Selecting a coach for your child

Selecting a coach for your child

Jeff Mitchell – Community Coach Advisor – Sport Auckland / GACU

Parents are often confused by what they should look at in a potential coach. Is the best coach the one that wins the most? What about the coach that has played internationally? What is actually required to coach effectively? In this article I will discuss what parents should look for when assessing the suitability of a coach.  For this article we will focus on coaches of children and youth (up to mid-teens). In a future article I will discuss how coaches can develop their abilities so that they meet these criteria. Continue reading

Athlete-centred coaching

Athlete-centred coaching

Jeff Mitchell – Community Coach Advisor – Sport Auckland / GACU

This post is the first part of a pre-reading for a workshop I deliver on Match Day Coaching. You can read the full article (including a discussion of how to apply an athlete-centred approach to Match Day) here. 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