10 steps to finding a good Coach. Okay, maybe 11.

Posted: 2014/03/24 in From the perspective of an Archery Coach.

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Being a Coach often means being judged in a positive or negative light and sometimes by those that have a self-serving agenda of some sort. However, this article is not intended to b**** about the lack of respect some Coaches have for each other. Nor, is it to stab at the few Elitists, in any sport, that believe themselves to be the be-all and end-all in the game.

Instead, I’d like this to act as a guide in an attempt to explain what I believe an Athlete should be looking for when choosing a Coach.

Top 10 things to consider… IMHO

  1. It is YOUR OPINION that matters. Although well meaning, your friends are not the one’s to seek advice from when looking for or selecting a Coach.
  2. Meet with several and compare teaching styles, especially in the early stages, one will more than likely fit your learning style.
  3. ASK LOTS OF QUESTIONS. It is how a Coach responds to questions that defines what they will be like to work with. Your instruction should always provide some level of challenge for the Coach. Did I mention ask lots of questions?
  4. Many Coaches will build stables of Athletes that they believe will provide them with a perceived credibility among their peers. You do NOT want to be among them.
  5. Understand, the privilege is their’s to be teaching you and not your’s for being taught by them. You are paying for experience.
  6. If practice sessions are not fun, engaging and informative in a way that promotes a desire to be there then you’re with the wrong Coach and more than likely you’re not learning.
  7. Your progress should be marked by lots of explanations and have a definite, planned and practical path to success that has lots of room for flexibility or adaptation.
  8. A Coach should think outside of the box and not necessarily be a follow the rules at all costs, play by the book, personality. Although there may be a base to draw from, you are an individual that will require some level of adaptation to the process for a variety of reasons, ranging from mental to physical.
  9. Your final selection should be based upon the understanding that you are about to build a relationship with a person that will have a tremendous influence on your progression.
  10. If your gut tells you that the person you’re considering is, in some way, not right for you… Listen to your gut.

Perhaps, the most important thing to remember when selecting a Coach is… Are they willing to admit that they may not be the one to take you to your ultimate goal? And, if so, are they willing to find for you, your next Coach?

Whatever the sport, wherever it is played, do it with the understanding that there are no limitations to amount of fun you can have with it. If it ain’t fun then why do it?

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