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EA Coaching Shot using an Involving Style

Every year hundreds of new coaches begin the daunting process of coaching in events with which they have no previous experience. We wanted to make a video that showed how a new coach could work with an experienced technical advisor to accelerate the development of their coaching. In this video, I coach shot for the very first time to an athlete with very little experience in the event. Together we decide what we will focus on and attempt to improve her throwing. To help me with the technical aspects, which I am not familiar with seeing in real time, I make use of a technical advisor in the shape of former Commonwealth Games Discus champion Bob Weir. Rather than coaching the athlete directly Bob help to steer my coaching eye towards faults in her technique while allowing me to retain control of the coaching session. I hope this video can act as a guide for how technical advisors should work with coaches to accelerate their coaching development.

Best, Tom Crick

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  • Uploaded: 19.02.2010
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Comments (4)

  1. Posted by Tom Crick on 19/02/2010 at 10:59 AM - Admin Comment

    This really was my first ever session coaching the shot since i passed my Level 2 throws coaching qualification so please be gentle on me in terms of my understanding of the event!

  2. Posted by Sammy Spencer on 03/03/2010 at 02:02 PM

    I am a keen shotputter and watched this to pick up some tips. I did. I think the being relaxed tip is first class and too many athletes try and push themselves too hard when they first do the event. In terms of coaching (my ambition) I think the way you spoke to her and asked her what she thought about what she was doing is really good. Not enough coaches do that!

  3. Posted by Anonymous on 11/03/2010 at 01:49 PM

    I appreciate this was staged but my one real criticism is that having such an athlete led and discovery method approach is that it is usually more suitable to advanced throwers who have a good idea of the event otherwise you tend to guess. There were some pretty obvious technical errors which Bob picked up on a couple which would indicate that a more dictatorial approach would be more effective at this novice type level. 1 to1 4-5 throws in 5 minutes is not exactly good practice in terms of pedagogy and if you had say 5 throwers this would be a long and drawn out session - but this is a minor point as it is a staged situation and I assume a good coach would realise that such a discussion based session would be difficult for a larger group.

    Otherwise I think such practices are valuable and with the addition such as instant video feedback - the athlete would then have an opportunity to observe themsleves and be more accurate in their observations and understand what good and bad feels like - as well as highlighting some good coaching points to further their understanding of the event.

  4. Posted by Tom Crick on 16/03/2010 at 07:32 PM - Admin Comment

    Thanks for your very valid comments. We actually did a lot more throws than are shown in the video but only the ones that elicited a more questioning response from me were left in the final edit. A key point you raise is that just because you are using an involving style doesn’t mean you have to use questions every time you give feedback. It might only be once every 5-10 throws but when you do decide to give feedback and choose a good question then the impact on learning can be profound.

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