Coaching is an Art
The path to success is never about attaining a job, wealth, or fame. It is about the road we take seeking to be better, challenging ourselves to improve every day at every level, asking ourselves how much farther we can stretch to reach our full potential? The only way to reach our aspiration is by making the process the goal only then the dream will follow.
Each coach must write what their purpose is, what moves them, and write their own story. If that coach is willing to follow high-performance, then he must create a purpose and a story so compelling that it moves him to start a life full of sacrifices, challenges, and unimaginable satisfaction. Coaching is an art, requires total dedication, and is a way of life. Coache’s only job is to awaken the potential in others.
If we give free rein to a talented player, he will do his thing because he thinks that is what we expect from him. Coach him too tightly, and we take away his creativity. The art is in knowing how to push him to make the most of his innate skills. It is a delicate balance, knowing when to tighten and when to loosen. The coach has to inspire the talented athlete to discover his talent more in each training and each competition. The art is to allow the athlete to grow and become a champion.
The meaning of Coaching is an art, seeing the player out in the future and making that dream come to life. There is so much truth in the old saying, “The master appears when the student is ready.” A coach’s job is to help them find their way.
The goal of the coach is that the students become independent thinkers, problem solvers. They have to be in charge of their practices and their carreers; they have to become their coaches and managers.
Effective coaches understand the students’ expectations clearly, from day one. Coaching promotes self-learning and mutual accountability, working together towards the same goal.
Coaching builds the necessary willpower, skill, knowledge, and capacity to pursue an athlete’s dream.
“Coaches use a passionate attitude to build confidence. ” Gabe
The best coaches suggest rather than dogmatize. They Inspire rather than preach, and show rather than teach. The art of Coaching is about the balance of emotions and knowledge transmitting the information to the player. It is crucial to share the knowledge, and the only way to connect with the player is through mutual respect. The coach has to believe in the player, and the player has to believe in the coach. It takes a real connection.
Coaches build a special connection, a bond that makes it possible to work the intellect, behaviors, practices, beliefs, values, and feelings of each individual. One of the first responsibilities of a coach is to create that close relationship. Genuine respect is an attitude. It is unconditional, timeless, selfless, and once it is established, it never goes away. Coaches do not try to win a personality contest. It is about mutual respect, continuous improvement, and results. Coaches have to be themselves to lead the athlete. The person’s Temperament encompasses many innate traits, such as levels of energy, demeanor, emotional responses, willingness to take risks. These characteristics will not change.
Coaches love challenges; they see them as opportunities. Coache’s job is to use their abilities to develop others’ strengths. They have to make athletes believe that nothing in life is impossible to achieve. Success comes from making them confident. Daily encouragement speeds that process. Empower the player to take ownership of their workouts. Coaches understand that by asking the right question, they will get the right answer.
It takes a team to make a Champion. All team members must work together under a unified system. All of them have to be empowered to be leaders and to coach, learn, and improve on their own.
Excellent coaches create a great relationship with the player and the team. They understand that it takes a team to make a Champion.
“Make a plan, write it, and beat it into submission.” Gabe
Coaches have to be self-confident to help others. Champion coaches have to be arrogant, knowledgable, and perseverant. Champions are not judged by how many times we fell but by how many times we get up.
When coaches have a real purpose, they win or lose in their terms, they celebrate the wins, and when they lose, they learn from it and move on very quickly.
The quality of training begins with routines and preparation before training. A coach who arrives prepared and has clear goals to be achieved in that training session is already one step ahead. Routines require awareness, intention, and discipline. For high-performance coaches, it starts early in their process. It provides a sense of organization and security.
Coaches do not leave anything to chance, and every practice is well planed. Coaches planning includes specific goals for the coaches and the players. The pressure is what the coach feels when he does not know what is going on.
Everything begins with a plan; if this link of the process chain is missing, the coach is at a disadvantage. Set a goal and do not quit, never quit until it is attained. Once it is attained, set a higher goal, and do not quit until it is mastered. And then add another, but never quit. Our job is to stretch ourselves and the students more and more.
The harder coach and student work, the harder it is to give up. The will to win is meaningless without the will to work hard. Champion coaches are willing to go longer, work harder, sacrifice more than anyone else.
Great coaches are obsessed with their work. Coaches do not work with a clock, and their time is around the student’s needs. Coaches, like and need to be challenged daily. They must have a purpose, vision, and a goal.
Coaches must have the courage to make changes, even if it slows the process down. The coach has to be a part of the process.
We have to adjust daily, and we have to know how to handle the emotions. Good coaches usually are not very patient; they are continually changing their input. If A did not work, then try B and C.., coaches use a series of drills, each creating challenges and more opportunities for corrections.
During practices, coaches have to stay focus. They can not get confused, frustrated, or flustered; they must control their emotions. The players must enjoy the process.
At the end of each practice, the coach should ask himself what he learned, what he did well, and what he should improve. It is advisable to keep a journal and make these observations in writing. The same observations are required from the athletes.
“High-Performance coaches are judged by results.” Gabe
A champion coach cannot be made at once and on-demand. Step by step, bit by bit, their coaching abilities are built, and those talents are refined over many years. The road is long and full of detours.
Coaches learn by experience, especially watching not only other players but also other high-performance coaches and parents. Everybody looks for an edge, that superiority to competing at all aspects of performance: biomechanics, mental, physical, tactical, nutrition, and the way successful coaches deliver.
Over 70% of the coaches’ information comes from other coaches, knowledge of strokes, techniques, tactics, and training methods. However, each coach must seek their inspiration, style, and mannerism.
“Making champions is exciting, it is challenging, and it is all about excellence.” Gabe
The goal is to know that no matter where any coach is today, on the top or down, they need to give themselves a purpose, using the imagination, dreaming big, big, and going for it.
Success is when we appreciate ourselves, liking what we have contributed to the world through our students’ lives, and enjoying where we are today.