Your role as a coach

People, young and old, take part in marching for a variety of reasons. As a coach you should consider why your marchers are participating and why you are coaching. Review the information below, then ask yourself, why are you coaching?


Why People Play Sport?

  • Fun and enjoyment
  • Improve fitness / skill level
  • Make new friends
  • Sense of belonging
  • Fame or money
  • Achievement goals
  • Thrill of competing and winning
  • Health and well being.

Why People Don't Play Sport?

  • No time / too busy
  • Family/ home / work commitments
  • Sport is too competitive
  • Lack motivation or confidence
  • Cost - too expensive
  • Feel inadequate (physical or performance)

Why People Coach

  • To give something back to their sport
  • To help others achieve
  • To stay involved in the sport they love
  • Power / recognition / money
  • To help the local community or school
  • A natural progression
  • No one else to take the team
  • Too old to play
  • Personal challenge

The principles highlighted above will influence how you approach your coaching during training and competition and the goals you and your marchers will set.

  • Think back to the coaches you will have had.
  • What sort of impact did they have on your life?
  • There may be one coach in particular who stands out more than the others in your memory.
  • What was it about that coach that set them apart from the others?

Here are some examples of an effective coach:

  • Well organized, on time and they plan ahead
  • They abide by the principles of fair play
  • They're a good communicator
  • They're committed to self growth and developing their marchers to perform to the best of their ability
  • They reflect on what is going well and evaluates on what they are doing and learns from it
  • They understand and appreciate the needs strengths and weaknesses of their individual marchers
  • They have a genuine concern to help others develop both physically and mentally.
  • Finally the most important, they have are able and willing to learn.

There are also some examples of a bad coach

  • They have an authoritarian approach
  • They want to win at all costs
  • They push their marches beyond their developmental limit

As an activity, why don't you consider some examples of both and why they might be good or bad.


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