Posted on April 15, 2016
Some of today’s most successful athletes owe part of their success to coaches. As a coach, you have the responsibility of training, motivating, and molding your gymnast in the best way possible. But coaching also involves organizing and planning things such as practices, meets, and events. Ensuring that every activity goes smoothly and productively depends upon how well well-prepared you are even before they happen.
If you’re wondering how you can stay on top of things, we’ve gathered a list of organizing tips you can easily apply in everyday life.
Set your goals.
- Set both long and short term goals. What skills do you want your gymnast to learn? How will you improve your coaching techniques? How will you deal with losses?
- Make sure that your goals are realistic and achievable. If they’re not, you’ll not only waste your time but your gymnast’s as well.
- Taking the time to list your goals means that you’ll be focusing on things that really matter and not getting hung up on little details.
Create a training schedule and plan that you and your gymnast will stick to.
- Take the time to outline a practice plan. In this plan, you should include warm up, events, conditioning, flexibility, dance, etc.
- Your plan should be built upon what your gymnast has learned the last time and improving any deficiencies you’ve observed.
- Having a plan with time restraints will help you stay productive and keep energy levels high.
Get parents involved.
- Communication with parents is an important aspect to coaching. After all, these parents entrust you to look after your child during practices. Before you begin a season, send a letter or email to parents to introduce yourself, coaching background, coaching techniques, and contact details.
- Ask parents to provide their contact details as well for easier communication.
- Inform parents of other gymnasts their child will be training with. This is to ensure that they can also reach out to other families, should the need arise.
- Don’t forget to attach a practice schedule. Include date, time, and location of each practice.
- Arrange meetings to regularly update parents on their child’s performance, meets their child will participate in, or any other topic you want to discuss. Alternatively, you can also send weekly emails if this is more convenient.
There you have it. We hope that these tips have been helpful to you. Here’s to a fruitful season for you and your gymnast.