Roles and Responsibilities of a Sports Coach

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Roles and Responsibilities of a Sports Coach

By | Jan. 2011
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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...