Athlete Development Coaching Tips
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1) Read, Listen and Watch
Listen to CD’s and audio’s.
Watch great athlete development Coaches do what they do best.
But here’s the key (and it’s something I very seldom hear anyone else mention)…
Don’t just learn from the stuff or professionals you agree with.
We all like to be validated and stay in a relative comfort zone in terms of our knowledge
base, but this industry is chalk full of professionals who cast negative opinions about certain
training methodologies without truly understanding them.
Spend 75% of your time on learning from resources you enjoy and agree with. 15% of
your time on resources you COMPLETELY disagree with and the remaining 10% on
resources you have never heard of and are not at all familiar with.
A well-rounded education is predicated on knowing parts of it all.
2) Put in the Hours
There is no glory in by-passing the grunt work. It’s what makes you a truly great athlete development Coach.
Log hours in the weight room and on the field.
Train clients of all ranges and abilities.
As when working with kids and young athletes (something I know a little bit about) the
goal is to equip them with as much non-specific ability as possible. That’s what sets the
stage for there eventual mastery in sport or completely profiency in function.
The same is true about athlete development Coaching.
You must coach. You must learn and make mistakes. You must develop a literal blueprint
for how to program, teach and mentor clients.
The great one’s are artists of this craft. The only way to get there is to log the hours. Period.
3) Be Aware of the Extras
Training is fine and so is programming, but how you communicate to your clients and
understanding how they learn are arts that too many professionals overlook.
Go well outside this industry and study resources that will help equip you with the
knowledge necessary to reach every single one of your clients on a personal level.
Subjects like these will help you understand the true individual nature of the people you
come in contact with and assure that you are able to communicate with all of them in a
manner that best suits THERE needs.
Being a great Coach is not a ‘Lombardi-style’, one size fits all matter. It’s about athlete development and talking to
people on there level and inspiring them in a way that works for them.
What are your thoughts?