Roles and Responsibilities of a Sports Coach

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Roles and responsibilities of a sports coach

A Coach is somebody who develops, improves or promotes changes in a persons ability and understanding. Coaches work with another person or a group of people and develops them as people using sport to progress them in their development. All coaches have certain responsibilities towards performers, their sport, their profession and themselves. Below I have identified what a coach may be required to fulfil.

Coaches need to be confident in a wide range of skills in order to be a good coach. Three skills that are common to successful coaches include communication skills, organisation skills and sport-specific skills.

Coaches need to have a a range of good communication skills as they should communicate in different ways to suit people’s needs. It is important that coaches have these skills so there able to motivate performers and provide them with information in a way that students understand it so they can train in order to improve their performance and also listen and understand what performers have to say as communication works both ways. An example of this could be the coach questioning performers and listening to their opinions. Coaches must be able to use all aspects of communication for example they could communicate verbally by speaking but it is important that the tone is varied to suit what needs to be said as constant shouting could make performers uncomfortable and also becomes less effective. Another example is non verbal communication this could involve sending signals by body language and facial expressions. A coach with good communication skills is Sven Yuran Ericsson as his mother tongue is French but he has learnt English in order to communicate verbally with the team he is coaching.

Coaches need to have good organisation skills as effective coaching sessions have to be organised for this to happen a range of skills is required this could include organisation, analysing and problem solving skills, evaluation, time management and health and safety skills. Analysing and problem solving skills means having the ability to judge peoples performance against other performers or a desired performance, for example an expert. Problem solving involves identifying when things have gone badly, when problems occur and being able to recognise what the source of the problem is. An example of time management is using time effectively in order to maximise the students opportunities for learning and managing the time efficiently. Coaches should use evaluation to reflect on how well and how bad sessions went so it is important that the coach is honest so they can improve and learn from this.

Coaches should have sport specific skills as they need to understand certain technical aspects of the sport they are trying to teach. A coach needs to ensure that they have a good knowledge and understanding of their own sport and how the latest information in sport science can aid to develop performers, this is important so coaches can deliver demonstrations correctly and carry out good practice as if they were to demonstrate something wrongly then students could pick up bad habits by simply imitating and doing as their instructed. However if a coach is less knowledgeable in a particular area of sport they could use their transferable skills .

A football coach should be a role model as a team needs guiding and someone to follow. A football coach has a responsibility towards the football team to deliver effective coaching sessions that help the performance of the performer both as an individual and as a team. They must also demonstrate professional behaviour and conduct and follow legal responsibilities. A coach is a role model as a coach can be a very influential person, performers need guiding. A coach who behaves in a way that earns and maintains trust and respect can become a positive role model. A coach should maintain a healthy lifestyle as a coach is a role model people...
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