How coaches can build a positive team culture

As a coach, your role within a team is not only to be a mentor, trainer, and guide, but it’s also to create a positive team environment and culture. A team’s culture is what defines the team’s identity. And in order to identify what your team culture is, you need to know what you and your athletes stand for. It goes beyond what they believe it takes to win. It’s more about their beliefs, attitudes, and values about competition. To start creating a positive team culture, here’s what you need to do. Reach out to your team We’re talking about ‘team’ culture here, and that means it shouldn’t be defined just by you as a coach, it should be defined by the whole team. So to determine what your team culture is all about, you’ll need to have a discussion with your team about what they believe are the characteristics that…

5 ways to boost your coaching

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…

How team notebooks can help improve athlete performance

We’ve talked about the importance of coaches keeping journals, but it’s also important for team members to do the same.

Why, you ask?

Well, having team notebooks that work as both a workbook, and a reflective journal, helps athletes critique the team’s play and think more objectively about their performance. Many coaches around the world have incorporated team journals as part of their training and development program.

Virtual Coaching and its benefits

Like in so many aspects of our world, technology has had a big impact on our approach to learning and development. From e-learning, to apps (aka Sprongo!), to gamification, and AI, digital technology enables us to enhance our coaching and athlete development methods.

This is where virtual coaching comes in. We’ll take you through what it is, and how it can benefit our athletes of today.

The benefits of coaches keeping training journals

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. Geoff Twentyman, who was Liverpool Football Club’s Chief Scout between 1967 and 1985, began using this method by making meticulous notes after each scouting and training trip he made during his career. The method was passed down to his peers, with coaches noting down different aspects of their work, from training, recovery, and tactical approaches in varying situations. The journals eventually became the reference point whenever the club was faced with similar situations, allowing them the luxury to judge whether to take a similar approach or not. Top coaches have been keeping training journals to aid them in improving team performance and efficiency. Bottom line is – every coach should be…