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Thomas K. Ewing

Most coaches are retired former players, despite a growing body of evidence to suggest that being a great player is, in and of itself, no guarantee of coaching success. Why is this? What is the best pathway to the head coach role? Do tertiary qualifications add value? In contemplating these questions, five empirical generalisations are advanced, followed by three recommendations to improve the calibre of coaches in general, and cricket coaches in particular. At no point is it suggested that star players cannot make great coaches, nor that coaches with degrees are in any way superior to those without. The goal of the article is simply to challenge the status quo, to stimulate debate, and to influence practice and scholarship.

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Sadjad Soltanzadeh and Mitchell Mooney

a champion team. An atomistic thinker would try to build a team of champions by recruiting the so-called star players. For a systems thinker, it doesn’t even make sense to talk about star players or compare players outside the teams to which they belong. A player who might be valued highly in one

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Line D. Danielsen, Rune Giske, Derek M. Peters, and Rune Høigaard

) and subsequently team performance. Cope, Eys, Beauchamp, Schinke, and Bosselut ( 2011 ) identified 12 specific informal roles that seem to exist in sport (e.g., comedian, star player, cancer, and distractor) and how each role influences the team. The categorization of both formal and informal roles

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Andy Gillham and Craig Stone

from an abundance of caution in that 8 of the 16 participants have been “starters” for at least 2 years in the NFL, with one being a 6-year starter, six participants having played in a Super Bowl, two participants having been All-Star players, and one player having earned the highest accolade by being

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Cassidy Preston and Jessica Fraser-Thomas

larger aims: I need to know my players and put the right players on at the right times. For example, a player who has played a strong game and has done the little things well should be put on at the end of the game or in a key situation. Likewise, I need to sit a star player for not doing the little

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Iñigo Mujika

forth. Nevertheless, everyone realizes that the “star players” would be ineffective without the support of their teammates. The same applies to sport scientists in general and sport physiologists in particular. Our set of professional skills can be put at the service of individual athletes, sport teams

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Michael McDougall, Noora Ronkainen, David Richardson, Martin Littlewood, and Mark Nesti

said “well I knew if I said anything, I wouldn’t get to play.” So, we were starting this guy, a star player, in every game and we’re thinking “why’s he not playing properly? Why is his head going down?” Well, he’s playing with a serious injury and he didn’t feel he could tell the coaches before the