Coaching is a thankless task………..just ask any coach!

Not many (if any) coaches take on the role to coach for the fame and glory, some just do it to help out lost poor souls who want to develop their shooting skills slightly better than the next person. Others wish to impart their knowledge on a group of “would be” coaches so they can go out and help others.

When running a coaching course for a group of individuals, many prospective attendees may not realise what actually goes into setting up such a course. Some may think it is just a regular occurrence and just attend and it’s all laid out in front of them and it goes ahead……But behind the scenes it usually takes several weeks prior, developing a programme to suit the applicants, organising with other presenters on their particular material and going over the content of each lecture many times to ensure the delivery of the lecture covers all the aspects of the material provided.

Then presenters need to contend with the “know it all” participant/s because they shot a good score “once” or they are in a higher grade than most, or the ones who just will not listen to logic and documented coaching data and fact.

Any coach running a course should come away from the weekends coaching having learnt something themselves. Whether it be something on a personal level (presentation wise) or a different way to present a topic, or just meeting good people.

And the same goes for “would be” coaches attending a course. They may know all the necessary skills to fire a shot but even with that knowledge, they should have an open mind as to how to present it, in a way so it develops other shooters skill levels for improvement. Or the other attendee who may not have the experience of the higher graders, but wish to increase their knowledge base to impart this gained knowledge to other members of their respective clubs. Not to mention the attendees that just stare at you!

So the presenter/coach has spent countless hours preparing for such an event behind the scenes only to be confronted with the wall placed in front of them with the know it all’s, why do I have to be here, I don’t do it that way, my way is better etc. Even get the parties that argue which way the sights should be adjusted!

At the end of the day, the presenter’s task is done and dusted. All attendees have passed (some just barely). So, what of the presenters/coaches? Maybe we expect a little too much from the attendees? Maybe just a thank you is all it takes to make this job rewarding? Mind you, most attendees do take the time say a big thank you, maybe it’s just the minority who think they are owed something and don’t have to thank anyone?

My Rant……………