Passing the course to get your coaching badge is only the first stage in becoming an effective coach.
Even for seasoned coaches that have their Level 2 or even Level 3, many rest on the piece of paper without investing energies into what really matters.
The fact of the matter is most, if not all, governing body rugby courses are weighted heavily towards the “WHAT” to coach, rather than the “How” to coach.
In other words, the fact you’ve learned the materials and passed a course does not qualify you as a good coach (yet).
Don’t be that coach (we all know them), with 15 years experience – that, in fact has 1 year of experience repeated 15 times over. Yes, you know the one.
You need to take what you’ve learned from the course (activities, ‘drills’, rules, philosophy etc) and learn how to make it all ‘stick’ with the players you are coaching.
Yes, your ‘soft’ skills are the the ingredient that will allow your bread to rise!
Think about this.
Does the NGO or your club help you with important skills like:
- Running a meeting?
- How to effectively talk to your troops at half time?
- How to engage stakeholders including sponsors, parents or partners?
- How to deliver a coaching presentation?
- How to adapt when the head coach throws you unexpectedly into the deep end?
- What are the essential practice session design principles for better skill development?
- How to use analysis to benefit skill development and improve team performance?
- Your ‘office’ productivity (letters, storing & sharing info, creating reference material)?
Certainly some food for thought. The list goes on.
Appreciate that you have a duty of care to your players, and the only way to truly help them realise their potential is to do what’s required of you to achieve the same.
By Stuart Lierich