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

Learning regardless of the result

Using your learning edge

Part 5 – Learning regardless of the result

Jeff Mitchell – Community Sport Advisor – Sport Auckland

Competition is exciting, and everyone wants to win. Win or lose, every match presents you with opportunities to learn and grow. In this article we will look at how you can learn regardless of the result. We will examine what you can learn from competition and a process for learning, win or lose. Continue reading

Using your learning plan

Using your learning edge

Part 3 – Using your learning plan

Jeff Mitchell – Community Sport Advisor – Sport Auckland

So far in this series we have looked at the role of learning and how to work at your learning edge – the area where the greatest learning takes place. In this article we will look at how to put together a learning plan to ensure that you spend as much time in your learning edge as possible. 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

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.


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

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