Sports coaches assist athletes in developing to their full potential. They are responsible for training athletes in a sport by analyzing their performances, instructing in relevant skills and by providing encouragement. But you are also responsible for the guidance of the athlete in life and their chosen sport.
Consequently, the role of the coach will be many and varied, from instructor, assessor, friend, mentor, facilitator, chauffeur, demonstrator, adviser, supporter, fact finder, motivator, counselor, organizer, planner and the Fountain of all Knowledge.
In relation to sports, the role of the coach is to create the right conditions for learning to happen and to find ways of motivating the athletes. Most athletes are highly motivated and therefore the task is to maintain that motivation and to generate excitement and enthusiasm.
The coach will need to be able to: assist athletes to prepare training programs, communicate effectively with athletes, assist athletes to develop new skills, use evaluation tests to monitor training progress and predict performance. Therefore, you can see that it is a very difficult task and requires a very special person!
You give up your time, season after season. Countless hours are spent in the car bringing your child to practices, competitions, and fundraisers. It’s not always easy.
The kids might test your patience. They may need reminder after reminder about that water bottle they keep forgetting to fill.
Working at the Bottle Drive or our Swim-a-Thon might not be your ideal Saturday afternoon, but you’re there with a smile on your face.
You brave the unknown that is their sports bag, after a wet swimsuit, towel and snack are left to mold. And somehow remove all gel from their hair. It’s like magic!
Your child may not say it, but they thank you. Having you poolside and in the bleachers, cheering their name, makes all the difference. You have a front row seat to see them win, lose, forget, and be in "synch". You’re there to see them grow and to see them persevere.
Some of you may get a little intense at times…you can’t help it. You are their biggest fan! And we are your biggest fan. THANK YOU!
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