Failing To Plan Is Planning To Fail
We have all heard the expression “failing to plan is planning to fail”. Whilst this is well known, the importance of this statement doesn’t register with as many people as you would expect. A high percentage of coaches fail to plan appropriately and/or fail to follow their plans throughout the season. But when facing the many challenges that coaching throws your way, it’s your preparation that is likely to be the difference between success and failure.
We know only too well that kick-starting a season can feel like a daunting task – so much to do! So much to think about! Where do I start?
But, if you take a bit of time at the beginning of the season to develop an overall coaching plan it can be much less overwhelming. Once you have an overall goal in mind, break it down into several phases and before you know it you’ll be kicking off the season in style.
One really important thing to bear in mind is that the most successful coaching plans we have seen are those that match your capabilities. Make sure you are realistic in terms of your overall goal and don’t overstretch or overcommit yourself.
Remember to maximise the use of your existing strengths and make the most of all of the assistance and equipment you already have available to you.
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”Benjamin Franklin
Below we have broken down the creation of your overall coaching plan into 4 easy to follow steps.
1. Set your coaching goal – Why are you coaching, what do you want to achieve, and when do you need to achieve it by?
Make sure your goal is SMART
2. Create your timeline. When are you going to achieve your goal, what phases are involved in achieving it, what is involved in each phase, and by when will you have to begin the next phase?
You need to know what you are going to do to achieve your goal and how. Make a list of each of phase of your overall goal, the drills/activities that you’ll run during each phase, and when do you intend on beginning the next phase.
Remember to monitor each phase. This will allow you to reflect on how successful each drill/activity was and where you can make improvements in the future.
3. Create your story
Explain to your athletes/parents/assistants/etc your season goals and how they are going to positively impact them. Will it be more enjoyment, better results, superior development?
4. Put your plan into action- start your coaching
Once you have your plan set, it’s time to put it into action! Remember it is important to review your progress. Make sure you are continuously referring to your plan but also make changes to your plan as required.
Coaches Guild is always here to help you if you need any advice or direction for creating your coaching plan. Don’t be afraid to reach out to us whenever you need.
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