In all the years that I’ve been coaching, there is one thing that holds true, no one sets out to become worse at coaching and develop bad players, anyone who coaches at any form is always looking at becoming better at coaching and always looking to improve.
And in the 30 years that I’ve been currently coaching, all I’ve ever done is look at becoming better at what I do, and there has been many turning and expansion points and questions asked along the way.
With some of the turning and expansion points being:
I started coaching when I was 21
Being beaten in my 1st rep game as a coach, 22 – 0, Ouch
Finally winning a competition after 12 years of coaching
Realising I needed to develop a structure to play to
Realising that not everybody wants to learn and improve
Coming across the work of Carol Dweck
Reading the works of Daniel Coyle
And some of the questions being:
What are successful coaches working from that isn’t being taught?
What if my players do not want to learn?
How does one hit the ball harder?
How do I upskill the players?
What are the key skills?
What are the core skills?
There is obviously many more turning and expansion points and questions asked, though the thing about coaching, is that it doesn’t matter how long one does it for, one is always learning and there are always new developments coming through, though the core of what you do will always remain the same.
Everyone who ever coaches is always looking at becoming better at what they do, I’ve never met, or heard of one individual who doesn’t