Coaching philosophy in just 6 words – with @SiNainby

Interesting challenge from Simon Nainby via twitter – can you encapsulate your coaching philosophy in just six words?

My best attempt:

How can we play better tomorrow?

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CPD review – 18 months on

Back in the autumn of 2014 I attended a series of CPD workshops, delivered by Dan Feist (Essex CB) and Richard Hall (then with Surrey CB) – ECB Coaching Children, for level 2 coaches.

Still waiting for the “Diploma” schedule – the opportunity to convert the workshops into a recognised coaching qualification – but the workshops were certainly interesting & thought-provoking.

As with any CPD, however, attending the course is one thing, but what really matters is post-training “D” – was there actually any Development in coaching practice?  How much of the workshop content have I actually managed to put into practice?

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Beware – too much input!

There have been several interesting conversations recently on the coach’s use of silence – keeping quiet, and allowing the “game to teach the game”, and refraining from constant interruption and instruction.

In particular, I enjoyed a post from ImSporticus – The Way of the Silent Coach.

An ideal, perhaps, and certainly applicable to matchplay.  I think I would struggle to maintain the silence through a practice session, however.

I might adopt two minimalist, almost value-neutral interventions, ascribed to Ric Charlesworth, on watching a “trial-and-error” session:

  • “fair enough” (“you tried, it didn’t work out this time”)
  • “good” (as in “you have demonstrated the desired outcome”)

That’s all.  Leave the player to get on with the game.

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