Lesson 1, Topic 1
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Coach based

What are the roles of a coach ?

  • Teacher
  • Trainer
  • Instructor / Mentor
  • Role Model
  • Motivator
  • Disciplinarian
  • ManagerAdministrator
  • Social Worker
  • Leader
  • Friend
  • Scientist
  • Student.

What are the main points of the Code of Ethics for Coaches?

Respect of

  • Athletes
  • Coaches
  • Officials
  • Rules.

The essential role of the coach

  • help the development of athletes to reach their full athletic potential.
  • A long term approach should be considered for all athletes before short term dates are set for athletics competitions.

To become a better coach it is necessary to:

  • question yourself about your coaching continuously
  • learn (Life Long Learning)
  • be impartial
  • respect your athletes
  • communicate with your athletes.

Coaching and Leadership style comes from:

  • Your Coaching Philosophy
  • Your Personality
  • Your Skill as a Coach.

Coaching styles


  • heavy on command and instruction
  • Coach led coach centered coach makes all decisions
  • Useful with a large group where safety is paramount or time is short


  • emphasis on demonstration, this is how to do it
  • Coach led. coach and athlete-centered. coach invites questions and ideas but then makes the decisions
  • Useful with practical skills, with novices and younger athletes


  • uses self-discovery and questioning to raise awareness
  • Athlete – led, athlete-centered, the coach uses questions to raise awareness, the athlete makes decisions
  • Use whenever possible maximizes learning and retention of what is learned

There are three basic models for the coach-athlete relationship:

  • The Escort System
  • The Partnership System
  • The Transfer System

Which ever is used must be the ‘right fit’ for the coach and athlete.