Today, merely coaching the skills, techniques and tactics isn’t enough when one gets into sports coaching, yet it is the main focus of what we do, and those that do branch out into other areas become better sports coaches for doing so.
Sports Coaching today has become about creating an environment where the players, athletes and the coach want to learn and continually improve, for the days of being a purely dictator coach has gone, because the coaches that learn to create and maintain a learning environment, are the coaches who develop the most.
And as well as the creation and maintaining of a Learning Environment, coaching is also about building the a foundation of the core skills and techniques into the players and everything else is built from that solid foundation.
And one expands the players skill base through the use of small games and competitive elements.
Though the greatest skill of all sports coaching and that any coach can pick up is in learning about people, and if one comes from an education, business or law enforcement background, one appears to have a bigger advantage in this area of understanding people than those who don’t, not that any skills can not be learnt, but from these backgrounds, they are working with people all the time and have the training of understanding and working with people as part of their jobs.
For ultimately it is people who play sport, and if one isn’t going to learn about people, and how they learn and improve, any sporting knowledge that one has becomes irrelevant