There has been lots of buzz about Brett Farve becoming an assistant coach at a high school. What school wouldn’t want to have the benefit of his experience? Brian Gearity a writer for HattiesburgAmerican.com asks if really is qualified to caoah high school football and just what are the qualifications that should be in place for any high school football coach. Here is an excerpt:
It is with the hope of making the world a thoughtful and caring place that I pose my most challenging and risky question to date.
Is Brett Favre qualified to coach high-school football?
Is it not sacrosanct to openly question the greatness of Favre? Yet, if we’ve learned anything from sports’ biggest blunders it’s that we need to hold those most powerful accountable and ask traditionally forbidden questions.
What are the qualifications to coach? This is a question without a definitive answer, but determining minimal qualifications is like setting up a safety net. It sets a threshold of knowledge in order to maintain the health and safety of all stake holders. While we’d really like every coach to be highly qualified, minimal qualifications are a start.
Coaches need to know about themselves, athletes and how to provide instruction. They need to know how to enhance physical performance through proper conditioning and injury prevention. Coaches have to decide more than team goals, but consider the core philosophy of their institution.
For example, is sport in schools (like Oak Grove) an educational activity as it’s supposed to be? Coaches then are supposed to be educators and athletes are learners. Or, is sport a business where the aim is profit through entertainment? Coaches then are managers of the production line and athletes are employees.
What difference does it make? Athletes as employees are treated as a means to an end.