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NickRuddock
Nick Ruddock said:
'Ten years of coaching without reflection is simply one year of coaching repeated ten times.'

Critical reflection is an essential part of athlete and coach development. If I don't reflect on my actions and decisions, how do I know i'm making progress?
18/08/15
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JuliaW
Julia West said:
In discussing structure and content of half time talks: 'remember they now have to go out and play 45 more minutes...'
17/11/15
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BillB
Bill Baillie said:
"There are no guarantees in sport" many young players don't realise this and they need the guidance around the high that they can get through sport, but also the lows that come with loss of form injury etc.
07/12/15
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robdelve
Robert Delve said:
When working with children, the best bit of advice I was given was to ask questions to get your 'coaching points' across. Rather than tell the person/player/group what you want them to do, lead them to the answer you want through questions, because they can't argue with themselves.
08/12/15
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Ralph
Ralph Samwell said:
The only one I completely disagree with about is the; Be yourself.
First off the theory of self, is unbelievably complex, our best brains still argue over what the Self actually is.
Secondly, nobody is perfect, I don’t encourage people to be their imperfections, coaching is about aspiring to more or a higher version of your self. Strengthening under your weak spots and building on top of the talent to become the new self, version 2.0.
Ali said, “even if I wasn’t a boxer, id have swept the streets and a world champion.”
D. Thompson said, “I always knew I was going to be great, I just didn’t know what at”.
Some get this and try to be someone else, a mistake also, it’s not about being your self otherwise there’s no where to go or advance, you’re not going to change because youre being your self and it’s not about pretending to be someone else, that’s dishonest to your true self, which only hides your weak spots.
“Be your self because everyone else is taken.” Noel Coward
“Be at anytime able to sacrifice who you are for what you could become.”
07/05/16
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robertkmaaye
Rob Maaye said:
Thanks for your comment Ralph. It's always great to get different opinions. For me one of the great things about the ConnectedCoaches community is the willingness of members to express their views (and the rationale behind them) even if it "challenges" another's opinion. I'll be interested to see if anyone else agrees with you. Can I ask what's the best piece of advice you've ever been given?
08/05/16
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Ralph
Ralph Samwell said:
There is no best Rob, every excellent piece of advice I’ve ever been given is contextually driven, which means it doesn’t work in all situations and so they are all best if they work in that situation. Problem with everyone’s lists above, is it looks like they use it as a way of life, it’s become a rule and rules prevent growth and creativity. If there is a best; it’s what ever is the newest interesting that I’d not heard of before.

“The most dangerous statement in the world: We’ve always done it that way!” Anon
Whilst Van Gall is worrying about % pass rate completions, Leicester T FC work on what’s going to give them the best chance of playing their football. They also have the WORST pass rate completion, so they are not worried about mistakes, if it leads to a goal.

you are right, it’s all opinion, truth is there are very few, if any, truisms.
“Opinions are like Ar**oles, everyone’s got one and mostly filled with hot air.” My Dad

We learn far more from mistakes than we do from success and so as much as our advice is profound, insightful and hard won, for other coaches and athletes, they should largely ignore it. The intelligent ones will file it for later when it’s relevant or analyse it and pick it to pieces. I hope you’re wrong and someone will say they don’t agree with me, as long as they can tell me why?

Truth is, we are all subject to our own Ego. As coaches we are seen as a bit of a guru by some; a weak coach buys into the adulation.
"Never buy into your own hype. The easiest person to fool, is your self." Benedetti

Most coaches reading this that you and me advise, will only make two mistakes,
1. They won't listen to it; and will have to learn their way.
2. They will listen to it; to the extent where they buy into it and stop thinking.

"As soon as you do something for someone, you've given them permission to be stupid because you've robbed them of the experience of thinking and doing it for them selves."

As coaches we run a risky game, we are messing with people's lives, "with great power comes great responsibility". The advice we give should only be seen as information, up-to the athlete to know what to believe in; they will anyway, i hope.
09/05/16
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LawrieOK
The best advice for me comes in the wisdom of legendary John Wooden, as so succinctly explained in the book by Swen Nater & Ronald Gallimore "You haven't TAUGHT until They have LEARNED". Coach Wooden covered so much of what every coach needs to be able to develop their charges (and themselves) to the very best they could ever be.
13/05/16
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shootcoach
David Burgess said:

The day you stop learning something, give it up.

19/01/17
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cyclingcoach

Work with as many different coaches as you can, especially those with more experience/knowledge than you

19/01/17
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MarkSFC
Mark Heathorn said:

Always "provide an environment in which others may prosper". Served me well!

26/01/17
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