The Difference Between Being ‘Good’ And ‘Great’
There is only so much time coaches can spend with their athletes. Whether we are talking about professional coaches or amateur coaches, we cannot have full influence on them every minute of the day. Therefore, we rely on them to learn from what we have taught them and implement that during their own time.
If athletes fall back into bad habits when their coach is not with them, they can undo a lot of the progress that may have been made at trainings, etc. On the other hand, if athletes continue to work on what their coach has instilled in them away from their coach, it could make all the difference between being good and being great.
Putting athletes in control
There is only so much a coach can control. At the end of the day it is the athletes drive that makes the real difference. If coaches can develop athletes that drive themselves, both at and away from training, then they have the best chance of getting the best out of their athletes.
“You must respect people and work hard to be in shape. And I used to train very hard. When the other players went to the beach after training, I was there kicking the ball.”Pelé
The button below is to an article by Mark Blomeley which discusses studies into academic learning that show a key component to substantial development is what happens when students are not attending school. He also explains how this study can be applied to sport and how applying this mindset of continuous training and discipline can help athletes go from good to great.
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