Kids In Teams


10 tips to make you a good coach

Steve Jenkins - Monday, May 18, 2015

A coach is a vehicle that takes a group of people on a journey

To train is to take a journey on a different vehicle - the timetable is defined - the people on the journey are all referred to as passengers the tracks are set. There is only one driver. The origin and destination are known and the stop points along the way are known - it is only at these points that the passengers can get on or off.
In Kids in Teams we prefer coaching as opposed to training.

The Key points are

  1.     The journey can take diversions
  2.     The Journey is more important than the destination
  3.     Everyone is encouraged to Drive from time to time
  4.     No one is expected to be just a passenger
  5.     If the journey is fun keep going - find a new destination
  6.     Slow down and enjoy the view
  7.     If anyone gets motion sickness, stop, and let everyone take a breath
  8.     Sometimes new people want to get on - squash up let them in
  9.     No two coaches are the same - look at others.
  10.     Don't forget to stop and refuel.
Anonymous commented on 19-May-2015 08:36 AM
Might help then, if no 1, is having knowledge about the subject matter.
Kids In Teams commented on 19-May-2015 09:56 AM
Good Point. One of the major issues we have in grass roots is we focus solely on the technical and very little on the skills needed to deliver the message - coaching qualifications generally reflect this. The foundation of Kids In Teams is to know yourself as a coach - taking on the role implies equipping yourself with the subject skills. Kids In Teams supplements the FFA (football federation Australia) National Curriculum. All coaches are required to have the necessary coaching qualifications but there are no pre-requisites of having any experience whatsoever with children - you don't have to be a parent (you just need a working with Children card which is basically a police check)
Debra Barron commented on 21-May-2015 01:37 PM
I like the analogy, Steve, well done.

You could say that a good leader has the same qualities and approach. The trick for both successful leaders/coaches is that they have sufficient emotional intelligence to recognise every situation as an opportunity for the group members (including the leader/coach) to learn from each other, to grow the collective capabilities of the group/team. Two-way, mutually respectful communications are key!

Anonymous ... I like the the saying that effective communication is 20% what you know and 80% how you feel about what you know - coaching is all about communicating with passion! commented on 12-Jul-2015 03:47 PM
Saved as a favorite, I like your blog!
Rebecca Vella commented on 27-Jun-2016 11:51 PM
Hi Steve,
I really like that article, thanks for sharing. Could you please add David Lawrence Vella to this group? I think he'd really like the articles.
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