Every professional sporting code in the world has problems with alcohol….specifically, problems with the way that players and athletes abuse alcohol. This article raises some important issues around sport and alcohol and offers some practical suggestions for players, coaches and administrators to help manage the issue in their sport.
I hear it all over the world.
In every sport.
In every club.
Coaches asking, “How do I get this generation of athletes to work hard””
The greatest challenge sport has ever faced in upon us.
It affects coaches.
It affects teachers.
It affects sports scientists and sports medicine practitioners.
It affects sports administrators, managers and sporting organisation Board members.
It affects the parents, carers and partners of athletes.
Are you up to the challenge?
Coach education is at the crossroads.
One thing is for certain, the way we have trained, educated and developed sports coaches in the past is not working. It has failed.
Let’s talk about a new approach in Coach Training, Education and Development: A Client Focused Approach.
Let’s talk about CoachT.E.D. (pronounced Coached): Coach Training, Education and Development.
And most importantly, let’s talk about training, educating and developing more coaches and better coaches: coaches who can provide every person involved in sport with the environment and the opportunity to develop a passion for sport, a life long love of physical fitness and activity and the chance to choose a path to realise their potential as athletes and human beings.
It’s all the same. All over the world, in every sport, when coaches write training workouts they think in terms of the big three physiological variables only: volume, intensity and frequency (how much, how hard, how often). But what if there was another way? What if instead of writing training sessions based on the physical aspects of performance, coaches and athletes built their training sessions and programming around the mental side of performance. This article challenges coaches and athletes to look at putting physiology last when they design and deliver training sessions and to think about what might happen if they looked at things differently.
Everyday I get emails and calls from coaches, athletes and parents looking for the secret to success. They get really disappointed when I tell them the truth. That is that there is no secret training set, no miracle powders, no super-supplements, no NASA developed training equipment – nothing – that guarantees sporting success except commitment. Giving 100% of your time, energy, resources, drive, enthusiasm and passion to the achievement of your sporting goal is the only real non negotiable in sport if winning is your aim. This article discusses commitment and challenges coaches and athletes to challenge themselves about where they fit on the Commitment Continuum.
In part one of this article we looked at different types of Sporting Parents.
Here are a few more……see if you recognise anyone you know.
Hello Tennis Parents.
Put your hand up if you answer “YES” to two or more questions in the Tennis Parents Ten Question Quiz:
- Do you believe your child will be a successful, well paid professional tennis player?
- Do you tell other parents that your child is “a high achiever”?
- Do you talk about tennis at least once a day with your child over meals or away from the court?
- Are you prepared to sacrifice your child’s education so they have a great chance of becoming a professional player?
- Do you regularly ask the coach to work your child harder or to change something about their game?
- Do you get emotionally involved in your child’s successes and failures on the training court?
- Do you allow your child to show a bad attitude, poor sportsmanship and / or a poor temperament (e.g. racket abuse)?
- Have you ever argued or fought with parents of other kids about the results of a game?
- Do you refer to your child as “my son or my daughter the tennis player”?
- Have you spent more than $500.00 on a single tennis racket for your child?
Well, here’s the bad news. If you answered “YES” to two or more of the above, the chances of your child becoming a successful professional tennis player are…………………NIL or very close to it.
There was a time when a new head was the solution to all problems in a high performance sports team.
Team not winning – get a new head coach.
Team’s culture not right – get a new head coach.
Team’s attitude and commitment flagging – get a new head coach.
Times have changed.
A new head coach is no longer the solution in high performance sport.
Talent Identification – the way we currently do it – doesn’t work.
Here are some things that do and some ideas on how to do it better.
- Leadership is about the future;
- Management is about the present;
- Education is about the past.
So what’s this got to do with why Talent ID programs in the Western world are dismal failures?
One of the greatest myths in sport is that it is the workout that wins.
That is, that the secret to sporting success lies in how you manipulate volume, intensity and frequency.
Coaches spend years and years crafting their workouts, building invincible programs and creating the perfect combination of work and rest that will deliver them and their athletes the success they dream of.
And it is largely a myth.
It is not the workout that wins…you have to win the workout.