Singapore visit

Singapore visit

Jeff Mitchell – Community Sport Advisor – Sport Auckland

I recently spent a couple of weeks in Malaysia. During this time I made a few trips into Singapore, taking the opportunity to meet up with several people in the sports industry there. My travels saw me linking up with the Singapore Sports School, the Singapore Cycling Federation and the Singapore Sports Institute. I had some good discussions around the environment in Singapore and how they approach sport and coach development. Continue reading

Identifying your learning

Using your learning edge

Part 7 – Identifying your learning

Jeff Mitchell – Community Sport Advisor – Sport Auckland

Learning can occur in a range of settings: from observation, delivery, reading and research, through discussions, from competition, and even from analysing your mistakes. With each of these settings it is important that you are able to identify what you have learned and how you can use it. In this article we will look at how you can reflect on your coaching to identify what you have learned and how to then record this information so that you can incorporate it into your coaching practice. Continue reading

Watch and learn

Using your learning edge

Part 6 – Watch and learn

Jeff Mitchell – Community Sport Advisor – Sport Auckland

 You need a range of tools if you are to be continuously learning. Observation, where you watch and analyse another coach delivering, is another tool that you can use to learn about your craft and about yourself. In our Taking charge of your coach development series we looked at the role of observation. We did this by looking at how video observation and the observation of other coaches can help you to develop your coaching ability. In this article we will look deeper at the process of learning when using observation and how it can fit into your learning plan. Continue reading

Learning and coaching

Using your learning edge

Part 1 – Learning and coaching

Jeff Mitchell – Community Sport Advisor – Sport Auckland

Coaching is the process of helping athletes to grow and develop in order to reach their potential. To do this well requires a focus on learning – of both the coach and the athlete. In our new series of articles we are going to examine the learning process and how you can use it to increase your coaching effectiveness. Continue reading

Coaching philosophy

Coaching philosophy

Jeff Mitchell – Community Sport Advisor – Sport Auckland

It can be challenging being a coach. You are constantly being asked to make decisions which impact not only yourself but also your athletes and your team. You need to find a balance between player development and winning, and you need to meet the needs of your athletes. Doing these effectively, in a consistent manner, requires that you are clear on your coaching philosophy.

This article looks at what a coaching philosophy is, why you need to have one written down, how you write one, and how you then use it. Continue reading

Mentoring for Coach Development

Mentoring for Coach Development

The following is a paper I wrote a few years ago regarding the role of mentoring within coach development.

Introduction

Mentoring occurs when a coach works with another coach to help them to change their practice for the better (Layton & Australian Sports Commission., 2002). The following report will discuss the use of mentoring to develop coaches, the roles that a mentor takes on and some guidelines for creating an effective mentor-coach relationship. Continue reading

Motivation – It’s all in your mindset

Motivation – It’s all in your mindset

Jeff Mitchell – Community Coach Advisor – Sport Auckland / GACU

Think about a time when you felt really motivated. When you were energised and couldn’t wait to tackle a project, or to get underway with something you wanted to achieve. Maybe you were coaching a new team, or wanting to put into action something you had learnt on a course or read in an article. How did you feel? What was the impact on how you acted? How did it help you to achieve?

Motivation is a critical component for player development. To build your understanding of motivation we will look at the direction of motivation, the sources of motivation, and the two mindsets that players can have regarding their ability. Following on from this we will look at your role as coach in fostering an appropriate motivational environment. 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

Reflection as a Coach Development Tool

The following is a paper I wrote a few years ago on the use of reflection for student coaches.

Introduction

This report will outline the use of reflection as a tool for coach development, and some of the methods by which it can be used to aid a coach in their professional development. Issues regarding the use of reflection, along with benefits will be discussed, and suggestions for how reflection can be used individually and within a mentoring program will be made.

Reflection has been described as a process that helps turn experience into knowledge (Gilbert & Trudel, 2001) and involves thought and exploration of a concept or event (Gray, 2007). Continue reading