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How to coach: coaching behaviours

Part 2 on “how to coach” is based around a coach’s behaviours within a session (see part 1 here). How do they communicate with players? As always, it’s important to start at the beginning, by outlining what coaching is and what a coach does (in my opinion).

  • Coach: An individual who plans and facilitates the training, learning and participation of an athlete and/or a team.

  • Coaching: is a set of behaviours intended to develop skilled athletes.

If coaches are tasked with developing skilled athletes, we must define what skill is, and then define learning.

  • Skill: the ability to adapt goal-directed behaviour to the surrounding constraints.

  • Learning: a process of continually improving the fit between an individual and their environment by using surroun