Click the cross to close this cookie notice. X
Add a hyperlink to the space navigation. You can link to internal or external web pages. Enter the Tab name and Tab URL. Upload or choose an icon. Then click Save.
I'm interested to hear what your top tips are for coaching adults. This is with a view to turning it into a blog post so the tips can benefit all future members of ConnectedCoaches as we did in the Coaching Youth (Age 13-18) group where members shared their top tips for coaching 13-18 year olds. I look forward to reading your responses.
I have just recently take up a coaching role working with senior rugby players, all my coaching experience previous to this has been with junior players. I'm enjoying working with a different group the new chalanges it presents. Has anyone else made a similar step? I very much try to adopt a player centered approach with lots of questioning and most of my coaching is conducted through game-play. The adults seem to be very new to this style of coaching - has anyone esle experienced anything similar?
Controversial perhaps, but i've certainly tended to find that with older athletes who have often been spoon fed, through school and perhaps coaching, when they do meet what I think of as modern coaching...
Well they can find it frustrating to actually have them be encoraged to find the answers, so I think it does take a bit of time and patience. I still firmly beleive it is worth persevering with though.
"i dont know, you're the coach...you tell me"
With the adults I coach, they have entered sport at a more mature age - so haven't skated as a youth, but have always wanted to do so!
I find that they tend to want more specific instructions with the skill broken down in fine detail. They like to know how something works so to speak - so with a child I can tell them to place their foot at a specific point and to think of that when executing a new skill but with an adult skater I find I have to tell them where, when why and how because they think a lot more.
Often, I tell them not to overthink - as we are training muscles to eventually execute a skill without detailed thought, simply because they don't have the time in the air (jumping for example) to do so!
Keep going with the questioning and game like situations, they will get used to it. Questioning will develop their understanding of why they do things in certain situations. Which means as a coach you will have to direct less when on the side lines.it will take time to get the questioning right, just make sure it's open ended and leads them to discuss what you want.
Hockey have something called the golden thread with regards to how to coach. It's very interesting.
As a coach who has worked with adults participants, with a range of motivations and skills sets for a number of years. I have developed some top tips for working with adults and providing an excellent coaching environment.
There needs to be a recognition that all participants young and old will be motivated in different ways, some by mastering a new skill, whilst others will be motivated by gaining a positive result over an opponent or opposition team. As coaches we need to be able to differentiate between participants goals accordingly and then support and encourage participants to strive to achieve these and continue to set short, medium and long term goals.
Finally all coaches need to continue to actively learn, develop and share ideas with other coaches. Watching other coaches deliver, attending formal training and educations opportunities or utilising the ever expanding online coaching community to share ideas is crucial for all coaches working in all areas of sport to continually improve and develop their practice.
Choose a location
UK Coaching is the brand name of registered UK Charity The National Coaching Foundation.
© Copyright The National Coaching Foundation, 2015, All rights reserved.
Registration Number 2092919 Charity Registration Number 327354
Registered Offices at: Chelsea Close, Off Amberley Road, Armley, Leeds, LS12 4HP
Homepage images ) Alan Edwards and Coachwise/SWpix?