4 Techniques of Old-School Coaching that DON’T Work, so Stop Using Them.

Drop these four old-school coaching techniques, urges Wendy Bruce in this terrific blog.

In addition to Wendy’s four old-school techniques that need to go I would add these:

Coaches that cling to the “my way or the highway” notion of coaching. Coaches that cannot welcome the respectful disagreement or the idea that they might not, in fact, know it all. Often there are multiple paths to the same destination and not all methods fit all kids. Flexibility in thinking and openness to new ideas isn’t a sign of weakness in a coach, it is a sign of confidence.

Coaches that fail to give explanations to athletes. “Do what I say without question” is not only disrespectful to athletes’ autonomy but also fails to educate their athletes and to gain their buy in. Athletes who understand the reasoning behind a coaches request, team rule, correction or a conditioning assignment are not only more likely to comply but are also more likely to internalize the lesson for the future, which, after all, is the point of education!

Innovation is everywhere in our lives. Everyday we discover ways to do things more effectively or more efficiently, and coaching is no different. It is important that as coaches we continue to evolve advance our profession. Continual improvement is essential in our coaching because our kids deserve our very best.

Get Psyched!

Twenty years ago when I did gymnastics, coaching was much different. There wasn’t as much known about sports psychology or child development as there is today. So when coaches used fear tactics, humiliation, overtraining, and the theory of breaking them down to build them up we can give them the benefit of the doubt and say that back then we didn’t know any better.

But today, we do know better. So today, it is unacceptable for coaches to use these types of approaches.

Coaches that still use old-school techniques need to understand there is a better way to get your athlete to perform.

1. When coaches use fear tactics, their intention is to scare the athlete into doing what is asked of them. And that may work immediately, but as soon as the coach or the source of fear is gone, so is the behavior. The athlete also does not learn how…

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