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What is expected of a volunteer coach

Coaches play an important role in the sporting life, but also the everyday life, of the participants they coach. Coaches influence the development of sport-specific skills and sporting performance, and also the participant’s development as a person and their approach to other aspects of their life. While at times it can be challenging, coaching is also a very satisfying role.

To be an effective coach, you will need a number of skills. A coach needs knowledge of the sport, but more importantly, they need to know how to pass that knowledge onto the participants they are coaching.  To do this, a coach needs skills in:

  • organising
  • observing
  • analysing
  • adapting
  • communicating
  • improving performance.

Coaches should:

  • be a good role model for the participants
  • show enthusiasm and enjoyment for the task of coaching – make it fun!
  • be self-confident, assertive, consistent, friendly, fair and competent
  • ensure the safety of all participants
  • behave ethically and dress appropriately
  • maintain discipline throughout the session
  • be very organised, not only for each session but for the entire season
  • be able to justify, if necessary, why things are being done, or be ‘big enough’ to ask for suggestions when not sure and to admit and apologise when they make a mistake
  • treat everyone fairly, and include participants of all abilities and disabilities, ages, genders, and ethnic backgrounds.

Do you have a coaching philosophy?

A coaching philosophy will include aspects such as:

  • how the coach communicates
  • will the coach encourage athletes to ask questions and take some responsibility?
  • will the coach seek to remain up to date and improve their coaching knowledge and skills?
  • how behavioural issues will be dealt with
  • will the coach include everyone, irrespective of ability or background?
  • the coach’s emphasis on winning, losing and cheating
  • promoting respect for others

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