Coaching

How to coach safely during COVID-19

Coaching, training and sports has had to adapt to the new environment of COVID-19. While the pandemic is far from over, clubs are starting to re-open again with restricted measures in place to keep our athletes, coaches and communities safe. Here are a few tips on how to coach safely during COVID-19: 1. Use virtual platforms where possible One of the best ways to protect yourself and your team is to coach virtually. Using platforms like Zoom, Skype, Google Hangouts (and there’s plenty more!) are a great way to connect with your athletes without face-to-face interactions. Depending on your sport, it may be difficult to train virtually, however, it could be a good time to focus on analysing technique and performance. The Sprongo AI Video Analysis Platform allows for automated angle analysis of movement to help you review athlete performance in detail. Simply get your athlete’s to video themselves playing their sport,…

    CDC COVID-19 Sport Guidelines: What You Need to Know

    The current COVID-19 situation has forced us all to rethink how we work, train, and coach safely. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have released a set of COVID-19 sport guidelines to help protect our athletes and communities from the spread of the virus. For easy reference, we’ve broken down the COVID-19 sport guidelines you should follow. 1.  Assess the risk Each sport may have different degrees of risk. For instance, sports that require closer physical interaction with others or sharing of equipment will have a higher risk of spread, while individual sports may have a lower degree of risk. There are a few things to consider when assessing the risk of your sport: Physical closeness of players, and the length of time that players are close to each other or to staff. Amount of necessary touching of shared equipment and gear (e.g., protective gear, balls, bats, racquets, mats,…

      Why Observational Analysis is an essential coaching skill

      When it comes to training and improving sport performance, athletes look to their coaches for guidance. They rely on their mentors to give them valuable feedback on their performance so they can improve their skills, technique, and strive to be better athletes. This is why observational analysis is crucial for coaches to understand and undertake to lead their teams to success.

        3 ways to start building a positive and empowering 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 and empowering team culture. This is important because a team’s culture has a huge impact on the way your athletes perform, interact, and contribute to the team as a whole. We like the way League Network puts it – identifying your teams culture goes beyond the want and desire to win a match. It’s more about what your athletes beliefs, attitudes and values are. To start building a positive and empowering team culture, here’s where you should start. 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…

          5 ways to help improve your coaching technique

          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 improve your coaching skills, you’ve come to the right place! Easy Ways helps us understand some key points on how we can all be better coaches. 1. 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.…

            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…

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