Young Athletes Coaching
I have seen a fair amount of discussion on the merits of individual long term training vs. team long term training. I will submit a later entry to compare short term vs. long term training. My question is: Why do any of these things have to be mutually exclusive?
All I want to do here is share some approaches I or associates have used in the past with my young athletes:
Whole team long term training:
The positives: There is a long term relationship where the team can get used to a certain approach. You get to interact with the kids possibly throughout the critical athletic development years. Additionally, kids get to train with each other, and build team camaraderie. This approach can make training more affordable, and possibly result in more revenue.
The negatives (dependent on number of coaches and approach): Less one-one attention and some movement difficulties can fall through the cracks. There is less flexibility of routine and adjustment to routine when training a whole team (though the long term part of it helps to ease that a little).
Individual long term training:
Positives: There is a long term relationship where the coach can closely monitor the student. Movement difficulties can be more easily addressed. There is total freedom in adjusting to what makes this particular child “tick”.
Negatives: No team camaraderie. Sometimes training can get stale, so the coach must be a little more attuned to mood, etc. There is a lack of competition / interaction in training with peers of similar size and abilities. Must charge higher prices, and possibly less revenue overall.
The point here is that each approach has its positives and negatives. Neither is wrong, but knowing the features, positive and negative, of each, can help the practitioner make decisions. In fact, both models can be used within the same group / facility. These models can actually feed into one another.
I would like to hear thoughts on how you each would/do use either or both approaches.
– Dr. Kwame M. Brown
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