Clearly, this is neither healthy nor necessary. Parents should be very welcome and valued members of the sporting family. They have the potential to contribute a great deal. They have the right to be close to, and to enjoy, their children’s sports experience in healthy ways.
Coaches communicate in a variety of ways. What we say, what we write, what we do, how well we listen, and how close we are to those with whom we are communicating are among the most obvious mechanisms for communication.
With young athletes, it’s best to be happy, cheerful, positive, and encouraging. This defines and reflects the whole environment. In times of stress, be calm and gentle – despite how challenging it seems in the moment. When giving instruction, be concise and brief, as the attention span for most youth participants can be very short. Provide “constructive instruction”; build up rather than tear down; use lots of how-tos and minimize the don’t-dos. [Read more…]
One of the main responsibilities of a professional coach is providing feedback that supports their clients’ learning and development. Feedback about performance can benefit your clients, athletes, or team in several ways, and two of the main functions are to motivate and to instruct.
Here are some tips on how to give feedback that helps your clients recognize and avoid their mistakes, and inspires them to achieve their full potential.
Philosophical considerations become important because coaches have to decide whether to develop general athleticism first and sport-specific athleticism second – or develop a quick fix for instant success.
But this disrupts normal progress and may trigger the participant or resort to a quick fix, instant success method. The latter tends to backfire, often resulting in stale phases that interfere with the athlete’s normal progress.
This quick fix method tends to create frustration and motivational problems; this may trigger the athlete to drop out of the activity. [Read more…]