Wanting to do everything you can to be the best coach possible? The truth is, as a coach, you should be developing and improving your methods constantly. What works for one group of athletes, may not work for another. So it’s important to know your athletes and train them according to what they need. If you’re wanting to learn a few more ways to boost your coaching, you’ve come to the right place.
1. Focus on communication
One of the bases of effective coaching is having good communication between the coach and athlete. It’s a two way process that involves not only speaking, but listening as well. Encouraging effective communication can help you assess you athlete’s goals and needs. Often, sports coaches are great at talking, but aren’t as good at listening. In order to be a better coach, you need to take the time to listen to your athletes to understand what their thoughts are. When effective communication is achieved, stronger coaching – athlete relationship is formed.
2. Acknowledge athletes needs
If you’re coaching multiple athletes, it’s important to assess each of their needs and goals so you can come up with specific coaching sessions and programs. Systematic planning is very important to ensure athlete and development. Not every athlete is the same, so planning tailored training sessions can go a long way. This may be more difficult for larger teams, however, it’s still important to acknowledge the different needs and goals of each athlete, and provide a one-on-one session if need be.
3. Always analyze and evaluate
Continuous analysis and evaluation are essential qualities of a good coach. Each coach needs to analyze during practice sessions the following characteristics of individual members and the team as a whole: physical and mental levels, tactical and technical aspects, the extent to which goals have been achieved as well as her/his own coaching skills. Based on the results of such analysis and evaluation, a good coach will change or revise practice sessions to meet changing needs and demands of players.
4. Keep a coaching journal
Many coaches seem to underestimate the benefits of documenting training sessions and keeping training journals. From improving technique and boosting efficiency to providing clear direction for lessons, training journals are extremely helpful for both coaches, as well as athletes. Top coaches have been keeping training journals to aid them in improving team performance and efficiency. Bottom line is – every coach should be journaling regularly, and documenting decisions taken and the reasoning behind them.
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5. Keep an open mind
One of the most important qualities that can help you become a good coach and mentor is keeping an open mind. A good coach is open to new ideas and amenable to changes. They are open to trying out things in a different way. Additionally, a good coach is also open to criticism and must analyze their own shortcomings.
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