Gauteng Table Tennis Coach

A sport coaching career in Gauteng   is sometimes a “no-win” kind of job. It’s an occupation that is most often done in  public. If you coach, then you are in a visible position that exposes you to the public’s It’s one of those jobs where the general public opinion is often given.

With the constant pressure and expectations placed on athletes and coaches we often forget that sport should be enjoyed.  As a result of the stress that generally accompanies competitive sport, we are often guilty of becoming overly prescriptive and dictatorial in our coaching

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Have you ever heard of the term coaching? I am sure many people are familiar with sports coaching. There are many sports trainers out there and by trainers I am not referring to a pair of training boots or shoes. These trainers will take charge of either individual or a group or team of athletes and be in charge of training them up so that they would be able to perform their best at a competition. The sports coach or manager as he is sometimes called as he is involved in managing the team as well, will chart the progress of the sportsman or team and make sure they perform satisfactorily till they reach the competition date or even better the finals of the competition after going through the quarter and semi finals.

There are actually certain similarities between a life coach and a sports coach. The sports coach would be involved in many aspects of the sport, including physical and mental player development. Sports coaches train their athletes to become better at the physical components of the game. As the athletes train, they develop greater skill in addition to the physical prowess. Their minds also develop mentally as they are required to make decisions on the field while they are undergoing physical stress and duress, with their bodies being pushed to the limit of physical endurance. While the physical component is not so tough for a client who is going through life coaching, he or she is also being pushed to his or her best, and it would only be through this process that the life coach would plan for his or her client to achieve what he or she has not achieved and aims to achieve. If you are interested in engaging a life coach, a sports coach would already make quite a good candidate.

Anyway I may have digressed a little. The sports coach is assumed to know more about the sport. The word assumed is used here because there is no way to measure how much knowledge a person may have about something. However, most sport coaches should already have previous experience and knowledge on the sport as they were past players or may have already played in the big games or competitions. The main job of the coach is then to transfer as much of his or her own knowledge and experience to the new players such that they can become skilled in the game as well.

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Rosebank Triathlon Coach

Coaching is also one of those  Rosebank jobs where your professional effectiveness is almost always narrowly measured by something that is very often totally out of your control: winning and losing.

Sports coaching can be defined as the process of motivating, guiding and training an individual in preparation for any sporting hobby, career, or event.

Sports coaches and performance consultants are increasingly employing questioning as an avenue to nurture growth and development.  Opposed to more traditional approaches to teaching where a coach, typically, provided all of the answers and simply instructed athletes where to go and what to do, a more humanistic and contemporary approach is to facilitate learning and development

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DID YOU KNOW...

Yao Ming is an Chinese professional basketball player who plays for the Houston Rockets of the NBA (National Basketball Association). Like Dikembe Mutombo (Democratic Republic of Congo), Tracy Mc Grady (United States) and Luis Scola (Argentina), he is one of the best players in the world.

Liu Xiang won the gold medal in the men´s 110 meter hurdles at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. He was the first Asian man to win an Olympic gold medal in track, and his victory in Greece was hailed in his country as a cultural leap forward because it ran counter to the stereotypes of what makes a great hurdler.At the medalist´s press conference following the men´s 110-meter hurdlers, Liu said: "My victory has proved that athletes with yellow skin can run as fast as those with black and white skin". He was born on July 13, 1983 in Shangai, China.

The Chinese delegation participated in the 2000 Olympic Games held in Sydney (Australia), and won 28 gold medals in such events as athletics, badminton, diving, gymnastics, judo, shooting, taekwondo, table tennis and weightlifting.

Kuoshu is the national sport in the People`s Republic of China.

Lang Ping played volleyball at the 1984 Summer Olympics for China. In the 1980s, she was the best volleyball player in the world. In 2004, she became the head coach of the USA women`s national volleyball team. "Lang Ping is an individual who has been uncommonly successful in every phase of her career as a player and a coach, and her accomplishments are unequaled," USA chief executive officer Doug Beal said. "She won every major event as a player for China during her career and was clearly the dominant player in the world in the 1980s." And she transitioned more seamlessly than almost anyone in volleyball history to her role as a coach, leading China to a silver medal at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996 and successfully coaching professionally in Italy for many years."

China sent 246 athletes to the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona (Spain). It participated in gymnastics, athletics, boxing, cycling, fencing, diving, judo, shooting, swimming, table tennis, archery, badminton, sailing, weightlifting, wrestling, modern pentathlon, basketball and volleyball. The People´s Republic of China finished 4th in the medal count, with 54 (16 gold), trailing the Unified Team (112), United States (108) and Germany (82).

The Chinese metropolis has hosted the 11th Asian Games in 1990. Over 6,122 athletes from more than 35 countries participated, along with 1,000 coaches. It was the largest multi-sport event in the Third World in 1990.

Beijing has hosted the 1990 FIVB Volleyball Women´s World Championship. It is the capital city of China.

The Asian country has had many famous sportswomen in the past century: Kuo-tuang Jung (table tennis), Lu Li (gymnastics), Chen Yueling (track and field), Fu Mingxia (diving), Zheng Meizhu (volleyball), Gao Min (diving), Haixia Zheng (basketball), Yang Xilan (volleyball), Zhuang Xiaoyan (judo), Hong Qian (swimming), Gu Jun (badminton), Chuang Tse-tung (table tennis), Wang Huifeng (fencing), Hsie-ting (table tennis), Wei Qiang (softball), Yong Zhuang (swimming), He Ying (archery), Ge Fei (badminton), Le Jingyi (swimming), Wang Junxia (track and field), Xu Yanmei (diving), Sun Fuming (judo), Li Duihong (shooting), Mo Huilan (gymnastics) and Qu Yunxia (athletics).

Zhu Jianhua was one of the most famous athletes in China and in Asia. He was an Olympic bronze medalist and former world record holder in the high jump.

The Chinese team won the women`s volleyball World Cup by defeating Cuba (3-1) in 1985. It was the 2d World Cup victory for the People`s Republic of China.

China did not participate at the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow, URSS (currently Russia).Many Chinese athletes -notably hurdler Tsu Lin, high jumper Ni Chih-chin, long jumper Hsia Chieh-ping, runner Sung Mei-hua, and volleyball players Liang Yan, Zhang Rongfang, Zhou Xiaolan and Zhu Ling- lost their Olympic opportunities.

Li Ning won three gymnastics gold medals at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, California (USA). Like Nadia Comaneci (Romania) and Vitaly Scherbo (Belarus), he was one of the best gymnasts of the 20th century. Li Ning was born on September 8, 1963 in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China.

From 1993 to 1996, Wang Junxia was one of the greatest runners in China and Asia. She set three world records in 1993 (3,000- metre and 10,000-metre events). This year she won a gold medal in the 10,000 m at the World Championships in Stuggart (Germany). At the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta (Georgia,USA), she notified the world of her championships capabilities by winning the gold medal in the 5,000-meter race.

The Asian country won the silver medal in softball at the 1996 Olympic Games in the United States.

Diver Fu Mingxia won 5 gold medal at three successive Olympic Games: Barcelona (1992), Atlanta (1996) and Sydney (2000). She is an idol in her natal city of Wuhan, China.

Chuang Tse-tung was one of the best-known players in the history of table tennis (also known as ping pong). In the 1960s, she was an idol in the People´s Republic of China.

China has competed in the Winter Olympics 8 times and has won a total of 33 medals. It has more Olympic medals that Iceland, Hungary, Australia and Poland combined.

Michael Chang, who had won a Grand Slam, plans to open an academy for young players in China. He once said, "I have a wish, which is to contribute my experience accumulated from playing in world tournaments to the development of tennis in China".

China sent 219 athletes to the 1984 Olympic Games, which were held in Los Angeles, California, USA. The Chinese delegation had athletes competing in 16 sports: archery (6), athletics (22), basketball (22), canoeing (4), cycling (7), fencing (17), gymnastics(14), handball (15), wrestling (10), rowing (9), shooting (17), swimming (35), tennis (1), volleyball (22),weightlifting (10) and sailing (4).

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Johannesburg Personal Training

Coaching is also one of those  Johannesburg jobs where your professional effectiveness is almost always narrowly measured by something that is very often totally out of your control: winning and losing.

Sports coaching can be defined as the process of motivating, guiding and training an individual in preparation for any sporting hobby, career, or event.

Sports coaches and performance consultants are increasingly employing questioning as an avenue to nurture growth and development.  Opposed to more traditional approaches to teaching where a coach, typically, provided all of the answers and simply instructed athletes where to go and what to do, a more humanistic and contemporary approach is to facilitate learning and development

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Driving cross country in a RV is the dream of many families. It just makes sense that you would do so in a motorhome that shares the name. The all new 2011 Cross Country from Sportscoach is the new diesel choice for many Americans today. The coach includes full body paint outside and raised panel hardwood cabinetry inside. The unit is fully self-contained with a Onan diesel generator, dual 13.5 air conditioning units, 50-amp service, and auto leveling system.

Inside you'll find exquisite luxury with Corian kitchen counters, full extension ball bearing drawer guides, 32" and 19" LCD televisions, faux leather sofas and soft touch ceiling. In the bunk bed models you can even get bunk TVs.

Powered by a 340 HP diesel engine with 6 speed Allison transmission, you'll arrive in comfort knowing you can relax under the power patio awning.

The Cross Country has 4 models: 385DS, 390TS, 405FK, and 406QS. Each offer just a little bit different for the most demanding of family members. The length varies from 39' 4" to 41' 4" depending on the model you select with an exterior width of 102". Fresh water capacity is 79 gallons.

Driving the RV is a dream with telescoping tilt steering, rear vision camera, side vision camera option, deluxe manual pilot seats, and in-dash stereo with CD player, weatherband and satellite radio capability.

The kitchen comes standard with an eight cubit foot large double door refrigerator, microwave, range with oven, and Corian countertops. Just off the kitchen, relax in the luxurious living area with Brazilian Cherry or Lakeside Maple cabinetry, oil rubbed bronze hardware, 2 Euro chairs and Dream Dinette booth. Beautiful linoleum flooring in the kitchen and bath tie it all in.

The master bed room is equipped with a queen sized bed, deluxe innerspring mattress, bedspread with shams, residential styled headboard, and pleated window shades. There is additional sleeping capacity in the living area with a soft-touch sofa with air mattress.

If getting there is half the fun, the Sportscoach Cross Country delivers on both.

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Pretoria Golf Coach

Coaching is also one of those  Pretoria jobs where your professional effectiveness is almost always narrowly measured by something that is very often totally out of your control: winning and losing.

Sports coaching can be defined as the process of motivating, guiding and training an individual in preparation for any sporting hobby, career, or event.

Sports coaches and performance consultants are increasingly employing questioning as an avenue to nurture growth and development.  Opposed to more traditional approaches to teaching where a coach, typically, provided all of the answers and simply instructed athletes where to go and what to do, a more humanistic and contemporary approach is to facilitate learning and development

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Coaching in sport is becoming more and more difficult as we move into the 21st Century. While this article focuses on the swimming coach, the lessons learnt can be adapted to coaching in all sports. So what are the attributes of a great coach?

A coach will play a very important role in the lives of young swimmers. Their actions and attitudes help shape their view of the world and of themselves. For some children the coach will enter their world at a time when they may be striving to reduce their parents' influence. Children may look to you for considerable support either physically or psychologically. The potential to impact on young lives should not be off-putting.

A common mistake in young coaches is to assume that verbal communication is not only the best form of communication, but it's the only way to communicate. A further problem is that some coaches frequently talk too much. Verbal communication is vital; but it can lose some of its effectiveness when used unnecessarily - especially during training.

Non verbal communication like facial expressions or gestures by the coach showing anger, frustration, acceptance, empathy, disapproval or pleasure can and do have an effect on swimmers during training and competition. Recent research concludes that young swimmers assume that non-verbal cues are more revealing of a coaches actual feelings and thoughts than words.

The implications for coaching are clear - what you do is far more important than what you say.

In the first three years of our life we learn to talk.

In the next three you learn to read and write.

How much time is spent teaching people to listen?

Learn this skill, then teach your staff and swimmers.

The coach must be a good listener, that is, being attentive to what is being said by the athlete. Individual needs of athletes must be taken into consideration.

The element of respect comes into play here, as the response by the coach will govern the way the athlete will approach you in the future. Every swimmer must receive feedback on technique and performance in every session.

A great coach will have developed their own standards and philosophies in regards to their chosen sport. They will have strong communication skills and be honest and approachable to athletes, parents and fellow coaches.

Knowledge and coaching experience, not necessarily sport specific, are generally very helpful. A great coach will have strong self-discipline and will install a discipline into team members. If a situation arises with a swimmer, they will go after the situation and not the individual. It is important that you discipline in private and reward in public. Make sure that you never bruise the dignity of the individual.

A coach should endeavour to reduce and minimise the need to discipline, by ensuring their programme includes fun, activity and learning. They will have the ability to teach as well as coach. Coaching styles do differ, so don't try to copy someone else.

The respected swimming coach will instill the highest desirable ideals and character traits into their swimmers. They have the responsibility for maintaining discipline throughout the training session and be self-confident, attentive, consistent, friendly, fair and competent. They should also be able to deal with initial treatment of minor injuries.

A great swimming coach will be very organised for each session, for the week, for the month, the year and be able to justify, if necessary why things are being done.

They will be able to create an environment were success is inevitable by instilling discipline & standards for athletes to observe and commit to. A great coach will have a high level of commitment and discipline and should be the nucleus of their swimming club. The Club's goals should parallel the coaching program and vice versa and it is important that coach provides what is needed for the club to be successful.

Open and regular communication with parents is vital. A great coach will be approachable for parents and listen to them, but in the end make their own decision. It is important that coaches watch the type of relationship that they have with parents as if they become friends and the coach needs to make a hard decision, then the coach will be in a compromised position.

Coaches also have a legal responsibility to provide a safe environment, ensure facilities and equipment are safe for both the users and others involved in competition and training. Safety in all sport should be the message that we must put into practice in our daily work as coaches. Swimming pools are a dangerous environment to work in and all necessary precautions should be taken for your pool to be safe.

Plan your training sessions carefully to ensure progression of your athletes and limit the risk of injury. Be confident in identifying exercises that are potentially dangerous (eg. Straight leg raises) and provide a safe substitute. Activities must be adequately planned. Impaired learning ability and injury may be the result of unplanned practice sessions.

Young athletes should not be mismatched. Young athletes should be matched not only according to age, but also height, weight and maturity. Skill levels and experience should also be considered.
Safe and proper equipment should be provided and equipment should be in good order and safe to use at all times.

Athletes must be warned of inherent risks of the sport. The participants can only legally accept the inherent risks of a sport if they know, understand and appreciate those risks.

Ensure that activities are closely supervised. Adequate supervision is necessary to ensure the practice environment is as safe as possible.

Coaches should know first aid. Coaches should have knowledge of basic emergency procedures and keep up to date on them.

Develop clear written rules for training and general conduct. Many injuries are the result of fooling around in change rooms and training venues.

Coaches should keep adequate records.
Adequate records are useful aids to planning and are essential in all cases of injury.

Expect the unexpected. Always renew your insurance cover well before it expires each year just in case you need it.

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Sandton Table Tennis Lessons

Coaching is also one of those  Sandton jobs where your professional effectiveness is almost always narrowly measured by something that is very often totally out of your control: winning and losing.

Sports coaching can be defined as the process of motivating, guiding and training an individual in preparation for any sporting hobby, career, or event.

Sports coaches and performance consultants are increasingly employing questioning as an avenue to nurture growth and development.  Opposed to more traditional approaches to teaching where a coach, typically, provided all of the answers and simply instructed athletes where to go and what to do, a more humanistic and contemporary approach is to facilitate learning and development

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The Dodgers had a breakfast a couple of weeks ago to tell their story about off-season moves and the team they'll put on the field for 2005. I was there to listen to the new owner, Frank McCourt, the general manager, Paul DePodesta, Hall of Famer, Tommy Lasorda, and the Dodgers' manager, Jim Tracy. They told a good story about the Dodgers and what their plans are, but the most interesting aspect to me was something that was said and its application to teaching kids about sports and ultimately, life.

After the presentation was finished, people from the crowd were allowed to ask questions. One guy asked about Milton Bradley and the Dodgers' thoughts on the negative example that he sets as a role model for high school and younger ballplayers. You may remember, Mr. Bradley has not always been a shining example of good sportsmanship and is currently undergoing anger management counseling as a result. To a person, each of the four Dodgers representatives, while acknowledging that there had been problems, defended Milton Bradley as a great guy who is often misunderstood; as a member of the Dodgers family, he deserves a second chance and that everybody really does like him as a person.

The Concept of Perfection

To me the most interesting comments came from Jim Tracy. Not only did the Dodgers' manager say that Bradley is somebody he loves working with, he said he is an ever better player to manage because he is a "perfectionist". I'm paraphrasing, but Tracy basically said that he loves Milton's attitude because he never thinks he should make an out when he's at the plate and he doesn't feel like there is ever a ball he can't catch in the outfield. He expects and demands that he will be "perfect" every pitch, every out, every inning, of every game. After the meeting, I talked to Jim Tracy about this idea of "perfect" as it applies to kids.

What we talked about was perfection: how is it good for a ballplayer, especially a child, to expect to be perfect? More so in baseball, where failure is the expected norm; failing 7 out of 10 times makes you a star. Everybody swings and misses. The best players in the world regularly walk in runs, and errors are made almost every game. Why is perfect the right goal? Jim Tracy had to leave before we had a chance to finish the conversation, but it did get me thinking about the goals and attitude we should teach our SportsKids.

The Right Attitude - It's about Control

Why would anybody ever tell there kids to be perfect? Michael Jordan once said: "I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." Babe Ruth had the record for strike outs in a career until his record was broken by another Hall of Fame member of the 500 HR club, Reggie Jackson. Nobody is perfect!

If you can't be perfect, what is the right goal? In his fantastic book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Steven Covey talks about being "response-able" for your actions. In sports and in life there are so many things that are completely out of our control, but we individually have the ability to choose our responses to each situation - positive and negative. In essence, you can't control the actions of anybody else or the results; only yourself. Consequently, the focus has to be on what you can control.

Surprisingly, my 5 and 6 year old basketball team that I coach had the answers. Since I was thinking about Milton Bradley and perfection, I decided to ask some of the kids their thoughts on the subject. First, each of them is afraid of different things playing sports. Some didn't want to miss a shot, get a rebound off their head, make a bad pass or lose the game. So we talked about Michael Jordan, Babe Ruth, Kobe Bryant and others and how they made mistakes too. It became very liberating for them to realize that they didn't need to do everything perfect to be a good basketball player.

The more we talked, the better the kids started to feel about themselves. Realizing that you don't have to be perfect is a good thing, but does that conflict with what Jim Tracy said was so great about Milton Bradley: expecting to get a hit every time at bat and to catch every fly ball? Not necessarily if the focus shifts from being perfect to doing what you can control. While my older teams that I coach focused on the "results" of actions, it was again the 5 and 6 year old kids who did a great job in helping me understand what elements of a game can be controlled:

1. Fundamentals - there is no reason that every kid can't learn to do things the right way. If the coach can teach a kid to perform with proper fundamentals the results will follow. The emphasis here has to be on first, the coach learning the right things to teach, and then, insisting that the kids do it correctly. Remember: Practice makes Permanent!

2. Focus - Every kid can think and have their head in the game. Even the kid who can't make a basket can be in the right place all the time.

3. Hustle - Do your best and put out the most effort that you can on every play. Every coach should be working on kids to hustle, play hard and put out effort - not on results.

4. Teamwork - This plays into focus as well, but working with your teammates is something that every player can do, control, and excel at.

5. Sportsmanship - There is never any reason to not be a good sport. This year, I've seen far too many kids saying "bad game" instead of congratulating the other team on their effort. Be a good sport - always!

Measuring Your Results

At the end of each game, ask the kids to evaluate their individual and team performance. You'd be surprised at their own understanding of how they did. Don't spend time on performance measurement, but on the non scorebook things that the kids can control. We can't control the results of our actions, but if we work on everything we can control, we won't be perfect, but we will be the best we can be.

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Randburg Personal Trainer

Coaching is also one of those  Randburg jobs where your professional effectiveness is almost always narrowly measured by something that is very often totally out of your control: winning and losing.

Sports coaching can be defined as the process of motivating, guiding and training an individual in preparation for any sporting hobby, career, or event.

Sports coaches and performance consultants are increasingly employing questioning as an avenue to nurture growth and development.  Opposed to more traditional approaches to teaching where a coach, typically, provided all of the answers and simply instructed athletes where to go and what to do, a more humanistic and contemporary approach is to facilitate learning and development

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If your child plays youth sports you are responsible for making sure the adults around them have their best interest in mind. Identifying the right coach or team for your child can be intimidating especially if you're not knowledgeable about the sport, but this article will help you take charge and make the best decision.

Know Your Kid

One of the problems for parents is that if we are doing our jobs correctly, we actually know less and less about our children as they get older. Ideally we want them to be independent and to think for themselves, while knowing we're there for them when needed. By the time they are teenagers (when they naturally become distant), we hardly know them at all. But almost every parent knows their child's personality, so that's where we'll start.

What types of coaches have gotten the most out of your child?

Does your child respond better to being challenged and pushed on a regular basis, or do they need a more positive, supportive environment to give their best?

Your Child's Athletic Happiness Depends On You!

Most sports programs have a mixture of coaching personalities on their staff. But it is the head coach's personality that will determine whether your child has a negative or positive experience. This is the one area that you can't simply leave up to your child to decide, you have to be proactive and decide what's best for them.

Many parents believe the hard charging authoritative coach is what kids need to play at their best, so teams with those types of coaches are the ones on which they place their kids. What they tend to overlook is that at the youth sports level they are usually on-hand to intervene when that type of coaching begins to overwhelm their child.

  • Has your child come home crying after practice or a game?
  • Have they ever said they wanted to quit because the coaches kept berating or singling them out?
  • Do they complain about the number, length or intensity of practice and workouts?

If the answer is yes to any of these questions, even though your child seems to improve under this type of coaching, they may not do so well with that type of coach as they move up from youth, to high school, and possibly the collegiate level. You won't be there to smooth things out for them once they reach the high school level. The high school coach has no obligation to play them.

There are too many other important aspects that make a school a good fit for your child to move them because of sports, even if they have the talent to earn a sport scholarship. Things like friends, academic opportunities, safety, even proximity have to be considered.

There are some things you can control.

Where you can control things is in selecting a club or travel sports team for your child. Talk to other parents and coaches, but make sure you make a decision based on your own observations.

Too often people get enamored with a winning coach or program, and suddenly everyone is parroting everyone else about how great the coach or program is for fear of being labeled a dope or having a lack of sophistication or understanding of the game because they can't see how wonderful that coach or program is. That's nonsense; go with your gut feeling.

Find out when the team you are considering has a game. You and your child should attend together. Watch the coaches' demeanor especially after one of the players has made an obvious mistake. Listen to the parents in the stands, are they supporting all of the kids, or just their own.

Look at the players playing your child's position; do they play better, worse, the same as your child?

What about the style of play, will it work well for your child?

Then ask your child what they think about the team and coach.

Finally, go early or stay around for a few more games and compare other teams to the one you're thinking about joining.

Just something to think about.

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Coach's Corner - Youth Sports and the Concept of Perfection

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Fourways Golf Instruction

Coaching is also one of those  Fourways jobs where your professional effectiveness is almost always narrowly measured by something that is very often totally out of your control: winning and losing.

Sports coaching can be defined as the process of motivating, guiding and training an individual in preparation for any sporting hobby, career, or event.

Sports coaches and performance consultants are increasingly employing questioning as an avenue to nurture growth and development.  Opposed to more traditional approaches to teaching where a coach, typically, provided all of the answers and simply instructed athletes where to go and what to do, a more humanistic and contemporary approach is to facilitate learning and development

Hockey Training

Have you ever heard of the term coaching? I am sure many people are familiar with sports coaching. There are many sports trainers out there and by trainers I am not referring to a pair of training boots or shoes. These trainers will take charge of either individual or a group or team of athletes and be in charge of training them up so that they would be able to perform their best at a competition. The sports coach or manager as he is sometimes called as he is involved in managing the team as well, will chart the progress of the sportsman or team and make sure they perform satisfactorily till they reach the competition date or even better the finals of the competition after going through the quarter and semi finals.

There are actually certain similarities between a life coach and a sports coach. The sports coach would be involved in many aspects of the sport, including physical and mental player development. Sports coaches train their athletes to become better at the physical components of the game. As the athletes train, they develop greater skill in addition to the physical prowess. Their minds also develop mentally as they are required to make decisions on the field while they are undergoing physical stress and duress, with their bodies being pushed to the limit of physical endurance. While the physical component is not so tough for a client who is going through life coaching, he or she is also being pushed to his or her best, and it would only be through this process that the life coach would plan for his or her client to achieve what he or she has not achieved and aims to achieve. If you are interested in engaging a life coach, a sports coach would already make quite a good candidate.

Anyway I may have digressed a little. The sports coach is assumed to know more about the sport. The word assumed is used here because there is no way to measure how much knowledge a person may have about something. However, most sport coaches should already have previous experience and knowledge on the sport as they were past players or may have already played in the big games or competitions. The main job of the coach is then to transfer as much of his or her own knowledge and experience to the new players such that they can become skilled in the game as well.

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Different Types of Sports

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Centurion Golf Coach

Coaching is also one of those  Centurion jobs where your professional effectiveness is almost always narrowly measured by something that is very often totally out of your control: winning and losing.

Sports coaching can be defined as the process of motivating, guiding and training an individual in preparation for any sporting hobby, career, or event.

Sports coaches and performance consultants are increasingly employing questioning as an avenue to nurture growth and development.  Opposed to more traditional approaches to teaching where a coach, typically, provided all of the answers and simply instructed athletes where to go and what to do, a more humanistic and contemporary approach is to facilitate learning and development

Climbing Instruction

Have you ever heard of the term coaching? I am sure many people are familiar with sports coaching. There are many sports trainers out there and by trainers I am not referring to a pair of training boots or shoes. These trainers will take charge of either individual or a group or team of athletes and be in charge of training them up so that they would be able to perform their best at a competition. The sports coach or manager as he is sometimes called as he is involved in managing the team as well, will chart the progress of the sportsman or team and make sure they perform satisfactorily till they reach the competition date or even better the finals of the competition after going through the quarter and semi finals.

There are actually certain similarities between a life coach and a sports coach. The sports coach would be involved in many aspects of the sport, including physical and mental player development. Sports coaches train their athletes to become better at the physical components of the game. As the athletes train, they develop greater skill in addition to the physical prowess. Their minds also develop mentally as they are required to make decisions on the field while they are undergoing physical stress and duress, with their bodies being pushed to the limit of physical endurance. While the physical component is not so tough for a client who is going through life coaching, he or she is also being pushed to his or her best, and it would only be through this process that the life coach would plan for his or her client to achieve what he or she has not achieved and aims to achieve. If you are interested in engaging a life coach, a sports coach would already make quite a good candidate.

Anyway I may have digressed a little. The sports coach is assumed to know more about the sport. The word assumed is used here because there is no way to measure how much knowledge a person may have about something. However, most sport coaches should already have previous experience and knowledge on the sport as they were past players or may have already played in the big games or competitions. The main job of the coach is then to transfer as much of his or her own knowledge and experience to the new players such that they can become skilled in the game as well.

Cycle Instruction

Facts About China's Sports

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Coaching is also one of those  Midrand jobs where your professional effectiveness is almost always narrowly measured by something that is very often totally out of your control: winning and losing.

Sports coaching can be defined as the process of motivating, guiding and training an individual in preparation for any sporting hobby, career, or event.

Sports coaches and performance consultants are increasingly employing questioning as an avenue to nurture growth and development.  Opposed to more traditional approaches to teaching where a coach, typically, provided all of the answers and simply instructed athletes where to go and what to do, a more humanistic and contemporary approach is to facilitate learning and development

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The Dodgers had a breakfast a couple of weeks ago to tell their story about off-season moves and the team they'll put on the field for 2005. I was there to listen to the new owner, Frank McCourt, the general manager, Paul DePodesta, Hall of Famer, Tommy Lasorda, and the Dodgers' manager, Jim Tracy. They told a good story about the Dodgers and what their plans are, but the most interesting aspect to me was something that was said and its application to teaching kids about sports and ultimately, life.

After the presentation was finished, people from the crowd were allowed to ask questions. One guy asked about Milton Bradley and the Dodgers' thoughts on the negative example that he sets as a role model for high school and younger ballplayers. You may remember, Mr. Bradley has not always been a shining example of good sportsmanship and is currently undergoing anger management counseling as a result. To a person, each of the four Dodgers representatives, while acknowledging that there had been problems, defended Milton Bradley as a great guy who is often misunderstood; as a member of the Dodgers family, he deserves a second chance and that everybody really does like him as a person.

The Concept of Perfection

To me the most interesting comments came from Jim Tracy. Not only did the Dodgers' manager say that Bradley is somebody he loves working with, he said he is an ever better player to manage because he is a "perfectionist". I'm paraphrasing, but Tracy basically said that he loves Milton's attitude because he never thinks he should make an out when he's at the plate and he doesn't feel like there is ever a ball he can't catch in the outfield. He expects and demands that he will be "perfect" every pitch, every out, every inning, of every game. After the meeting, I talked to Jim Tracy about this idea of "perfect" as it applies to kids.

What we talked about was perfection: how is it good for a ballplayer, especially a child, to expect to be perfect? More so in baseball, where failure is the expected norm; failing 7 out of 10 times makes you a star. Everybody swings and misses. The best players in the world regularly walk in runs, and errors are made almost every game. Why is perfect the right goal? Jim Tracy had to leave before we had a chance to finish the conversation, but it did get me thinking about the goals and attitude we should teach our SportsKids.

The Right Attitude - It's about Control

Why would anybody ever tell there kids to be perfect? Michael Jordan once said: "I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." Babe Ruth had the record for strike outs in a career until his record was broken by another Hall of Fame member of the 500 HR club, Reggie Jackson. Nobody is perfect!

If you can't be perfect, what is the right goal? In his fantastic book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Steven Covey talks about being "response-able" for your actions. In sports and in life there are so many things that are completely out of our control, but we individually have the ability to choose our responses to each situation - positive and negative. In essence, you can't control the actions of anybody else or the results; only yourself. Consequently, the focus has to be on what you can control.

Surprisingly, my 5 and 6 year old basketball team that I coach had the answers. Since I was thinking about Milton Bradley and perfection, I decided to ask some of the kids their thoughts on the subject. First, each of them is afraid of different things playing sports. Some didn't want to miss a shot, get a rebound off their head, make a bad pass or lose the game. So we talked about Michael Jordan, Babe Ruth, Kobe Bryant and others and how they made mistakes too. It became very liberating for them to realize that they didn't need to do everything perfect to be a good basketball player.

The more we talked, the better the kids started to feel about themselves. Realizing that you don't have to be perfect is a good thing, but does that conflict with what Jim Tracy said was so great about Milton Bradley: expecting to get a hit every time at bat and to catch every fly ball? Not necessarily if the focus shifts from being perfect to doing what you can control. While my older teams that I coach focused on the "results" of actions, it was again the 5 and 6 year old kids who did a great job in helping me understand what elements of a game can be controlled:

1. Fundamentals - there is no reason that every kid can't learn to do things the right way. If the coach can teach a kid to perform with proper fundamentals the results will follow. The emphasis here has to be on first, the coach learning the right things to teach, and then, insisting that the kids do it correctly. Remember: Practice makes Permanent!

2. Focus - Every kid can think and have their head in the game. Even the kid who can't make a basket can be in the right place all the time.

3. Hustle - Do your best and put out the most effort that you can on every play. Every coach should be working on kids to hustle, play hard and put out effort - not on results.

4. Teamwork - This plays into focus as well, but working with your teammates is something that every player can do, control, and excel at.

5. Sportsmanship - There is never any reason to not be a good sport. This year, I've seen far too many kids saying "bad game" instead of congratulating the other team on their effort. Be a good sport - always!

Measuring Your Results

At the end of each game, ask the kids to evaluate their individual and team performance. You'd be surprised at their own understanding of how they did. Don't spend time on performance measurement, but on the non scorebook things that the kids can control. We can't control the results of our actions, but if we work on everything we can control, we won't be perfect, but we will be the best we can be.

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Coaching is also one of those  East Rand jobs where your professional effectiveness is almost always narrowly measured by something that is very often totally out of your control: winning and losing.

Sports coaching can be defined as the process of motivating, guiding and training an individual in preparation for any sporting hobby, career, or event.

Sports coaches and performance consultants are increasingly employing questioning as an avenue to nurture growth and development.  Opposed to more traditional approaches to teaching where a coach, typically, provided all of the answers and simply instructed athletes where to go and what to do, a more humanistic and contemporary approach is to facilitate learning and development

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It isn't rocket science or a strange secret society, functional movement, functional training, you do functional movement everyday without thinking about it.

The term functional training was coined when trainers happened upon a concept used by Physiotherapists and rehabilitation trainers was used by them to describe and retrain people to go about or improve their daily tasks/lives. Since then it has evolved in many ways and forms and be used in every aspect of the fitness industry from personal trainers to strength coaches. The various forms are vast and varied and who is to say what or which one is right or wrong, the common denominator is that all methods agree on the improvement of a person or athlete in or on all planes of human movement; whether this be the retraining of a stroke victim to walk or an athlete to re balance instabilities in a movement the goal is the same FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT improves all aspects of movement (if trained correctly)

The dictionary defines functional training for sport as

Functional training for sports

Functional training may lead to better muscular balance and joint stability, possibly decreasing the number of injuries sustained in an individual's performance in a sport The benefits may arise from the use of training that emphasizes the body's natural ability to move in six degrees of freedom. In comparison, though machines appear to be safer to use, they restrict movements to a single plane of motion, which is an unnatural form of movement for the body and may potentially lead to faulty movement patterns or injury.

In 2009 Spennewyn conducted research, published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research which compared functional training to fixed variable training techniques; this was considered the first research of its type comparing the two methods of strength training. Results of the study showed very substantial gains and benefits in the functional training group over fixed training equipment. Functional users had a 58% greater increase in strength over the fixed-form group. Their improvements in balance were 196% higher over fixed and reported an overall decrease in joint pain by 30%.

In addition, a recent study of the effectiveness of sandbag training on athletic conditioning, found that training with a variable load has significant cardiovascular benefits over conventional methods. The study compared subjects doing exercise with a sandbag, a kettlebell and battle ropes for 5:44 seconds each. The study concluded that sandbag training burned 24% more calories over the other methods.

Consideration when implementing a functional programme This can go either way dependent on many factors inclusive of your experience, knowledge and understanding of the concept. One key factor to consider when implementing a programme for an athlete or the general public is every session is an EVALUATION, from the minute they walk through the door to the minute they disappear from view.

Other key factors for consideration are

• Plan

• Management timing in relation to the plan

• Liaison with other agencies involved with the athlete

• Define objectives

• Clearly defined executions of delivery for said objectives

• Always work efficiently and effectively (quality before quantity)

• Workouts should be creative and challenging

• EDIPP principle is paramount in delivery

• Both athlete and coach must be prepared for the long haul

• Consistency within the programme (one step at a time) e.g each session should concentrate on one aim not multiple goals

• Play as you train, train as you play, remember competition is the outcome of training

other factors can affect your plan and also need to be considered especially in relation to performance factors.

Sports performance factors

1. Power

2. Strength

3. Speed

4. Coordination

5. Flexibility

6. Quickness

7. Muscular endurance

8. Cardio capacity and endurance

However firstly it is important that you understand the needs of the sport, you may not be familiar with a sport or at least not all of the demands for the sport. Most sports can be broken down into four basic categories

• Sprint

• Intermittent sprint

• Transitional

• Endurance

Thereafter you need to look at the athlete

o Understand their position within the sport

o Analyse the qualities of the athlete

o Understand the most common injuries to the sport

o Impact factors on the athlete and injuries

Hopefully this article will allow you to understand a little more about the need for sports functionality.

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