Coaches wear many hats, one of which is manager. In April we discussed training session management. On this week’s GAINcast we look at another management function: competition management. When you think of the amount of time we invest in training, competition management demands our focus. Poor competition management means all of our preparation is for not. To help, we share our experiences and the key factors to consider in competition management and preparation.
Notes and quotes
On this episode we discuss the various aspects of competition management, from pyhsically and mentally preparing for competition, to the in-game actions that can make the difference.
Defining objectives and routines
- 2:00 – The management roles of the coach and thoughts on injury management: “The athlete should either be ready to go or not. “
- 6:00 – Defining the objectives of the competition.
- 8:45 – Using developmental competitions to experiment: “You don’t want to wait for an important competition to try a new routine. We want no surprises in competition. “
- 10:15 – Routines: “Routines are crucial. There’s a downside to routines, but that can be planned for. The unexpected should be expected. “
- 12:00 – The elements of pre-match and in-match routines.
- 14:45 – Thoughts on pre-match warm up.
- 16:00 – Halftime management.
Elements to consider
- 17:00 – Travel and venue management: “When you think of the amount of time we invest in training, competition management demands time too. “
- 19:30 – Making a checklist and some final thoughts.
- 22:15 – Competition debriefing.
- 22:45 – Making competition special. “Find routines that send signals to your brain that the competition is special . . . this is what I’m getting ready for. “
- 24:00 – Preparing for major championships.
- 25:45 – In-competition communication. “Competition should be athlete-centered, not coach-centered. Athletes should not be looking over to the coach to know what to do. “
- 29:15 – Preparing for the complexity of team sports and officiating.
- 32:00 – The pre-game talk: “What you say to the athlete should be short, to the point, relative to the goal, and reinforce the preparation. “
- 36:00 – Know the venue.
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The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic:
- The monthly theme on HMMR Media is the art of coaching, with numerous articles, podcasts, and videos looking at the topic from different perspectives. Join HMMR Plus so you don’t miss all the content on this topic.
- We covered the other major management role of coaches – training session management – on GAINcast 113. Vern also wrote about that topic here.
- Harry Marra, the coach of decathlon world record holder Ashton Eaton, talked about his communication style and competition management in GAINcast 47.
- The HMMR Podcast has also covered a few aspects of competition management, such as competition planning on Episode 81 and meet preparation on Episode 38. This month’s Episode 157 also touched on the topic.