The role of the modern coach is demanding, multidimensional, time-consuming and consequently very complex. Any potential coach needs to reflect seriously on whether he or she is ready for the degree of involvement and leadership required.
Coaches may at times be called on to fill divergent roles such as:
- Substitute Mother or Father
- Friend-Confidant-Soul SearcherMiracleWorker
- Guidance Counselor-TherapistDisciplinarian
- Equipment Manager-Detective
- Public Relations Person-Fund Raiser
In addition, coaches are expected to carry out a wide range of functions in relation to themselves and their athletes:
- Develop a coaching philosophy
- Prepare the coaching program
- Be able to communicate
- Demonstrate leadership
- Evaluate the program.
- Evaluate the coaching staff
- Manage within the coaching context
- Identify individual differences
- Develop technical abilities
- Develop physical and athletic abilities
- Develop psychological abilities
- Evaluate performance
- Effect and facilitate change
- Facilitate life-skills learning
The Art of Coaching and Leadership
Society in the past has attributed several “mythic” characteristics to leadership.
- Some of these myths are:
- Leadership is a rare skill
- Leaders are born
- Leaders are created by dramatic event(s)
- Leaders are at the top of an organization
- Leaders control Leaders are charismatic
- Power is bad
The art of leadership requires the coach to think about his or her role as a steward (keeper) in terms of human relationships; in terms of the legacy to be left behind, effectiveness, and permanently instilled values. Leaders are responsible for the quality of the organization and for potential changes. Coaches should aspire to create organizations that inspire the soul. Every coach has a special gift and sharing that gift with others is the key to enjoying its full value.
Coaches, as leaders have to acknowledge the fact that they, in turn, are also responsible to identify, and develop future leaders
The Art and Science of Coaching
The “Art of Successful Teaching” is content knowledge, communication, positive interaction in human relationships, and leadership – “a thorough blend of content and context.”
Anyone who can remember a great teacher will not only reflect on his or her personal qualities but also remark that the teacher had the magical ability to make boring content motivating, created interest and captivated everybody.
To educate the total individual, whose well-being is entrusted to the care of the specific coach, science (scientific knowledge and its practical application) becomes the “toolbox” of modern coaching. According to leading sport sociologists and psychologists, 67% of children burn out or drop out of sports by the age of 12. Since another 8% drop out by the age of 15 and only 11% advance to the elite levels, an examination of present coaching attitudes is warranted.
The role of the coach becomes a crucial factor in the quest to stop the erosion seen in participation.
If you are new to youth coaching, training and mentoring, this is a great launching point for your career. You will gain valuable insight that will give you the skills needed to make a positive change in the lives of youth.
That’s it for now.