Your Athletes Owe You
Size matters. An elite coach draws athletes and has big class size. This also means that the coach has established the framework for athletes to want to do more than they would do on their own. They will train harder, move better, get stronger and ready for this one – show up consistently! If YOU do a great job coaching, athletes will want to train instead of need to train (sound familiar?). Elite coaches attract all types of athletes - and lots of them. These types of coaches are in-demand.
Coaches that make an impact will inspire athletes to aspire to achieving results. That is what athletes owe you – a thirst for success, working hard and being enthused about getting after each day’s training session. Your coaching should extend beyond the training dojo. It should filter over in how your athletes eat, sleep, work and develop relationships. Sound too lofty? If so, go get another job. Athletes want to be coached by coaches who are at the top of their game.
So, do the following to help you get what you deserve (increased attendance, more succe$$, more fun, more opportunities to coach):
Establish the rhythm and tempo every time you coach. Like a good point guard in basketball, the coach dictates the enthusiasm, energy and intent.
Communicate the intent and the WHY behind the movements/training session. Be forceful but sensitive.
Be friendly but focused. The professional coach-athlete relationship shouldn’t get too muddled. It’s okay to be friends and hangout. When it comes time to train, you should leave no doubt about who is in charge. Treat everyone equitably.
Coach what you’ve done. If you are physically capable, train! Follow our programming a few times a week and know what it’s like to turn yourself inside out once in awhile – this will allow you to understand the commitment it takes for your athletes to train hard week after week.
Be gracious. Acknowledge an athlete when they move well, hit a PR, show positive energy, help another athlete or simply show up on a regular basis. Your athletes are the ones who keep the lights on so be nice and let them know you recognize what they contribute.