The Daily Athlete Training Environment D.A.T.E. is a term which is used to describe the day to day opportunities provided for an athlete to help realise their full potential. This article discusses the DATE concept and why the most important part of the DATE is the A….the athlete.
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?
There is nothing new about integrating the Mind and the Body to realise successful sports performance. However, what is new is integrating Mind and Body in all aspects of sports coaching and athletic performance every day. This article discusses Sports Psycho – Physiology and challenges athletes, coaches, sports scientists and sporting organisations to reassess how they go about applying the integrated Mind-Body concept in their daily athlete training environment.
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.
Visualisation (imagery) is a technique which many high performance athletes use in their preparation for peak performance and competition. However, visualisation is just as powerful when used by coaches to enhance their coaching performance. This article introduces coaches to the topic of Coaching and Visualisation and discusses how to incorporate visualisation techniques into your coaching program to increase the likelihood of success.
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?
High Performance sport is founded on a relatively simple equation: you either win or you lose.
A critical aspect in understanding the “losing process” is to find the answer to this question….were you outplayed or out-talented?
[powerpress] Leadership in sport is a little bit like the weather. Everyone talks about it, everybody’s got a view about it, but very few people really understand it. We’ve made a big transition in sport over the last 20 years. A long time ago, sport and leadership is very much about captaincy. At the beginning
[powerpress] Every coach in every sport will tell you that their sport is about skill. Football coaches, it’s about skill. Swimming coaches, it’s about skill. Rugby coaches, it’s about skill. Every sport believes that their sport is based on the fundamentals of the core skills of their sport. And to the most part they’re right.
[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