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A Coaching System that Will Help You ‘C’ the Light!

The ‘C’ system is a holistic coaching model that delivers on all fronts, supporting the development of the whole child – mentally and socially, as well as technically and tactically. In the first of a two-part series, Blake Richardson takes a look at three elements of the ‘C’ system: connection, confidence and competence, with the help of coach educator Jon Woodward

Sport is about so much more than winning.

Being able to execute perfect technique and showcase your skills in front of others, the unbridled thrill of competition, increasing your conditioning and level of physical fitness – all fabulous reasons why people get hooked on sport.

It is common knowledge that exercise releases adrenaline, endorphins, serotonin and dopamine, which create a natural high that keeps you coming back for more.

But take away the camaraderie with your teammates, and remove the element of fun from the sporting equation, and playing sport just wouldn’t be the same. It would lose its allure, providing you with watered down memories.

Sport is attractive because it is multidimensional, with physical, tactical, technical, psychological and social elements all working as a team to provide a lasting legacy for those who take part.

The challenge for coaches is to ensure that each of these dimensions is developed in equal measure.

Unfortunately, the psychological and social components can often be overlooked when coaching 5–12 year olds.

As coach educator Jon Woodward puts it: “It is important to remember we don’t just coach players, we coach people. It is a message that sometimes gets lost.”

This is where the ‘C’ system within coaching comes in – a framework that underpins the traditional model of coaching by supporting the holistic development of players as performers and as people.

The easy-to-remember ‘C’ system formula also serves as an easy reference tool for coaches to refer back to before, during and after their sessions.

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