[powerpress] I have been involved in coach education for half my life. My passion is to help coaches be all they can be because in turn, while educating coaches, their athletes can also hope to achieve and realize their full potential. But coach education, the way we’ve done it, has failed. It’s failed. Speaking with
[powerpress] The concept of visualization or imagery has been around for a long long time. Anybody who’s daydreamed, anybody who’s sat and thought about what could be or what might be and specifically, anyone who’s sat and thought how would that look like? Everyone can see themselves in a different role. For example you might
[powerpress] Reverse coaching is the topic that I use when I’m running workshops for coaching groups. You can see immediately when I say, “We’re going to talk about reverse coaching” that everyone in the room initially looks puzzled. Now let me explain reverse coaching. One of the things you’ll notice with experienced coaches is they
[powerpresss] Every nation that I’ve visited over the past 20 years has tried to put in place a high performance sport system of some kind and most of the time that’s based around 2 things, funding and academies and institutes of sport or high performance centers. It doesn’t really matter what they’re called. But typically
Buy a copy of Bompa’s classic text on Periodisation, get out there and plan, plan, plan.
You just can’t coach without first developing a written down, detailed, systematic periodised annual training plan.
There is another way.
There are no real team sports anymore….every significant moment in a team sport competition is decided through a one on one contest. This post discusses how rugby has evolved from a team sport to a game where success is dependent on the optimal preparation and performance of every individual in the team.
The E.P.L – the English Premier League, is arguably the most exciting professional football competition in the world. It is also the most at risk. The history of professional sport has taught us one thing above all….long term, sustainable success is nearly impossible to achieve. And, the teams and competitions which are most at risk are those who have not learnt from the mistakes of the past. This post discusses the dangers in store for the EPL and suggests some ideas on how the EPL can choose to survive and thrive or die.
10000 hours to create a world class athlete. I don’t think so. Being the best is not about what you do…it’s how you do it. It’s understanding the difference between “content” and “intent” and that the attitude of an athlete to the way they train, prepare, compete and recover is what really makes a difference. This article and podcast challenges the 10000 hours concept and suggests that quality coaching and athlete engagement is what matters. Don’t count the training time….make the training time count.
Sport is an opportunity for kids to learn skills for life – it should be enjoyed. There are sporting kids. There are sporting coaches. But the critical people in the sporting equation are sporting parents. Sporting parents – i.e. parents of children who play sport are a critically important part of the sports experience. A
Motivation is something many coaches talk about.
Some read about it and try to learn the secrets of motivation in a bid to help their athletes achieve the impossible.
Others spend money on motivational speakers to try and motivate their athletes through a passionate team talk or an explosive, emotional pre-performance presentation.
Others attend courses, go to workshops and enrol in mental skills programs to learn the mysteries of motivation.
Coaches….don’t waste your time and money.
No one can motivate anyone to do anything.
You need to understand Motivation and Coaching.
Sometimes you win. Occasionally you win easily. But most of the time you win when it’s difficult, challenging and when things go wrong…winning ugly.
Sometimes you win.
Very rarely do you win easily when everything goes the way you planned it to go in training.
Sometimes winning is about winning ugly.
So what is winning ugly?
How may times do you actually go out on the field with all of your best players 100% fit and healthy and in the best form of their lives?
c. All the time
If you answered d. Never – give yourself a round of applause.
The aim of the game is to win. In a perfect world the “football-fairy” appears and magically transforms your team into a perfect performance powerhouse that seemingly wins with ease.
In the real world, there is no “football-fairy” and you’ve got to win when you’re tired, when you’re fatigued, when you’re not feeling great – you gotta find ways of winning ugly.
The Home and Away philosophy is the cornerstone of all professional sporting competitons around the world. But it is a myth. For the well prepared player and the uncompromising coach, the Home and Away concept is nothing but a sham and a remnant of the “old-days” when sport was unprofessional, coaches uninformed and players uneducated. Now, there are no longer Home and Away Games…there are just Games: Games to be fought and won by the best prepared players and the most uncompromising coaches.