Coaching Philosophy in Athletics. Yet nothing is as practical as a well developed philosophy.
Coaching Philosophy in Athletics
Philosophy is simply the way you see situations and experiences. Whether you have given it much thought or not, you already have a personal philosophy of life.
It is based on your ideas, opinions and attitudes from a lifetime of experiences. It determines your every thought, decision and action.
Your philosophy also applies to your work in athletics.
Again, you may be aware of it or you may act without giving much thought to the reasons for your decisions.
As someone with a position of responsibility in athletics, however, you have an obligation to conduct yourself and make decisions with the best interests of the sport and the athletes foremost in your mind.
Having a well developed personal philosophy will make an important contribution to your effectiveness and your success in athletics – and in other areas of your life.
Some Key Points
Holistic Development – The athlete is a person first, an athlete second.
Athlete Centred – Personal interpretations of experiences should be personalised to the individual
- Chemistry – any athlete coach relationship (please note you can have a very good coach and a very good athlete but they are not always compatible)
Examples of Coaching Philosophy
To create within the athletes an interest and enthusiasm for events then direct, interest + enthusiasm along the lines of sound fundamentals taught.
My own coaching Philosophy
To encourage and guide athletes through improving strengths and working on weaknesses in technique. Regardless of their ability or disabilities. To be the best they can be is more important than winning.
John Wooden’s coaching philosophy was a simple one, and he believed that many coaches over complicate things. His view was that basketball is a simple game, so why make it complicated? He said: “I think the coach’s job is to prepare players to play and then let them do it. Failure to prepare is preparing to fail.
Regardless of their ability or disabilities. As a coach, the purpose is to focus on improving everyone I work with whether they be a beginner that ends up as a recreational runner or an elite international. A coach will devote their efforts to improving whoever they work with.
To encourage and guide athletes through improving strengths and working on weaknesses in technique. To motivate them to be the very best they can be is more important than winning.
Andrew is an ATFS Statiscian in Athletics with a wide range of knowledge in measurable sports. He has worked as a PSC Consultant and Research Assistant from 2013-2015, Consultant and Sprint Coach at Zamboanga Sports Academy from 2015-2017. And is current editor and chief of Pinoyathletics.info, and has recently done consultancy work for Ayala Corp evaluating the Track and Field Program. Currently, he is coaches Sprints, Middle and Jump events he is working towards his Level 3 Athletics Australia Coaching Certification in Sprints and Hurdles.
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