Today started with a jog, uphill sprints in intervals and running home at a fast clip which is an important way for me to stay centered and productive.
Right now the sun is out, I feel a summer breeze and I hear the wind chimes on my porch. This is how I like to work, because it doesn’t feel any different from the rest of life. It’s all one and the same puzzle.
More Excerpts from my coaching manual…
COACHES PLEASE REMEMBER:
Keep it simple
A skater’s entire experience is influenced by what a coach says, does, and / or doesn’t say. What happens at practice obviously determines someone’s derby future but also leads to life changes and possibly their ENTIRE FUTURE. Don’t forget that what a coach (or even a peer) says and does really matters, so don’t crush anyone, choose your words and be a good sport.
Introduce discipline to intermediate skaters and increase it as they become more advanced. By the time they are the cream of the crop they should know how to be accountable, have consistancy and pack awareness 100% of the time on the floor.
COACHES EMPOWER THEIR SKATERS.
If a skater feels powerless they won’t be in charge of setting their OWN goals, right? If they don’t think about why they are skating or what they are trying to do it is much harder for them to act with intention. Remind them to identify what they’d like to get out of the day’s practice.
Teams have to have guidelines and united goals to experience the group efficacy to be champions. If a coach can’t offer this up to skaters, it will be nearly impossible for them to follow suit.
Assume the Athlete Doesn’t know:
Repetition is a primary tool for teaching. Beginning skaters don’t need more than about FIVE drills (ever) and those five should involve stance, core strength, weight transfer and endurance.
Don’t talk about or introduce more than what is necessary.
Be objective, with purpose—Talk about the situation, not the person.
Be certain that Assistant coaches teach the same principles and stay in control of the vibe. Connect with all team members, not just the best of them. Encourage Feedback
Create an Atmosphere that teaches and adheres to a high standard of behavior and execution. Help hold the athlete accountable.
Remember that ROOKIES are not ready to be All Stars!
Try to be an objective observer and problem solver: Instead of calling someone out for back blocking try reminding them to look at the holes they can be jumping into, or backtrack to do a juking drill.
If there is someone that a coach doesn’t like and won’t talk to them about it they should quit coaching immediately.
Effective coaches use mistakes as a vehicle for teaching, rather than placing blame; it is much better to reinforce a job well done.
And that is what I have to say about coaching today.
Derby LOVE and safe skating!