: a person who teaches and trains an athlete or performer.
: a person who teaches and trains the members of a sports team and makes decisions about how the team plays during games and/or matches.
: a private teacher who gives someone lessons in a particular subject.
: Someone who earned the title through years of perfecting many skills all of which he or she uses to guide people from point A to point B regardless of the time and distance.
Knowing the definition will help. It’s your job as a Coach to not only develop your athletes but also hold a high standard in terms of mechanics and consistency. Until those are in check, carrying through with intense training can and usually does slow down progress.
Below are 3 Not So Obvious Coaching tips that not only give you serious direction but can also deliver a blueprint for developing an Army of Wrestlers!
LET’S START WITH…
#1. ASK THEM QUESTIONS: “What’s your favorite shot?” “Show me your best setup?” Think outside the box a little and find out their fears… “Who is the best person in your weight class?” What makes him so good?” Put them in situations mentally! “What are you thinking with 30 seconds to go, you’re on top, your winning 2-1?”
Be creative. This will help you and your athlete(s) tremendously.
Strengthen their good stuff and their weakness! You should be able to evaluate them and find weakness and strength. If that doesn’t work, let them tell you! Create goals accordingly.
#2. LET THEM MAKE MISTAKES: You should know that making mistakes usually means there is effort. Whether it’s good or bad, it’s effort. They tried and it didn’t work. That’s how we learn. Evaluate what went wrong. Watch the film, ask “them” what happened. You might be surprised at how much faster learning becomes.
#3. SUPPORT THEM ALWAYS: Win or lose, our sport is tough. In some states, achieving a 500 record is an accomplishment. Knowing that, you are their coach and in some cases, their parent. Yelling at them after a loss is not productive. Think of being at work, regardless of what you do, you made a mistake and blew a huge sale, or broke the copying machine. In front of all your co-workers, your boss brought that to everyone’s attention. How eager would you be to come back to work the next day?
Along the same lines, how cool is it when you get recognized for doing something good! That’s what your athletes need to feel whether they won or lost. Hard to do, but do it anyway.
By asking questions, you’re going to get their answers. You’ll know what their thinking. Those answers will help you teach them about work ethic. Having good work ethic is irreplaceable in our sport. ALL SUCCESSFUL ATHLETES AND PEOPLE IN GENERAL have good work ethic.
By letting them fail, you will not only re-teach them but also validate what it takes to have good mechanics and be more consistent. They will want to DRILL more, train harder, show up earlier, stay a little after…
By supporting them, they will know you live up to the title COACH. Anyone can yell and scream, but not EVERYONE knows how to get the most out of their athletes. NOW YOU DO!
GOOD LUCK THIS SEASON #2013-14 !!!