Coaching the Mental Game & Self Esteem — online learning from Deakin University via FutureLearn.com

I have just completed Coaching the Mental Game, the final course in the series led by Paddy Upton, from Deakin University via FutureLearn.

As with the previous courses, I have spent much longer than the suggested 6 hours, working through the course materials, then reading and contributing to the “below the line” conversations.

Big thanks to Paddy and Deakin University; big thanks to the other participants who joined the online discussions.

I have been left with so many things to think about, so much I can add to the coaching toolkit.

Top of the list, for me, was the discussion around self esteem – why it matters, how it differs from self confidence, how to help athletes to develop it.

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The Self-Aware Coach — online learning from Deakin University via FutureLearn.com

As a coach, I often challenge the players I work with to analyse their own game; only very rarely have I turned the mirror back onto my own coaching behaviours.

So Deakin University’s ‘Self-Aware Coach’ online course, led by Paddy Upton and Dr Sharon Pittaway and hosted by FutureLearn, was an opportunity not to be missed.

The course content was exceptional, the educators informed, candid and engaged, and so many of my fellow students contributed so much via their considered Comments.

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Player-centred coaching – can it work with 7-year olds?

I posted a couple of weeks ago about my experience of Coaching in the Knowledge Era, an online coach education course from Deakin University delivered by Paddy Upton, on FutureLearn.com.

I have just completed the follow-up course, Player-Centred Coaching – just as thought-provoking, and I have been left with a lot of ideas to think about.

For me, there were perhaps two main takeaways from the course.

  1. The importance of “individual-invisible” attributes – attitudes, emotions & thoughts –  in player development.
  2. That explicit inclusion of players with some existing knowledge of their own games in review and planning phases of the learning cycle [play-review-plan-practice- and repeat] delivers more accurate review, more relevant planning, and better player buy-in to the whole process.

But perhaps, for the young players I mostly work with, direct involvement with the planning and review phases might be asking too much, just yet.

That still left me with a challenge for my own coaching practice – what strategies can I use to help the players I work with to begin to understand and develop the positive attributes in that individual-invisible sector?

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