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England Athletics: Coaching Sprints using an involving style

In this episode in our "How to coach" series, England Athletics National Coach Mentor (NCM) for Sprints Tony Hadley demonstrates how coaches can involve their athletes in the coaching process and also begin to involve expert support staff, in the form of and Physical Preparation NCM Dave Rowland, in their coaching sessions. Be sure to check back for more updates to this series every week.

Other parts in the series:

EA Coaching Shot Using an Involving Style

EA Coaching Hammer Using an Involving Style

EA Coaching Pole Vault Using an Involving Style

EA Coaching Middle Distance Using an Involving Style

EA Coaching Using an Involving Style

  • Uploaded: 07.11.2009
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Comments (2)

  1. Posted by Coach Rez on 31/12/2009 at 06:06 PM

    This is the first time I have viewed any of these video’s and this is a good one by a very good sprints coach.  I believe this is the way we should be coaching athletes who are beyond the novice stage, who have some knowledge of what they and the coach is trying to acheive.  I must point out though that this would only be practical in a 1-1 situation, something the majority of us part time, squad coaches are in a position to do.  More video’s please, there is so much knowledge out there that needs to be shared to help us catch up with the best of the rest.

  2. Posted by Tom Crick on 06/01/2010 at 11:09 AM - Admin Comment

    While it is a challenge to coach in this way with athletes in squad environment it can be done. I coach a squad of 15 sprinters and we use these methods daily. Of course this video is for illustration purposes and you would not go into such depth with 15 athletes individually in one session but you can use techniques like:

    “I want you to think about one point we have talked about in your technique that you would like to improve and that is what we are going to work on today”

    Then you can ask the group questions to get them to set their own goals and choose their own cues throughout the session. For example after they have all run:

    “I want you to think about if that rep was better or worse than the one before? If it was better, what made it better? Everyone got something? (If one or two don’t then draw it out of them with a little more 1 on 1 attention). OK so keeping what you felt or noticed in mind lets go again”

    Now if they are running individually (which they probably will be if it is a technical session) as they walk back you can get them to tell you what they were working on and then you can reassure them that their perception matched reality or for those who didn’t you can either give them an instruction or spend a little more time pulling the information from them.

    Remember with an involving style it is all about the OVERALL tone of the way you coach. It isn’t like you have to pull everything from them every time you speak to them - quite often you will just give them traditional direct feedback but when you notice something you think they can learn from then you can involve them further and because you use it sparingly it really reinforces the learning.

    Looking into a book like Successful Coaching will give you an idea of the different feedback methods there are (band width, faded feedback etc) and how you could use them in your coaching. Of course you can also do a search on Google for “coaching feedback methods”.

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