Coaching Tips for Team Training: All Sports
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Coaching tips for training for teams always starts the offseason. Coaches must know where to start when building their programs. This is why evaluations are so important. What should coaches evaluate? Should coaches evaluate at all? Especially if there is only one coach doing the evaluations. Offseason is a time to improve on last year, evaluate athletes, and build plans that will help athletes perform better than years past. This is one of the most important times to coaches. Some of the major goals for all coaches, no matter what the sport, is to get stronger, faster, and more explosive. Those are all goals that everyone would like to achieve but the real question is what gives you the edge on the offseason to gain ground on that elusive but dominating opponent. And are you doing everything you need to be doing to make those improvements? These evaluations should be done every 8-12 weeks to make sure that each goal is being met and adjust the points of emphasis as needed.
Many coaches do this but not in the depth that it needs to be done. For some this seems like a waste of time but if it is not done it could cost many times over. Imagine if coaches never watched film and evaluated athletes in games. Where would the improvements be? How would coaches justify the athletes that play or don’t play? In a day and age where Wins and Losses mean job loss it is very important to be able to track this with quantifiable data. Data that coaches can use as evidence and proof for justifiable cause as well as continue to develop the team and athletes in a positive direction.
- Not doing assessments and evaluations on the team
- Getting Plans from other schools and universities
- Doing what the team did last year
- Not using the data from testing
- Lack of Continuing Education and keeping up with research
- Anthropometric Measurements= Body Fat%, Height, Weight, Wingspan, Seated Height
- Movement Assessments= Functional Movement Screen
- Performance Assessments= Strength (Squat, Bench, Clean etc), Power (Clean, Vertical, Med Ball Toss, Broad Jump), Speed (10, 40 yard dash), Agility (pro shuttle, 3 cone), Energy System (300 yard shuttle, beep, repeatability)
- Nutritional Evaluations- this doesn’t have to be a struggle to create. There are many simple evaluations that can help coaches with this. Emailing a Simple 10 Question Google Doc to the athletes will give coaches most the information they need to know.
- 1 on 1 meetings- have a evaluation in writing or on a computer that needs to be detailed enough to get some of the answers needed. Sit down with the coaching staff to compile these questions. Search 12 Item Grit Scale to use a 12 question on mental toughness. Many colleges and pro teams use it.
- Set Goals- This is a time to get to know each player and set goals for the following year and keep them accountable for those goals.
- Emotional/Spiritual Needs- This is a time to help direct the individual and let them know your desires for them as a person and not just an athlete. This can be a great motivator for many athletes without fathers. Don’t discount the value in this!
Hopefully coaches can put some of these methods into action. It is very tough being understaffed but if we our will to succeed will help us find a way. Please contact us with any questions or comments