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By Bill Walsh

When those that chronicle the heritage of the sport checklist the people who had the best effect at the nationwide soccer League, invoice Walsh will sincerely be one of the names of Halas, Lombardi, Brown, Landry, Noll and Shula. but if you think about who has impacted the sport such a lot by way of those that sought to repeat, emulate, reproduce or expand a definable method, sort or constitution, invoice Walsh stands on my own. to find the successful part, the trainer of 3 tremendous Bowl Championships illustrates and descriptions the elemental organizational, training and approach philosophies that he has used all through his career.

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The process must take into account a number of factors. In the final analysis, one critical question must  be answered: "Can this individual make a meaningful contribution to the team? " Evaluating Players who are Currently on the Roster As the head coach, you must ensure that a process is established to evaluate your players on an on­going basis even after they have joined your team. This evaluation  is typically performed by members of your coaching staff as part of their responsibility to help develop a projection of the team's needs for the upcoming year. between  the steps that you can take to make sure that such an evaluation is conducted in an appropriate way are the following: • Make sure that the evaluation is completed with both a short­term and a long­range appraisal in mind. • Project the maturation of younger players—how their skills and abilities may improve and how those  capabilities will affect the make­up and overall production of your team. As part of this effort, individual  and collective talent must be continually reassessed, with projections three to five years in the future. • Develop a plan for dealing with free agency as it affects your team's roster. Such a plan is critical, given  the high priority that many teams place on maintaining the continuity of their existing rosters and the fact  that most players are eligible for free agency in a relatively brief period of time (i. e. , if otherwise  unrestricted, five years or four years with a capped year). Page 114 Using Coaches as Talent Evaluators Members of the coaching staff should be given a substantial role in the scouting and evaluation processes of their teams. Typically hired because of their expertise and  experience in working with players at a particular position, these individuals have a wealth of knowledge that can be used in the evaluation process. Most of these men have either been in the league for a relatively long period of time or have moved up from the college ranks, where one of their duties often was to  evaluate athletes who were at a much younger and more difficult age for projecting their potential abilities. In either instance, it is very likely that your coaches have the  ability to systematically evaluate and project their players' attributes with respect to athletes' current and future status on the team. The observations and feedback provided by your coaching staff must be kept in proper perspective with the information and opinions offered by your team's scouting  employees. It is highly unlikely, for example, that a position coach would have had the opportunity to see the wide array of players that a regular scout has watched. Accordingly, the position coach would not be able to objectively compare the potential worth of a player at one position, relative to that of a player in another  place. Such judgments must be made by the existing team hierarchy of head coach, director of college and pro personnel, etc. or whatever structure has been  established by the organization.

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