For most athletes involved, their coach is an influential element of the competitive experience. At their best, coaches can help their athletes improve their skills, perform to their best ability, develop strong character, and gain confidence.
A coach has an immediate impact on performance.
Unlike a book or video, a coach develops tailored training sessions focused on specific areas where an athlete needs the most development. Mistakes can be instantly corrected, eliminating the risk of developing bad habits. A coach also reinforces good technique and discipline.
Holding You Accountable
Even the most self-motivated athlete benefits from accountability. When someone like me is going to ask you why you skipped your workout or bailed on the last set, you’re more likely to get it done. The coach and the athlete are in it together: A coach uses their time and experience to design a pathway that will lead you to success. For it to work I need you to do your part, which means doing the workouts, eating right, going to sleep, and communicating.
A coach can have a long term impact on a young athlete’s career.
In only a few sessions, a young athlete sees concrete gains in individual performance and competitive effectiveness with peers, in turn, building confidence. The shift in attitude due to increased confidence helps a young athlete tackle future challenges, both on and off the field. Even small gains can inspire and athlete to keep working on their skills and reinforce positive behaviour.
By having a coach you benefit from their mistakes, not just their successes.
More often than not, a coach has competed in his or her sport for many years and can relate to the difficulties and frustrations of an athlete.
The “Do I Need a Coach?” Check-list
If you answer “yes” to even a few of these questions, then you should invest in a coach. If you answer “no” to ALL of them, then maybe you can go it alone.
Are you actively competitive in your sport?
Do you want to be?
Do you want fast and efficient results?
Will you be unhappy next year if you are in the exact same place you are now?