Taking charge of your coach development – Part 13

Part 13 – Wrap up

Jeff Mitchell – Community Coach Advisor – Sport Auckland / GACU

This is the thirteenth and final article in a series of 13 on developing your coaching skills. For the full list of articles in the series see the articles page.

In our Taking charge of your coach development series we have looked at how you can take a structured approach to improving your coaching skills. We have covered a lot of ground in discussing the different options available and presented examples of how to put the ideas in to practice. In this final article in the series we will look at how it all ties together in a Coach Development Plan and what to do once you have worked through your first full development cycle. Continue reading

Taking charge of your coach development – Part 12

Part 12 – Evaluation

Jeff Mitchell – Community Coach Advisor – Sport Auckland / GACU

This is the twelfth article in a series of 13 on developing your coaching skills. For the full list of articles in the series see the articles page.

Evaluation is a key step in your overall development and one that is often neglected. Coach development is an on-going process; to continue your development you need to regularly revise and update your plan. Once you have completed the goals set out in the plan – or reached the specified end date for which the plan has been written – you should then evaluate the plan. Before you update your plan, it is important that you evaluate it and use this evaluation to improve on it. In this article we will examine how evaluation fits into the coach development process, why you need to evaluate your plan, and how you can do it effectively. Continue reading

Taking charge of your coach development – Part 11

Part 11 – Communities of Practice

Jeff Mitchell – Community Coach Advisor – Sport Auckland / GACU

This is the eleventh article in a series of 13 on developing your coaching skills. For the full list of articles in the series see the articles page.

There are a number of ways that you can develop your coaching skills by interacting with other coaches. Our previous article looked at how you can use feedback to increase your understanding of how you coach. You can also improve your coaching by having discussions with coaches and sharing the problems that you face. In this article we will look at how social learning can be used as a coach development tool, by examining the use of Communities of Practice. Continue reading

Taking charge of your coach development – Part 10

Part 10 – Using feedback

Jeff Mitchell – Community Coach Advisor – Sport Auckland / GACU

This is the tenth article in a series of 13 on developing your coaching skills. For the full list of articles in the series see the articles page.

In the last issue of Taking charge of your coach development we looked at how observing other coaches can improve your own coaching. You can also learn a lot by reversing roles and having another coach provide feedback on your coaching. In this article we will look at who can provide you with feedback, how to get this feedback, and what to do with it. Continue reading

Taking charge of your coach development – Part 9

Part 9 – Observing other coaches

Jeff Mitchell – Community Coach Advisor – Sport Auckland / GACU

This is the ninth article in a series of 13 on developing your coaching skills. For the full list of articles in the series see the articles page.

Watch and learn. One of the best ways of learning to coach is by seeing it in action. Our previous issue looked at how you can use video observations of your coaching to identify areas to work on. Another way to learn is through observing other coaches delivering. In this article we will look at how you can learn through both formal and informal coach observations. Continue reading

Taking charge of your coach development – Part 8

Part 8 – Video observation

Jeff Mitchell – Community Coach Advisor – Sport Auckland / GACU

This is the eighth article in a series of 13 on developing your coaching skills. For the full list of articles in the series see the articles page.

In Issue 7 I discussed how mentoring provides an outside view of your coaching. Another way of gaining an alternative view of how you coach is through having your delivery videoed. Coaches often think of video observation in terms of match analysis; it can be just as effective in analysing your coaching effectiveness.

This article will look at how you can video your own delivery in order to improve your effectiveness. I will discuss why you should use video observations, how they can be used, what to do with the information you collect, and how to use it to increase your coaching effectiveness. Continue reading

Taking charge of your coach development – Part 7

Part 7 – Mentoring

Jeff Mitchell – Community Coach Advisor – Sport Auckland / GACU

This is the seventh article in a series of 13 on developing your coaching skills. For the full list of articles in the series see the articles page.

Our previous article discussed how you can develop while supporting and assisting another coach. In this article we will start in Part A by looking at how you can develop by working with someone that is external to your coaching environment: a mentor. In Part B we will look at how you can improve your own coaching by mentoring another coach. Continue reading

Taking charge of your coach development – Part 6

Part 6 – Assistant Coaching

Jeff Mitchell – Community Coach Advisor – Sport Auckland / GACU

This is the sixth article in a series of 13 on developing your coaching skills. For the full list of articles in the series see the articles page.

Coaching can be a lonely affair at times. All too often coaches operate in isolation, coaching their team without really interacting with other coaches. To combat this – and to share some of the load – a coach will sometimes take on an assistant coach. In this
article we will look at how you can improve your coaching by being an assistant
coach. Continue reading

Taking charge of your coach development – Part 5

Part 5 – Reflection

Jeff Mitchell – Community Coach Advisor – Sport Auckland / GACU

This is the fifth article in a series of 13 on developing your coaching skills. For the full list of articles in the series see the articles page.

In the previous issue we learnt how you can use goal setting within your session plans to improve your development as a coach. To really make goal setting work you need to review and reflect on the sessions you deliver and the goals you set. It is through reflecting on your coaching that you really start to grow as a coach. Continue reading

Taking charge of your coach development – Part 4

Part 4 – Goal setting within session plans

Jeff Mitchell – Community Coach Advisor – Sport Auckland / GACU

This is the fourth article in a series of 13 on developing your coaching skills. For the full list of articles in the series see the articles page.

In Issue 3 of Taking charge of your coach development we discussed how to set goals as part of your Coach Development Plan. To achieve your goals you need to work at them consistently; setting coach development goals for each session you deliver is an effective way to do this. Continue reading