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What makes a successful coach? Throughout history there have been many great sporting individuals and teams, Manchester United, the England rugby team, the Williams sisters and the Australian cricket team. However what made these athletes triumphant? One obvious thing comes to mind: they are the best players in there sport. But where would these players be without the correct training and coaching? Before this question can be answered we need to be able to identify the role of coaches and the effect there role has on athletes. Behind every athlete is a dedicated coach who is there to help the athlete in many different but equally important ways. A coach's main role is to improve the performance of the athlete. The coach is the person who tells you what you are doing incorrect but more essentially how to improve it. A coach will help their team or individuals in all aspects of there game both physical and psychological. This means that a coach has a big responsibility to help with different issues inside and outside of sport. A good coach is anything from a shoulder to cry on to a driving force behind a good performance. ...read more.


This style is called 'autocratic' and is usually best used with learner athletes new to a sport. This is because a coach cannot let the athletes do anything by themselves as they do not know how to do it properly yet. Another coach may give you a drill or activity to do in a training session and just let you get on with it without comment or correction. This style is called 'laissez faire'. In between these two styles is a 'democratic' style this allows the coach to alter the session depending on what the athlete feels would benefit them most. This also benefits the coach as they get more feedback and can then concentrate there sessions more on what the athlete needs. This style is best used when the athlete is at a high level in there sport. It is the most common form of coaching as it is most beneficial. As with the different types of coaches the best styles of coaching will incorporate a mixture of all the different styles but will usually sway more to one type. ...read more.


Any coach can write a session and read it off to the athletes but a good coach will notice if an athlete is doing something wrong and change the drill or practice to fix the problem. A good coach will be able to change their style of coaching when changing from a individual to a group situation. This is important because the coach needs to make sure everyone in the group can hear and see the instructions. This means that the body language should be good and positive so that the group feels more confident in themselves rather than not understanding through lake of good communication. "Coaching is communication". (Anon) So, the answer to the question "where would these players be without the correct training and coaching"? Is that players would never be able to reach the heights they have today with out the correct coaching. This is because a coach is to an athlete is similar to a parent. A coach will help an athlete through situations and nurture them into top athletes. Never pushing them too far as to not lose the fun in sport. Every coach makes mistakes as no one is perfect, but successful coach will have all of the abilities mentioned above but most of all a genuine love for sport and coaching. ...read more.

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