Getting Better as a Coach
Every Day is a School Day!
Credit: Sergio Lara-Bercial and England Golf
The best coaches continue learning throughout their careers. As the old adage goes: If you are not learning, you are going backwards.
In this section, we will share with you examples, frameworks and ideas to facilitate you becoming a lifelong learner and keep your sessions and programmes fresh and up to date.
Because having coached for 20 years does not mean we have 20 years of experience, but that perhaps we have had the same experience 20 times...
The long hours, countless sacrifices and dedication to intense training has paid off – your athletes have finally secured that elusive championship. As much as you try to avoid it, almost immediately talk turns to securing back-to-back titles.
Chasing a title keeps athletes hungry and focused. But when a team becomes champion the chase is over, and suddenly it is now being chased. That can make the season following a championship very stressful for athletes and coaches alike. And, as a result, title-winning teams find it very hard to regain anything resembling championship form.
To you and to the many coaches who have sought my advice after winning a title, I offer these informed suggestions.
Have you ever been frustrated, disappointed, or puzzled by your athletes’ behavior? Of course, happens all the time, right? We all experience those moments when we witness one of our athlete’s making a poor decision, showing lack of focus, or just plain acting out of character.
Winter is Coming! Keep warm with a great read by the fireplace! The iCK Team have created a Practical Summary of the comprehensive Coaching Children Literature Review and The iCK Pledge to provide clear and pragmatic advice to coaches on the ground.
This literature review is a central piece of iCK. It has provided the necessary evidence to aid the development of a European Coaching Children Curriculum to guide those developing training opportunities for coaches of children and young people in the European Union and beyond. The literature review and the ECCC are also informing the development of three Massive Open Online Courses during 2018 and 2019 that will be the final outputs of the project.
The final version of the European Coaching Children Curriculum has just been released. It aims to support the development of a specialist youth sport coaching workforce across the European Union. Check it out here!
In working with US Olympic and national team coaches I have a unique opportunity to interact with some of the most successful figures in the profession. One such coach is Anson Dorrance, the winningest team sport coach in collegiate history with 22 national titles and a 92% winning percentage in the past 36 years coaching the University of North Carolina’s women’s soccer team. Coach Dorrance also guided the US national women’s soccer team to the inaugural women’s World Cup championship in 1991. Last week I participated in a session with him and this is what I learned.
The ability to bounce back from the many setbacks that coaches inevitably experience during a long season and over the course of several seasons is a sign of resilience. Resilience is about much more than enduring the rough patches in coaching; it involves handling those tough situations with resolve and reserve. Accordingly, veteran coaches who demonstrate resilience are often described as highly disciplined, confident, and optimistic problem-solvers. A useful combination of qualities for any coach.
What does creativity mean for coaching? Nigel Hetherington tries to convince us in his new blog that We Are Not In Kansas Anymore! Are you ready to follow the yellow brick road?
Thinking about the magnitude of all the different elements of our sport we want to teach our kids can be a daunting task. So many things and so little time. No need to panic! In this blog, Leeds Beckett Sport Coaching Principal Lecturer and Leeds Force Basketball Coach Dave Piggott offers an innovative take on developing your step by step coaching curriculum borrowing from the field of education. Miss it at your own risk. This will change the way you coach.
At the end of the day, we want to make the kids we coach better people and better athletes/players. Being able to observe, analyse and evaluate not only the people we coach, but our own practice is pivotal to achieving a successful outcome. Listen to the Sports Coach UK experts Alan, Alison, CJ and Pete spill the beans on how they go about this.
Is failing to plan, planning to fail? Well, Sports Coach UK experts Alan Williams, Allison Tootill, CJ Lee and Pete Sturges think this is the case. Why you should plan and how to plan are covered here in great detail. A must watch for any coach.
Coaches do much more than setting up drills. In this simple yet comprehensive self-assessment tool, Sergio Lara-Bercial uses the 6 Core Functions of the Coach described in the International Sport Coaching Framework to help coaches get a feel for how they are doing in each of those areas. Don't feel you have to do them all. Prioritise what's important to you and go get better!
There are many ways to skin a cat and many ways to plan your seasons and sessions. Leeds Beckett University's Sergio Lara-Bercial shares with us here a very simple Excel document you can easily adapt to plan your season and sessions. Sergio is very keen on being able to link season, block, session and drill objectives and the planner allows for this. He is also very keen to save time so being able to copy and paste between worksheets is vital.
Another great infographic from Believe Perform offering wise advice for parents turned coaches. At your own risk!
Part of the new Coaching Children 4-workshop series developed by Sport Ireland Coaching and Leeds Beckett University, this 16-page factsheet contains highly applicable knowledge and coaching tips designed to help coaches understand how children learn best and what it means for our sessions.
Part of the new Coaching Children 4-workshop series developed by Sport Ireland Coaching and Leeds Beckett University, this 16-page factsheet contains highly applicable knowledge and coaching tips designed to help coaches understand how children grow and develop and what that means for our sessions.
Part of the new Coaching Children 4-workshop series developed by Sport Ireland Coaching and Leeds Beckett University, this 16-page factsheet contains highly applicable knowledge and coaching tips designed to help coaches understand what children want from sport and how to give it to them.
sportscotland and the Winning Scotland Foundation, in cooperation with the Positive Coaching Alliance, have developed a national programme called Positive Coaching Scotland (PSC). PSC aims to culturally transform the way coaching is delivered to create a more positive environment and to support the development of life-skills through sport.