Helping You Plan Your Coaching
Are you a Car Park Planner?
I mean, do you plan your coaching session in the car park minutes before you stand in front of the kids? Do you plan your session at all?
It has been said time and again, but it is true:
FAILING TO PLAN (or planning poorly) is PLANNING TO FAIL.
Great coaches at any level spend considerable time making sure that sessions have well defined objectives and that they fit within a bigger picture of where they want their kids to be in the future.
And yes, TIME IS AN ISSUE, that's why in this section, you will find materials to help you understand not only why planning is important, but suggest good ways to plan and tools to save you time and make your planning life much easier.
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.
In this short blog Leeds Beckett University's and world-renown coaching science expert Andy Abraham makes the case for the need to, without making it complicated, embracing the complexity inherent in coaching young children. Thankfully he also gives us key principles that when observed will make it much more likely that kids both have a great time and learn lots.
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.
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.
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.
Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) was developed in the 1980s by Rod Thorpe, David Bunker and Len Almond. They were looking for a better way to teach games in a PE context. Nearly 40 years later, TGfU has become one of the best known and followed approaches, not only in PE, but also in sport coaching. In this blog, Leeds Beckett Sport Coaching Principal Lecturer and Leeds Force Basketball Coach Dave Piggott spells out the key components of the TGfU model and their implications for coaches. He even provides some video examples of some great games. Time to play!
In this very insightful blog, Paul Gamble cuts through the debates surrounding the concept of Long Term Athlete Development and provides much needed clarity and context to resolve some of the confusion. SInce the 'Why' is generally agreed upone, here Paul attempts to move things forward by finding shared ground and common principles to guide the 'what' and 'how' in relation to LTAD.
In this short video, iCoachKids Project Supporter sportscotland gives coaches a quick introduction to the topic of Growth & Maturation and how it affects developing athletes. The video introduces the key challenges that Growth & Maturation pose for coaches and hints at some of the solutions. It also provides some very useful ideas in relation to how to adapt practice for different levels of ability or for athletes with different impairments.
This video is a promotional piece for 'Growth & Maturation', a 3-hour workshop part of the sportscotland Coach Connect professional development series for youth coaches. So don't worry if you can't make it to the beautiful Scotland, this video will set you on the right path when it comes to understanding your athletes' Growth & Maturation
Please visit the sportscotland Growth & Maturation pages here
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.
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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 and develop the Fundamentals of Movement.