Ric Charlesworth’s team management philosophy: 2 lessons about how to manage your players into success!

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On how to develop the player’s creativity:

“I think it is important that people have the opportunity to express themselves and be creative, but you make a mistake when you go searching for that. The stuff that makes your game solid is the everyday essential skills. The best players have the best basics and what some people see as flair is superior practiced skill. Roger Federer is an example of that. No one scores a goal against our team unless generally we get four or five consecutive things wrong. If any of those errors are not made, we have the ball and it’s heading in our direction.”

On treating the players fairly but not equally:

“Everyone’s circumstances are different, so you can’t treat them the same.  Somebody who has performed better in the past might be treated differently to someone who is a newcomer.  History means something.  Someone who is married with kids is treated differently to someone who is single because they have different pressures.  There maybe someone who has a sick parent.”

By Pablo Mendoza

Pablo Mendoza is an FIH Hockey Academy Educator and the owner of A Hockey World. Contact: pablo@ahockeyworld.net