I have been coaching certified for a little over a year and a half now. I got certified through American Coaching Academy.
If your serious about coaching, I suggest you get certified. It may help when a position opening, comes down to you and another guy!
They occasionally keep me updated with learning material. Heres one I’m going to pass along to you.
Today, I want to talk to you about player-coach
More specifically – how to use verbal instructions
and body language to help your kids build confidence
and improve their skills.
Okay, here are the communication secrets I promised.
1) Make your requests specific and your criticism
Communication from the coach should be clear, positive,
and meaningful. That means you should say what you
mean and give the athlete specific instructions on what
you expect from them… without being negative or confusing.
When delivering criticism or bad news, pick out at
least one positive aspect of the player’s performance.
Don’t leave a player feeling negative, because this
will not encourage their improvement or motivation for the sport.
“C’mon Ricky, you should have caught that pass!”
“Nice try Ricky, way to get after it! Next time, focus
on keeping your eye on the ball and your fingertips
Your players will be more receptive to your feedback
and much more willing and able to make corrections.
2) Don’t forget to listen
We all want to be heard… and sometimes it takes a little extra effort to really listen to what another person is saying.
Remember, we were born with TWO ears and only
ONE mouth for a reason.
To learn to listen well, pay attention when your
players are speaking to you. Give them cues,
such as nodding your head, to show that you are
still listening and are interested in what they are saying.
Occasionally repeat sections of what he or she
is saying to reinforce that you are hearing their
words and understand the point they are trying to make.
Most important of all – maintain eye contact.
People want to feel special. They want to feel
as though you are speaking to them directly or
that they are the most important person in the
room during your conversation.
Breaking eye contact is a surefire way to break
the connection with your athlete.
3) Body Language
Finally, let’s talk about body language.
According to our research, only a small
percentage of communication involves actual
words: 7%, to be exact.
In fact, 55% of communication is visual (body
language, eye contact) and 38% is vocal (pitch,
speed, volume, tone of voice).
When talking to your athletes, fellow coaches,
or team parents, you want to appear calm,
confident, and sure of yourself.
It starts with the eyes.
Avoiding looking at your audience – even if you’re
just consulting your playbook or lineup sheet – can
lead them to think you’re not being completely
Your posture is also key.
Slouching or leaning back can give the impression
that you’re unmotivated or not interested.
Keep your head up and back straight. If you’re
sitting down, lean forward and keep your shoulders
square to your audience.
Even more importantly, don’t let anything come
between you and your listeners. Crossing your
arms, standing behind a bench, chair or desk
tells people you are defensive.
To really make a positive impact on your athletes
and achieve your team’s goals, it’s ESSENTIAL
that you become a master of communication.