Practical advice and knowledge to help leaders.
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.
We have all heard the saying ‘planning prevents a piss poor performance’. We demand that our coaches have an annual plan for their teams. We want our teams to best prepare for each game given the amount of time and resources each club puts into getting them onto the field each week. So why is it, that many clubs and sporting organisations don’t have a strategic plan that is regularly reviewed and constantly used? I actually don’t have a good answer to that question, because I think that it should be a priority.
As coaches, we are often seen as many different things to a youth athlete – coach, teacher, leader, mental support, parental figure, role model. In today’s world where often both parents are working, the nuclear family is under strain or non-existent then the relationship between athlete and coach is much different to that of previous generations. In my athletic performance framework, a key part for an athlete to achieve their potential in performance is to be well educated in managing their personal wellness.
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