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Coaching can be hard - especially if it is something that you do in your spare time rather than as a career. Does the following sound familiar?
Wake up early. Kids all over the place. Trying to get them ready for school, Drop them off. Then get to work yourself. Long day in the office. Meetings, deadlines, Stress. Leave to get the kids from the after school club they are in. Eldest then has a sports club so race home, get him changed - do you realise how hard it is to get kids just to put some shoes on! - Down to the sports club. Try to watch him play while entertaining the youngest. Back home. Try to calm hyper active kids whilst attempting to cook diner. Eat. Play something with the kids. Get them into the bath. Then into bed. Then...
...Well then it is late. You are tired. You haven’t really had a chance to speak to your wife/husband properly. You just want to sleep as it all starts again tomorrow, but there are the training schedules for the next session to create and send out. Conversations with the other coaches as to the aims and objectives. Speaking to players, answering questions and queries. Talking to other teams about upcoming fixtures. Reviewing the play books. Reviewing film of the last session to see any issues. The list goes on.
...And it is just Monday!
If this, or elements of it, sound familiar then below are some ideas that I have developed to both try and help balance everything out and save time. It still isn’t perfect and occasionally things tend to tip too far one way or the other. But overall I hope that these can help you achieve the focus to succeed.
Which then leads nicely onto…
(An example of our training schedule in the build up to Sapphire 2018 with space for the inclusion of focuses and milestones)
(An example of a previous drill library template for our flag team. This table based approach can easily be copied to create new drills and the structure grants consistency throughout)
In summary, the key items addressed here are:
I hope that the above will be of help to other coaches who are trying to juggle personal and sporting lives. Just remember that coaching can be all consuming. It is important to make sure that you retain a balance in your life and these tips are just some of the ways that you can create the right amount of focus to ensure you get what you need to be done in the time that you have available.
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