Summer is a great time to progress your knowledge and skills.
I’ve been trying to progress my coaching by setting up internships this summer. I kind of came to the game late since this is my first year not training full-time and focusing on coaching. I have one that looks pretty promising and another that is up in the air so I managed to pull off something I suppose. I’m using the rest of this summer to plan ideas for next summer since I’m in the frame of mind of what I’m ready for, what I want to do, what I don’t want to do and all the why’s and then I’ll work on the how’s throughout next year.
I’m thinking that I will spend a short period actually coaching and a period of interning/working with another facility, coach, or sport related enterprise.
While researching internships I cam across the Olympic Coach Sports Performance Division Newsletter thats released 3X a year. I read the article that the person I researched wrote and then went through the rest of it and came across another great article called “The Role of Deliberate Practice in Becoming an Expert Coach” by Wade Gilbert and Pierre Trudel. It goes through how deliberate reflection pre, during and post competition and seasons can be structured to help coaches get better. The authors cite Joe Erhmann’s book InsideOut Coaching, which presents a simple exercise that I just recently completed.
To help express your mental model of what coaching is answer the four following questions periodically:
- Why do I coach?
- Why do I coach the way I do?
- What does it feel like to be coached by me?
- How do I define success?
Check-in tomorrow for my answers.