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Imagine if athletes were cars racing around a racetrack, where lap times are a performance indicator and the coach is the one driving the car. There are mechanics, technicians and other specialists (strength and conditioning coach, physiotherapist) in the pits providing support and information, but the driver has to listen. All of a sudden a warning light (pain) comes on in the dashboard. The driver sees it, but ignores it. One of the technicians sees it on his computer, but can’t do anything about it while the car is racing around the track. Soon the car will come in for a pitstop, change of tires (new shirt) and a bit of fuel (water). The technician tells the driver, I need to have a look at that warning light, I think I know the issue, but it will take time to fix. The driver says, sorry, haven’t got the time I need to be on the racetrack. The technician says, well, if we don’t fix it now it might turn into a bigger issue (injury) later in the race. If it that car was your athlete, what would you do?
A great communicator isn’t the first one talking. They are listening, understanding those they are working with and taking the time to get to know everyone at a personal level first. Like with great leaders, great communicators build trust within their team and this only occurs through deep listening for true understanding. I've got six old school tips for leaders who want to be great communicators. Why old school? Because the tried and true methods work best quite often!
As parents, building our children’s confidence and self-esteem in this competitive World is seen as a vital outcome if we are to be seen as ‘successful parents’. Combine this with a society where consumerism, online reviews and ratings are the norm, then expectations of the products we consume are increasing. This includes the sports programs that we as volunteers run. So what can you do as a club and coach to manage these expectations?
When I watch my four year old son in the playground, I see a few things. I see imagination, creativity, learning and him challenging himself to learn new things. He knows when to ask me for help and when to tell me he can do something himself. He is engaged in his learning in this playground and he is learning how to perform. Don’t we want something similar for our athletes? For them to be engaged in their performance, where they are learning and thriving?
GUEST BLOG: Jake is a degree qualified Strength and Conditioning Coach who works with a range of athletes, including youth athletes. Jake is employed as a full time Coach with Bodyfit NT. One of my big bug bears as a strength and conditioning coach is seeing how many parents and lower level coaches still assume that strength training for adolescent athletes is inadvisable or dangerous. Of course walking into a weight room has its inherent dangers, but so does playing sport.
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