Balancing things in life is always an on going process, and so it is in balancing what one does with the coaching process.
If coaching, and someone comes up to you and asks, have you got any drills and exercises that I can do? What does one say?
I always go yep, plenty of drills, though what are you trying to achieve?
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For as mentioned in an earlier entry, the base of coaching consists of 4 things, they being:
And depending on the level and ability one is working with and at, will determine the balancing that one does in what they focus upon.
For if working with younger ones, focusing on the core skills and the required discipline is going to take greater precedence, and as one goes higher then the playing structure and fitness aspects of the base will come into greater and greater play.
Even in the course of a practice, I’ll have what I’m going to do and in a order that we’re going to do it, and yet when the rubber meets the road, what I’ve planned can change, for there are so many variables which will effect what truly goes on.
Balancing what one does is a bit of a juggling act, and I know people who are starting out want concrete ideas to work with, though the longer one coaches, the more one realizes that what one does is in a constant state of flux.
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Don’t get me wrong, one will have a format and a structure to what one does, though the finer detail work will constantly change, and eventually what one will become in their coaching approach, is like a golfer making a club choice for the shot to be made and the lie of the land in front of them.
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As Coaches, what we do is always a balancing act, so we’ve all got to become better jugglers