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What are your top 5 coaching tips?

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  • robertkmaaye

    Hope everyone had a good bank holiday!

    One of the things we like to do on ConnectedCoaches is produce images of members coaching top tips so we can share them on twitter (@connected_coach) so that as many people as possible benefit from your coaching experiences.

    Reply to this thread with your top 5 coaching tips and we will get them mocked up as images and share them on twitter as we did here.

  • David_T

     Morning all...Some thoughts from me are:

    1. Try to ensure the use of technology doesn’t grind a session to a halt.  It’s there to enhance but not dominate and your participants should be involved in the process.
    2. Never copy what another coach is doing, unless you know exactly why they are doing it.
    3. Find ways to let your participants have volunteering and coaching opportunities themselves.  This will enhance their understanding and ownership…it could make your life easier too.
    4. If you can’t demonstrate well, it’s often best not to bother or get someone who can.  It’s amazing how quickly participants pick up and copy a coaches technical flaw.  They may even think it is good technique because you do it that way.
    5. Speak less!  Listen more.  You need to learn their language and interpretation of the sport.
  • IanMahoney

    Stay positive, coaches are the unsung heros. You know you're doing the right thing when an athlet performs to their best, Something you guided them to.

    Ask an athlete why they are doing something that you haven't covered with them. Eg a stretch or a particular sports drink. Many athletes copy other people and don't always know why they do things.

    Never interver with a Doctors (GP) advice. they don't everything but years of studying they know a lot, As coaches we are only guiders.

    Observe other coaches how thay handle situations. eg lateness, unwilinness to do what is asked. One day you might acroos the same situation(s) knowing how the handle it can pay divdends.

    Use the words, 'please' and 'thank you' when talking within your groups, there is nothing worst working with someone who is agreesive and too full of themselves. Any athlete can have an off day, only investigate if it continues.

  • willcanhappen

    1. Let the participants "unload" - Let them chat to their team mates on arrival to sessions. It's a great way to hear about their day/week, the type of mood they are in and how you then might adapt the start of the session to grab their attention, fuel motivation, pick up on a personal goal etc...

    2. Stay calm - There are various points in training cycles when as coaches we tend to change our own behaviours and might not be that aware of it i.e. the session before a tournament, match, tour etc... The players can see chnages in the coach too as much as we observe changes in their behaviours.

    3. Share - Gone the days when we shielded our insight and skills. Connected Coaches is a prime example in how a community can work together to provide a place for people to love sport/physical activity, play and learn.

    4. Have Strength (integrity) - There are people in the coaching community who appear like super coaches and are our idols. Respect them and their opinion but they don't have all the answers and methods! If you have something that you believe in or value in your practice stick to it. If you know and are comfortable with the "why" stay true to it. There are coaches up and down the various ages and stages of sports who are idols/role models to the participants they coach. In the context that you coach in your methods might just be out of this world!

    5. Have respect for........ - The game, the opposition, your players, your fellow coaches and the supporters. We all need eacother in this game and the game will give back to you for this I'm sure.

    6. One that I haven't done for a while but intend to get back to....... With your coaching philosophy, values etc.... write it down/review it (whatever makes you aware of it) and then in the next session, get somebody to film you coaching. Watch it and specifically and review if your coaching behaviours mirrors your philosophy. If you're up for improving, be brave and give it a go!!

  • Ralph

    Tip 1 Never coach for appreciation.

    It’s a very rare parent that appreciates the benefit you bring to their child. Most will subconsciously undermine what you do.

     Tip 2 Always charge.

    Apart from the most valuable thing you have is your time, your expertise is valuable. Charging doesn’t necessarily have to monetary but never give it for free, it will be seen as valueless.

     Tip 3 Don’t take yourself seriously.

    Nobody else will, so do all you do for fun, enjoy being good at it. Avoid getting bogged down in outcome, only the journey is important, so take time to admire the view.

     Tip 4 Take everyone seriously.

    It will look like you are respected but only if you get them the results they’ve been brainwashed to expect. Almost everyone will have unrealistic expectations.

     Tip 5 Be ruthlessly honest.

    Have realistic expectations, S.M.A.R.T., NEVER BEFRIEND PARENTS. You’re doing this for the athlete and yourself.

  • Hello Everyone,

    Finally got around to this Rob, apologies I've been busy with university work. Here they are:

    1) Coach Attitude as well as Ability

    I believe athletes benefit from having somebody to guide them through their development of character. Try leading by example: be on time, be hard-working, be polite, etc. - Athletes will follow suit.

    2) Appreciate and Apply a Variety of Sports

    Break the mould. All my athletes benefit from aspects of gymnastics, martial arts & football training and others. It helps create tough, adaptable, well-rounded performers.

    3) Communicate

    Give and seek feedback. Ask and Answer questions. Develop a network... This helps you reflect on your practice, develop coaching efficiency and provide the best opportunities for you and your athletes.

    4) Break the Mould

    Do the same things, get the same results! If something is not working, think outside the box and find a fitting solution. Don't be afraid or sceptical of change, your athletes are always changing so you need to prepared for change too.

    5) Education, education, education

    Although 'how' you coach is highly important, 'what' you coach is just as critical. Research and information is constantly being added to, what may be 'right' today may not be 'right' tomorrow. Seek educational opportunities and study by yourself.

    Thanks to everyone for taking the time out to read these tips, look forward to reading all of yours too.

    Jonathan Benjamin

    Birchfield Harriers - Athletics Coach

    Newman University - Sports Student

  • gareth.a.smith

    Here are my five top tips....it could have been 10 though!

    1. Honesty and Integrity.

    • Be truthful to yourself and your players when providing feedback and honor your word. Don't raise aspirations or hope through false promises. Honesty and integrity provide certainty and clarity for yourself and your players.

    2. Prepare yourself to be the best YOU can be.

    • Know your sport. Know the positions within your sport. Know your players. Know yourself as a coach. 
    • Gain the relevant experience and knowledge which will equip you to be the best you can be as a coach (observe others, practice, read, research).
    • Plan the detail of your sessions; consider the 'what ifs', establish how you will effect each player within your session and how you will achieve your outcomes.

    3. Seek feedback and reflect.

    • Don't be afraid of asking your players and others coaches for feedback on your sessions.
    • If you can film yourself coaching DO IT. It may be the most uncomfortable but most rewarding thing you do.
    • Reflect on your coaching; what are your strengths and how can you improve these, what are your areas for development and how will you turn these into positives?

    4. Make the players want to come back.

    • Eddie Jones describes it as 'being a servant to your players', in otherwords doing everything you possibly can to make your players the best they can be.
    • Create an environment which the players enjoy but which most importantly challenges them and encourages them to develop their decision making and problem solving skills.

    5. Coach with a smile.

    • No one wants to turn up to a session to see a miserable face. 
    • Our job is to enthuse, to inspire, to motivate, to create moments which our players will remember throughout their careers.. 
  • paddy

    hi im new to this and i dont have 5 tips  i have been coaching boxing at all levels for 40 years and the one thing i have definitely learned is that athletes never really learn on the night, they learn over a period of time in their own way.  so our no 1 priority is to have the patience to let them learn their skillsin their own time

    Paddy harmey

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