Sport Coaching in Practice

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Here is a collection of articles focused on the practical application of coaching. Covering a varied topic mix, they all relate to useful and relevant coaching issues, coaches face day in, day out. You may find our sections for our most recent articles, resources and materials, latest newsletters, or 5 Minutes with Bo Hanson video series valuable too.

The Coach-Athlete Relationship

Video Presentation by Bo Hanson, 4x Olympian and Coaching Consultant   In this video Bo Hanson talks about how important the Coach-Athlete Relationship is in achieving success in sport, whether that is at the little league

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Avoiding the Traditional Sport Coaching Style 

Video Presentation by Bo Hanson, 4x Olympian and Coaching Consultant The Traditional Sport Coaching Style is the old way of coaching athletes. Highly directive in style and highly ineffective with today’s modern generation of athletes. Discover

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Teaching and Sports Coaching Methods

There are many different learning strategies designed to help athletes develop. As a coach, what are your strategies? This article is a follow up from our article on the 11 Qualities of Optimal Learning Environments. In that article the fourth quality of an optimal learning environment was coaches providing multiple teaching and sports coaching methods to help their athlete’s progress. Learn more about the following methods in order to better communicate and educate your athletes.

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The Coach’s Guide to Managing Conflict in Sport

We all know that in the highly stressful environment of elite sport (and even social sport), conflict is bound to occur. Coaches need to know the best way to understand, recognize and manage conflict in a way that results in a positive outcome. Dealing with conflict is a delicate yet necessary part of any coach’s role, so we have also included a guide to the Critical Conversations you will need to make regularly in your coaching career.

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Making Effective Team Decisions

By Bo Hanson – 4x Olympian, Coaching Consultant & Director of Athlete Assessments One of the hallmarks of successful athletes, teams and coaches, is their ability to make effective decisions across a range of challenging environments.

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Delivering Athlete Feedback

All athletes will perform at a level under their best at some point. How Coaches manage this impacts the athlete’s future performances. Studies into coaching effectiveness continually suggest everything we say and do as a Coach impacts our athlete’s performance. This article provides two simple athlete feedback mechanisms to use with your athletes to ensure their performance improves with your coaching feedback. The first technique is called the feedback sandwich. It is a three step model for giving constructive encouragement and athlete feedback.

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How To Be An Athlete Centered Coach

Athlete Centered Coaching is a coaching philosophy underpinned by a set of values and coaching behaviors, where the primary goal of the coach is to help their athletes take responsibility of their sporting behaviors that create their results. This article outlines what Athlete Centered Coaching is, the goals of this approach and how to be this type of coach.

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Do You Have Adaptability in Sport?

What if an athlete you’re coaching says: “Hey, Coach, I feel like I am getting stale with this training routine, can we mix it up a bit?” As you are a well-organized coach with a scientifically proven program, you know that even small changes will alter the physiological makeup of the program. But if you knew that making a small adjustment could improve your athlete’s mental state (and assuming this is as important as their physical preparation) then you’d make the adjustment, right? Even if this meant that you were the one who had to adjust the most. You would be willing to adapt your behavior a little bit.

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Sports Team Travel Tips

By Bo Hanson – 4x Olympian, Coaching Consultant & Director of Athlete Assessments Make the most of your team’s travel time with these valuable sports team travel tips and activities to deepen their understanding of each

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A Coach’s Role is Critical

A coach’s role is critical in the context of our society. What I want to share with you in this article is my philosophy on the role of sport and the significant contribution coaches make. This is particularly important for your sport and every sport.

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Creating a High Performance Coaching Style

By Bo Hanson – 4x Olympian, Coaching Consultant & Director of Athlete Assessments Every coach has their unique approach or style to coaching. Whether or not this leads to a high-performance coaching style, where their athletes

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