Things I like in a coach:
- being really directive, confident, and self-assured (but not a dick, obvs)
- making me sometimes do push ups (I like push ups)
- running intense sessions that involve a lot of moving and a lot of sweat
- telling me exactly what they expect from a drill or skill and when I do it right.
(I don't like being told I'm doing it wrong; I'll assume it's wrong until told otherwise).
It took me awhile to be able to really understand why I liked some training sessions better than others and why some frustrated me more than others. And it pretty much boils down to those things up there ^ ^ ^.
When I started coaching, guess how I coached...
Well... I was really directive and a bit bolshy.
Annnnd I dished out loads of push ups.
Annnnnnnd I didn't stand for a lot of dithering about and pushed people constantly.
Annnnnnnnnnd I explained things quite specifically and gave lots of feedback.
So, I pretty much ran sessions the way I would love them if I were skating. Which makes sense to a point... like when you go to someone's house, your mum always says to behave like you would like them to behave in your home (i.e no swinging from the chandeliers).
It didn't take too terribly long to figure out that not everyone likes to be coached the way I do... not everyone likes push ups (*wtaf?*) and some people don't want me to drone on about weight distribution, they want to go and distribute their weight without me.
What's taking a bit longer is figuring out how to still be me, but a me that supports everyone, not just the people just like me.
I'm a work in progress. But aren't we all?
What do you like in a coach?