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Supporting the Transitioning Athlete | Coaching Youth (age 13-18)

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Posted in: Coaching Youth (age 13-18), General Forum

Supporting the Transitioning Athlete

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  • cchapman

    A question to the coaches out there, how well do you receive and exit the athletes that leave your talent pathway environment (just as applicable to age group and club)?

    I am interested about people’s communication with athletes, parents, other coaches, schools.  How do you receive a athlete and what contact do you have with the ‘donor’ stage/club?  When an athlete transitions out what do you do to support them, the coach and the overall transition?

    Sharing some of my experiences within talent pathways…

    • We had a transition night for pathway coaches, akin to speed dating as we found that key messages and information wasn’t been passed on.  All coaches were given a drink and given 30 minutes talking to the receiving coach about their athletes.  After 30 minutes it swapped and they shared with the coach they were receiving from
    • We had a parent responsible for parent inductions, the parents created their own buddy system to support parents of new athletes to settle in.  This included offers of car sharing, introductions and advice
    • All staff are allocated athletes regardless of role, they are your ‘team’ and you are responsible for their pastoral care.  This is initiated from the first session, spreads and empowers staff wider than the coaches and from this much wider inter-disciplinary thinking and ideas have evolved.  The ratios were much smaller and this helped massively with issues, communication and transitions
    • One of the most effective transition windows I have been involved with was when the pathway had a ‘club’ night.  All players mixed in all age groups, as well as on field they shared ideas and aspects of the pathway.  The coaches sat in and we were able to hear about things they liked, didn’t like, future concerns, what they wanted more of.  It was taken straight from the university open day approach.   

    What are your thoughts, views and experiences?

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