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So you want to be a Coach?


The first thing a coach needs is knowledge. How would one get this knowledge? Well a start would be to be semi proficient in your sport. Don't have to be great, just know the basics inside out and some knowledge of how to tell the "story".

Some coaches are there to help others and impart what they know to new members or not so new the correct method to achieve a better result in their given sport. Other people decide to become coaches to feed their alter ego but know little of the intricacies of your sport and would not go out of their way to learn anything new or different.

How many books have you read on anatomy relevant to our sport or Psyche books to help elite athletes gain that edge? Read any books or gone to lectures on coach development skills?

If you answered no to any one of these, you're F@#$^d!

It may be that you are simply coaching a person/s on what you think is correct because it suits your style? Rather than looking to the manuals/books/videos/lectures etc and see what you can gather to offer people advice on the correct procedures to excel in their chosen sport. Maybe you want to just become a coach for the certificate to hang around your neck. Sorry, you're doing it for the wrong reasons.

Coaching is a thankless task teaching poor souls what they should have been told from day one and being sure they carry on this information to attain better scores, times, distances, etc whatever sport they have chosen. Thankless yes, but probably wouldn't give it up for quids.......... The thought of taking one person who is average at what they do and guide them into the correct procedures to achieve their goals and excel in their endeavours, gives any coach great satisfaction.

But what of the person with the alter ego who refuses to listen, read and absorb information given on coaching? Well they seem to talk a lot about what they do, did, used to do but no clear cut help with any problem solving. They may just give a person some tasks without any follow up process to follow so it becomes a continual learning experience for the athlete. Just go away and do this exercise, jump these hurdles, shoot these goals, etc for 30 minutes a day.

But how do I do these exercises, how do I jump these hurdles or shoot these goals? The finer points are not explained enough to the athletes and what generally happens is the rate of learning is diminished and no improvement can be seen.

Setting out a program of activities is one way of overcoming this but again, if a coach is too involved in what they are about instead of what the athlete requires, they may not have any idea how to set out such a program. There is a lot of info available on training, step training, tapering etc. Just go and find it.

My Rant over..........................

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