Tag Archive for: Coaching Process

New Stuff

Yesterday I wrote about old stuff, but what about new stuff? I am certainly always on the lookout for new stuff. That being said I have very strict criteria when I evaluate new stuff to include in the system. The key word here is the system. Over 44 years of coaching I have evolved a system, before I add new stuff to the system I want to make sure it is better than something I am already using. Read more

Old Stuff

Yesterday I was going through some old files (Actual paper – Quite analog!) of workouts and training ideas. As systematic as I try to be I could not help asking myself why I had gone away from some of the things I saw there. I was also struck with the thought that some of the stuff that had not worked then would be perfect for a situation I am working with now. Read more

The Coaching Process

Coaching is a process that has a deep foundation in pedagogy (Science of teaching), supported by science, forged in experience, proven and tested in the competitive arena. At its essence coaching is teaching and the coach’s classroom is the track, the pool or the gym. To be truly effective as a coach it is important to remember it is not something you do for a couple of hours a day, it is something you are. Read more

Coaching – A Process

Coaching has been my life’s focus. I have had great role models and coaching mentors to guide me on this journey. I know it takes passion, commitment and focus, it also demands balance in your life if you want to be truly effective. Technical knowledge and proficiency is a given, that is the easy part. What exactly is coaching? Read more

Self-Management for Coaching Success

As coaches a huge part of our job involves management. Management of our athletes first, then management of our assistant coaches, support staff, facilities etc. To be a good coach it is absolutely necessary to be an effective manager. That being said the biggest management task we face is management of ourselves. Without effective self-management I contend it is virtually impossible to manage others effectively. In preparing a team or individuals the goal is always to be best for the big game, or for the championship meet or match. We get our athletes ready to go, but what about ourselves? We need be on our A game, completely energized, when often it is the opposite because we have failed to mange ourselves properly. Read more

Coaching Specialization

In the whole athlete development process we are very aware of the dangers of early specialization and even over specialization in young developing athletes. I was thinking yesterday after my interaction with some young coaches over the past couple of months that one of the biggest changes I see in the current generation of coaches is very narrow specialization. I see coaches who are incredibly knowledgeable in a very narrow area, but have no idea how their area fits into the bigger picture. As far as I can see this poses as much danger for the development of the coach as early specialization does for the athlete. My generation of coaches out of necessity had to be generalists. Read more

Rewards of Coaching

There is no doubt in my mind that the rewards of coaching are the intangibles. I know it is not championships and records, those quickly fade away, the real rewards of coaching are seeing young boys and girls grow up to be responsible self sufficient men and women. Some of those young men and women when they were athletes could not remember their shoes, or their shot put but over time they learned. Read more

On Coaching

When you see great coaching regardless of the level, you will see a strong foundation in pedagogy, what is done is usually supported by science, it is definitely forged in experience and proven and tested in the competitive cauldron. Read more

Intellectual Incest

If you look at the history of Europe you will see that effects of incest when the various members of royal families intermarried among first cousins and relatives. The result was idiocy. This is what I see in many areas of physical performance, rehabilitation and pseudo sport science today. You have too many people who are in effect marrying their first cousins by passing around the same ideas, never going outside their sphere of influence and not thinking critically. Read more

It’s Not About You

Despite what some coaches think it is not about you the coach. Lest we forget, it is about the athlete. Any good program recognizes that it is athlete centered and coach driven. The athlete is the reason we are coaching. Our effectiveness as a coach and the athlete’s success is highly dependent on our emotional intelligence. Read more