When you’re coaching, do you stand still? Do you sit? Do you always view things from the same angle? Why??? First off, you are coaching. Coaching = Teaching. For teaching math you might be able to stay fairly stationary. For teaching a sport, you need to be on your feet. It lets you do a better job. Plus, it sets a better example for your athletes.
There are three major reasons that it helps to be on your feet.
- It keeps the energy level higher and the focus better for you and the athlete.
- It makes it easier to demonstrate and make corrections.
- It makes it easier to see.
While all of these are important, the last one may be the biggest reason to move around. Some coaches have a favorite place to stand when they watch an athlete do a particular skill. Some like to stand directly in front, some to the side, etc. They feel that this gives them the best position to see the skill and correct mistakes. Personally, I try to move around some and view the athlete from different angles This gives me a more complete view of what is going on. It lets me see things in different ways and sometimes leads to a better understanding of how the athlete is executing that particular skill or drill.
Are you stationary when you coach? Have you fallen into the rut of watching from the same place every time? Shake things up and move around some. It will give you a better view of the whole picture.
Here’s another post of mine on coaching.