Get to know your athletes
"Athletes don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care!”
No matter what level you are coaching, plan your season and your sessions
and keep developing your communication skills
are always looking for learning opportunities. These can be within the sport/code, or outside/across codes
At the beginning of the season
work on culture and expectations with the athletes’ and their parents (if young athletes)
the type of behaviours and values you want your athletes’ to demonstrate
Coaches coach people first!
Have a ‘Growth Mindset’
Always look for different or better ways to do things. Take risks and allow your athletes’ to take risks and learn from the successes and failures
you look after yourself. Take time to work on your own health and fitness
You don’t need to know it all
but you do need to know where to go to find out!
your athletes’ to figure things out themselves, with your guidance
enthusiasm, encouragement and energy
yourself with positive people. They will keep you energised
and allow your athletes’ to have fun
yourself and your athletes
where you sit in the athletes’ pathway and know when it is time for them to move on
is a key to improvement in coaching
specific feedback to individual athlete’s wherever possible
Be firm and fair
Remember, it is not your job to be their friend, but to maintain a coach–athlete relationship
It is your responsibility
to ensure the safety of your athletes’ whilst they are in your care
Praise in public and criticise in private
Nobody likes to look bad in front of others
athletes questions as much as possible so they can work out the answers
you coach, there are 2 people learning!
on the performance, not the outcome.
are not miniature All Blacks, Silver Ferns or Black Caps, so don’t expect them to be able to perform like them.
to effectively use social media and email
and utilise ideas from other sports
in your athletes, so they believe in themselves
a network and support structure
Plan, plan, plan!