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The Challenge Of Coaching Across Different Levels

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Amy Bokker (@AmyBokker) is the head coach for the Women’s Lacrosse team at Stanford University. Since joining the Cardinal in 2009, Bokker has established Stanford as the West’s premier program, consistently ranked among the country’s Top 25. She also serves as an Assistant Coach for the U.S. Women’s National Lacrosse Team.

Bokker talks about coaching across different levels in this video clip. This can be challenging for a coach, especially when transitioning from a more highly skilled team with more polished athletes to a team of players who are not so fully developed. As Bokker jests, her collegiate teams have the hardest practices after she spends time coaching the National Team.

But these challenges can be positives, as Bokker points out. Coaching at different levels helps coaches see various aspects of the game and stages of player development. It also puts the game in perspective and encourages patience when dealing with beginners.