When we begin doing things like coaching, we always get a lot of information thrown at us, or alternatively, little or no information at all, which turns out not to be very practical at all.
And we always get taught to coach the basics of sport, though well intentioned, again not very practical, for the basics of sport are describing generic things like Push, Trap, Hit, Dribble and Run.
If I was to do something, like say, start a school, I would like to use the very practical information which would form a solid foundation which people could apply to whatever they coach, and then they could go away and build out from that.
So the 3 very practical things that would be worked from would encompass:
Creating and Maintaining a Learning Environment
Activate a Players Ability for Self-Education
Uncover and apply the 7 – 8 Core Skills and Techniques to create a solid playing foundation
The above 3 things may not sound like much, though within them is a lot of information for people to learn and discover, for the biggest thing we forget about sport and life in general, is that it is played by people and yet we spend so little time as coaches on understanding how people learn, remember and recall things, and the following is the very 1st poster I come up with about 7 years ago, simply entitled, Guide To Coaching:
A Learning Environment and a player’s ability for self-education is at the cornerstone of every successful coach, and yet we spend so little time learning about this area and it’s always at the detriment of our coaching and our sport in general.
Don’t get me wrong because things are changing and there are people out there, independently, and in their own time, putting the information out onto the internet and in various forms for people to consume this very practical and inspired way of coaching.
And as time goes by, and I come across people working from this Inquiry Based Coaching I’ll bring them to your attention, because the creating and maintain of a learning environment and activating the players ability for self-education is the future of sports coaching.
It doesn’t matter how much knowledge and experience a coach has, if the players do not want to learn and improve, the coach might as well have no knowledge and experience at all