When we think about coaching, we tend to focus on players' development and the improvement of their physical, mental, technical and tactical knowledge and skills. However, learning is not solely the domain or responsibility of the players. In order to continue to support players' performance, it is critical that coaches continue to develop their own professional knowledge and skills.
Professional development is critical to keep abreast of new trends, innovations, research and initiatives. Perhaps most importantly, it ensures coaching currency.
Much like the development of the player, the professional development of the coach has to be considered, structured and planned. The plan should be goal oriented and the process to achieve those goals well defined.
Opportunities for learning and development are many and varied. With so many types of professional development options available, it can be difficult to identify what specific learning to undertake. Furthermore, it is important to consider the most effective way to improve coaching knowledge and skills.
This course will help you:
This course can be completed in one sitting. However, we would encourage you to take your time to review and absorb the information presented. You may certainly want to take your time in between completing Tasks 3 and 4. The reflection time between the two will be very useful as you consider what the very best opportunities are for your professional development.