I wasn’t beside her when she fell…. Should I have been? Should I have noticed if the drill was too complicated? Too intense? Not appropriate for her skill level? Was she working with people who were too skilled? Not skilled enough? I refused to coach skating for months after.
New skaters, fresh meat, newbies… all these words are applied to anyone who hasn’t passed Minimum Skills. What happens when you’re four years down the line and you’ve still not got your 27 in 5? You’re not a newbie. You’re an extremely persistent individual who for whatever myriad of reasons hasn’t passed their mins.
Guest blogger : Treble #909
It’s my belief that not only is working on your mindset something you should be doing from
the start, its also something you, as a coach, can help your skaters develop.
But coaching is already time consuming, right? Why do you need to be worrying about your
n00bs’ brains too?
Let me try and convince you.
I attended a conference last week on Physical Activity and Mental Health.
What I came away with from my day of learning wasn’t the answers to managing that skater who throws things or that one who isolates themselves or that one who only comes to training every three weeks. I didn’t learn a whole lot of new about how activity improves mental health. What I did get was space to think and listen and see the connections.