When people begin coaching, one of the first things they do is to begin looking for the secret to coaching, and if one keeps looking for long enough, what you’ll ultimately find is that there is no secret to coaching.
For the secret of coaching is effectively an illusion, and where the real skill comes in is in how one fits the pieces together.
And how one fits those pieces together is never the same 2 times in a row. One will and does have a basic outline that they work to, but because of a change in variables, how the pieces fit together changes.
So what are these variables that keep changing? They are many and varied and can included things like:
Rate of player improvement
Change in players
Stage of player and team development
Sickness and Injury
Number of players working with
The level one is working at
So if people come up to me and ask, have you got any drills I can use, my first response is always, yes I have, but what are you trying to do, what are you trying to achieve, what are you working on, and what level of players are you working with?
And when I explain that my philosophy on coaching is simply:
The creation and maintaining of a Learning Environment
The building of the core skills and techniques into the players to create a solid foundation
You can see what I’ve said just literally disappear over their heads, though when one begins to understand things like the Mandelbrot set, one can see how a simple formula can set up a repeating pattern to make up what looks like a complex picture, but at its heart is not.
The Mandelbrot Set
Therefore my coaching philosophy is my solid base upon which everything else I can build out from, so if there is really a secret to coaching, it’s in the building of a solid foundation into the players and the creation of an environment where players want to continually learn and improve.
There are no real secrets in coaching, one just has to learn what all the pieces are and how to put all the pieces together