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The Power of Focused Coaching

When we all start as coaches, we want to show our stuff. We give the athletes everything we know in the first 10 minutes of a practice or training session. Most often lacking the concept of focused coaching. Been there, done that!

Authentic coaching comes when we start to realize less is better. What does less mean?

It’s about giving one thing to think about or work on. You can handle that- right?

But if I give you 5-7 things to focus on and try to develop, you’ll most likely struggle. I bet if I gave you 3-4 focuses, it would be a less productive day because your attention would be spread out.

Ideas How on Focused Coaching

When I train athletes, I concentrate on one, possibly two, skills other than during the warm-up. I have several variations of particular drills to challenge the athletes’ ownership of the skill. The other thing I will do is have the athletes perform a different skill that is very similar in its patterning.

The goal is to achieve results. So, if we focus on too many things, do we get results that “stick?” I don’t think so.

coach demonstration lateral run skill as focused skill

When an athlete, or anyone for that matter, has the chance to put all their focus and practice in one direction, the chances of reaching positive results go way up.

I want my athletes leaving a session saying, “Whoa, I got better at that skill today; I feel great”! This is what our job is about. It’s not about exposure; it’s about achievement. Youngsters, athletes, adults, and patients can expose themselves to things without us. If they want specific results, we need to dial them into what’s important, what matters, and what is efficient.

Training one skill, with slight variations, also allows the coach to be focused. We can dial in on what’s essential when it comes to making adjustments.

What might be most important is the athlete(s) will gain confidence. They don’t gain confidence when too many things are going on… because they are unsure what they learned. The results may be too much to remember.

One skill, one focus! It’s incredible how quickly the correctives needed to help the athlete on this one skill or pattern will appear. It’s because all your coaching energy is focused and not watered down by what’s next.

Being a great coach is about impact. If you can positively impact an athlete on how they move you, they win. Go for wins!

The Speed Insiders Academy is about wins. It’s designed to allow coaches, trainers, teachers, and therapists like YOU to dial in on how skills like the Lateral Shuffle and Lateral Run Step operate. You choose what you want and need to work on and then go to work learning more.

Keep it focused and straightforward, and transform into a top-speed expert: Skills that set you apart. For the WIN!

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