Student to me: Yes XYZ called me and asked me if they could coach me.
I get this a lot especially from the new breed out there. I operate by a different set of rules than many of my competitors. Calling students of other coaches is a huge no-no for me. I have said this before on this forum and I will repeat it again; I will never call anyone and ask them if I can coach them. They must come to me. All and I repeat-All of my athletes have come to me.
I have even cut a few loose that have championship potential.
If you think you can get a fast answer to your racquetball issues-you are wrong. It takes time and work to build a champion. Some people are not happy with the long haul.
My way works. I proved it in the 70s. 80s, 90s, and am still proving it. I don’t go to tournaments with three players–I go with a few more than that!–in the US Open I had 18 and 11 were pros. In National juniors this year I had 11. Back to ethics. I may lose a few athletes because I do not seek out people and I do not stretch ethical boundries. In the long run four things are great about this approach.
1. Success builds more success.
2. Athletes who need me are ready to be coached.
3. If I sought out athletes and tried to “talk” them into coaching, I would need them; not the other way around!
4. I can sleep at night!
If someone is calling you; do you need them? Or do they need you?