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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…

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…