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.
Ever wanted to know what’s holding you back as a coach? Ever wanted to know why you are not realising your potential?
This post, “The Top Ten Reasons Why Coaches Fail” outlines the ten biggest mistakes coaches make, discusses how you can avoid them and in doing so ensure your coaching becomes everything it could and should be.
In part one of this post we discussed the possibility of Coaching Without Periodisation.
In part two we will look at an alternate way of working with athletes and helping each individual you coach to realise their full potential and achieve their training and performance goals.
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?
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.
News Flash, Lausanne, Switzerland. Here is the latest news.
The IOC today announced that effective immediately there will be two Olympic Cycles.
The first one, known from this date forward as the “Pretenders Cycle” will run on the traditional four year Olympic cycle.
The second cycle, announced today as the “Contenders Cycle”, is a six year cycle. It is expected that the majority of Olympic medal winners will be using the new six year cycle.
Our Olympic reporter Wayne Goldsmith has more…..
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……