Having visited more than 30 countries in four continents in the past few years and spent time with sports leaders, coaches, athletes, sponsors, sports scientists, sports academics, sports medicine practitioners, sports administrators, government funding agencies and other sports professionals in many of the world’s leading sports systems,five world wide trends in society
(and by extension in sport) have become very clear and are screaming so loud that they can no longer be ignored.
Ignore them at your peril.
Can you achieve the same or better performance results with reduced training volume? More on More with Less.
One of the greatest challenges many traditional Olympic sports face is how to achieve the same or better results in less time. Kids and parents have very little spare time and for sports like swimming, track and field, rowing, diving, gymnastics, tennis and cycling, finding ways to optimise athletic development and enhance sports performance efficiently: i.e. achieving better performances in less time has become an increasingly important aspect of coaching around the world.
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.
Coaching is creativity.
To the successful coaches of the future, creativity will be a core coaching skill: right up there with communication, passion, empathy, commitment, the ability to engage athletes and sports specific technical skill.
But what does it mean to be creative and to coach creatively. And to coaches who are not naturally creative, can they learn to be?
Or to the coach with a hammer, is every athlete a nail?
So much of the world’s high performance sports dollars (or Yens or Yuans or Euros or Pounds or Pesos or Rands depending on where you come from), time, energy, focus and attention is spent on three things:
- Talent identification;
- Talent recruitment;
- Talent development.
Or if you like, find them, sign them, refine them.
And most of the world has still got it wrong. There is a better way.
The great philosopher (and possibly football coach) Aristotle once said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.”
That being the case, (and with apologies to Stephen Covey) – what are The Ten Habits of Highly Effective Coaches?
What are the things that great coaches do every day that makes them great?
The Perfect (medal) Storm: Why the Medal Count in the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games is about to return to normal.
The Commonwealth Games medal table is about to return to normal in Delhi.
And, unfortunately for Australia, this could mean a reduction in medals of up to 20% compared to results at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.
The Perfect (Medal) Storm which has existed since 1994 is at an end and it is time for normal viewing to return.
The 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India, are only months away.
What are we hearing from some athletes, coaches, administrators, the media and the public?
“It’s going to be hot over there”
“I am so worried about the security issues”
“How will we manage the travel?”
“I’m worried about the food and the health issues”
“I’m an endurance athlete – how will I compete when I have to breathe in all that pollution”.
Here’s a solution for you – don’t go!
If you are already talking yourself out of medal contention, then don’t go. Drop out. Give up now.
Step back and let someone else -someone who wants to win and who will do whatever it takes to prepare to win in Indian conditions to take your place.
Or learn from this……
With the 19th Commonwealth Games in Delhi less than a year away, people are starting to get excited about the opportunity for high level competition and the potential to win medals and glory for their nations, their teams, their sports and themselves.
There will be three types of athletes, coaches (and even nations) at the Commonwealth Games next year in Delhi:
- Those who have planned and prepared poorly and have no chance of winning;
- Those who have done some basic planning and preparation and with a little luck have some chance of winning;
- Those who have planned and prepared professionally, thoroughly and systematically and with an uncompromising attention to detail and who will win.
The question you have to ask yourself is…..which one am I?