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Your Coaching Philosophy: Ideas to Aid its Development

Tips and suggested questions that can be used during the process of developing your coaching philosophy. Your coaching philosophy (a series of guiding principles) informs your coaching practice and guides decision-making

Your coaching philosophy goes beyond the techniques and tactics of your sport. It’s a set of values, beliefs and guiding principles that determine how you coach. You need to think bigger than the ‘game’ and allow it to be shaped by your experiences as a person.

To start you off, why don’t you ask yourself the following three questions? 

Q. Why did you start coaching? 

Q. What brings you the most satisfaction in your coaching? 

Q. What is your coaching style? 

Consider

You might want to think about how you communicate with your athletes, the approaches you use in your coaching sessions, and how you define success.

 

Your coaching ‘North Star’ 

Think of your coaching philosophy as a kind of ‘North Star.’ It guides your progress and establishing it is a key aspect of becoming the kind of coach you want to be. 

Your coaching philosophy: 

  • guides your thinking and decision-making 
  • directs your coaching conversations 
  • provides a mirror to reflect upon 
  • requires revisiting regularly 
  • should inform your coaching practice, so live it every day!

Developing your coaching philosophy with a ‘buddy’

Having someone to talk to can be helpful. They can offer a different perspective or a more pragmatic approach to situations that you are emotionally involved in and can provide emotional support when things are tough.  

They can also help you develop your coaching philosophy. 

This would simply involve: 

  • identifying a buddy to have a coaching conversation with 
  • connecting with them 
  • arranging opportunities to develop your relationship 
  • taking ownership of the session to get out of it what will most benefit you and your coaching practice. 

Consider

What does success look like for you in your coaching environment? 

 

Success built on solid foundations

You might want to consider the following. 

  1. What would we see in your coaching behaviours? 
  2. What would we hear from you in your coaching behaviours? 
  3. How would we see your athletes engage during your sessions?  
  4. What would we be hearing in the sessions? 
  5. What type of relationships would we observe with your athletes and coaching team? 
  6. How would you categorise your practice design and approach? 
  7. What is your approach to developing your athletes?  

More on: Your Coaching Philosophy

Creating a Coaching Philosophy

Takes you through the principles that go into creating your own personal philosophy

Evolving Your Coaching Philosophy

Offers advice on how to manage and grow your philosophy

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