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Coaching Session Evaluation.

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COACHING SESSION EVALUATION ESSAY According to Sports Coach - Coaching, the coaching process is divided into three parts: the planning and organising, the conducting and the evaluating process. These three parts can be seen as a cycle: Planning and Organising ? ? Evaluating <-- Conducting Furthermore, good communication skills, adaptability, flexibility, confidence and motivational skills will determine the coach's performance. Ewles and Simnett (1999) however provide a more detailed answer on how to promote health, which is part of a coach's task, by identifying 7 stages: 1) Identifying needs and priorities --------------------------------------------------------<-- ? ? 2) Setting aims and objectives --------------------------------------------------------------<-- ? ? 3) How to achieve the goals -----------------------------------------------------------------<-- ? ? 4) Identifying resources -----------------------------------------------------------------------<-- ? ? 5) Planning evaluation methods ------------------------------------------------------------<-- ? ? 6) Setting an action plan ----------------------------------------------------------------------<-- ? ? 7) Action; including implementation of the plan and evaluation -----------------------> With this model in mind, the author of this essay, who represented the coach in the coaching session, will consider back to the session and reflect what planning had to be involved and why, and what was intended and included. The author of this essay is herself a passionate Badminton player, exercising regularly for the University and a local team. From her own experience in these teams, she knew that many players struggle with the tactical positioning in this sport, particularly in the doubles' game. Tactical positioning is a crucial element to succeed in Badminton (Grice, 1996). For this reason, the coach had chosen the following aim for the session: raising awareness of tactical positioning in the doubles' game of Badminton, therefore the objective was accurate defensive and attacking positioning. To achieve these aims and objectives, the author invited four players, two men and two women, from the above mentioned teams to take part in the Badminton session (see Appendix 1). The participant's level of play can be stated as advanced, hence gender was not showing a significant impact on the later performed exercises and match situation. ...read more.

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To conclude the session, a brief cool down was conducted allowing the body to return to normal pace, reducing its temperature and to remove lactic acid build up during the vigorous exercises (Grice, 1996; Sports Coach - Warm Up and Cool Down). Gentle jogging as well as a static stretching was performed. According to Sports Coach - Warm Up and Cool down, a static stretching should be preferred within a cool down compared to a ballistic stretching in the warm up, as this will increase the range of movement as well as helping to relax the muscles. When planning a coaching session, it is important to identify resources (Ewles and Simnett, 1999). Within this case, the coach was given the opportunity to use the University sports hall as well as their posts and nets. Two courts to perform the warm up and exercises were needed. Each participant was advised to bring his/her own racket(s), shuttles were provided by the coach (see Appendix 1). A stopwatch, to ensure accurate timing and time management of the session, which is important according to Martens (1997), was borrowed from the technicians room in Ramsden's building one day in advance. One participant offered her help in conducting a test session one day before the actual session to guarantee accurate timing. The exercises used, were not taken from specific literature but from the coach's own experience acquired when having taken part in training sessions abroad with former international players from leading Badminton nations like China and Denmark. According not only to Ewles and Simnett (1999) but also to Martens (1997), Naidoo and Wills (2000), Thomas and Nelson (2001) and Sports Coach - Evaluation, evaluation is an important process to assess results, monitor effectiveness (the achievement of aims and objectives), ensure appropriateness of exercises and demonstrate efficiency, not only within coaching. These will feed then back into the planning process for a further session in order to progress and improve practice. ...read more.

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THIS EVALUATION WILL BE IMPORTANT TO GIVE ME A FEEDBACK ABOUT THE SUCCESS OF THIS SESSION. YOU DON'T NEED TO WRITE DOWN YOUR NAME AS THIS QUESTIONNAIRE IS COMPLETELY ANONYMOUS AND WILL BE TREATED WITH FULL CONFIDENTIALITY. YOUR CONTRIBUTION IS HIGHLY APPRECIATED :) PLEASE CIRCLE THE APPROPRIATE ANSWER: I ENJOYED TODAY'S SESSION STRONGLY AGREE AGREE UNDECIDED DISAGREE STRONGLY DISAGREE I HAVE LEARNED SOMETHING NEW STRONGLY AGREE AGREE UNDECIDED DISAGREE STRONGLY DISAGREE THE COACH AND HER EXPLANATIONS WERE EASY TO UNDERSTAND STRONGLY AGREE AGREE UNDECIDED DISAGREE STRONGLY DISAGREE THE EXERCISES USED WERE EASY TO UNDERSTAND STRONGLY AGREE AGREE UNDECIDED DISAGREE STRONGLY DISAGREE THE EXERCISES WERE APPROPRIATE STRONGLY AGREE AGREE UNDECIDED DISAGREE STRONGLY DISAGREE THE TACTICS PRESENTED WILL AFFECT MY FUTURE PLAY STRONGLY AGREE AGREE UNDECIDED DISAGREE STRONGLY DISAGREE I HAD THE IMPRESSION THAT THE SESSION WAS PLANNED IN ADVANCE STRONGLY AGREE AGREE UNDECIDED DISAGREE STRONGLY DISAGREE WHICH OVERALL MARK WOULD YOU GIVE THE SESSION EXCELLENT GOOD FAIR POOR VERY POOR FURTHER COMMENTS: Dear I would like to invite you to attend a badminton session on doubles tactiques including a short warm up and cool-down. It takes place on WEDNESDAY 2nd APRIL 2003 at the university sports hall. COMMENCING TIME is 11:45am, therefore you need to be changed into appropriate sports clothes in advance. Please be aware of the fact that black soled sport shoes are not in line with the sports hall policy. Jewellery should be removed at the start of the session to prevent injuries. You should bring your own rackets, shuttles will be provided. In case of any medical condition I should be aware of, please advise me before the start of the session. These medical conditions could include the usage of inhalers for those with asthmatic conditions or the wearing of special supports. Don't forget to bring/wear them as this would result in exclusion of the session. If you find yourself unable to attend please inform me as soon as possible to modify the session. Thank you for your co-operation, I am looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday 2nd April on 11:45am in the university sports hall. With regards 1 ...read more.

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