One thing one learns over the many years of doing things, is that simplest is always the best, and the way to do that is by understanding the nuts and bolts of things, in other words, getting right back to principles.
And it’s the same with sports coaching, there are too many complicated concepts out there, whereas the nuts and bolts of coaching revolves around 3 basic premises, with them being:
And with the foundation being the most fundamental of all.
The foundation revolves around 4 things, they being the creation of a learning environment, having a good strong body position, some form of playing structure and how one moves the ball or object around the playing area between players.
To create a learning environment, one must come to understand about how one presents their ideas and concepts, otherwise known as framing and also about incentives, for what one rewards, one gets and one must come to understand about categories of people and also the different shades of their personalities, in other words, the archetypes they are working from.
Creating a good strong body position is where having an understanding of the core skills and techniques come into play.
The playing structure and the type of game to play is sport dependant.
Upskilling is where as a coach, one improves your players and athletes over time and this is where one develops the key skills, techniques and tactics into your players and also develop their x-factor skills.
Sharpening is where one prepares their players for the start of the season, the end of the season and for the big games in between.
And that is the basic principles, or the nuts and bolts of sports coaching.
Like I said, not that complicated, where the real time and effort comes in, is in gathering the information, knowledge, wisdom and experience in making it all work and that comes down to what one wants to do and achieve.
So as a coach, start looking at your foundation, how you expand your upskilling and how you sharpen and bring your players to a peak for the right games.
The nuts and bolts of coaching is all in the foundation, upskilling and sharpening