When one begins looking at coaching sports, there is a mass of information out there, where do you start, well you can only start with what you know and then it becomes a case of sorting the priorities for what one wants to achieve.
And because in reality, as coaches, we spend so little time with our athletes that the priorities that we choose become even more important in the development of a player.
John Danowski at LaxCon: My Coaching Priorities
And over the years, as I’ve gained more and more information and understanding, the priorities that I have, have changed, but ultimately what I want to achieve hasn’t.
The reason why I’m so big on prioritising is because I used to work finding faults in telecommunication systems, so when there was a problem one quickly learnt to what to eliminate so one could find the cause of the issue and in another employment, when doing deliveries, because I was the only one doing it and with the volume to get through, if one didn’t prioritize, one couldn’t get the job done.
So with coaching, I still work exactly the same, with the time available that I have, what are the priorities I need to work from, for in reality you’re only going to have a lot of your players to work with for 1 to 2 years as people come and go.
And two priorities I’ve found for coaching sports are simply these:
Activating the Learner within players
Working on the Core Skills & Techniques
And that is more than enough for getting players developing quickly, and then if one is lucky enough to be working with players and athletes longer, then one can begin branching out into the Key skills, techniques and tactics as one builds upon the foundation that has been created.
Coach Wootten Coaching Priorities
Learning to prioritize is one of the most valuable tools and skills that one can ever develop and create within themselves