Training or Coaching? By Vern Gambetta
Are you training your athletes or coaching your athletes? There is a clear distinction. Unfortunately today I see much more training than coaching. In another post I plan to address the reasons, meanwhile here are some distinctions between coaching and training as I see them:
Training – focused on the result. Just get it done. Coaching – Focused on the process, how it is done, making sure it is repeatable. Training – Self centered, all about the trainer, the athlete can’t do it without the trainer. Coaching – All about empowering and teaching the athlete. Creating self-sufficiency rather than dependence.
Trainer – Has all the answers. Coaching – Always gathering data from the training, fine-tuning and learning.
Training – Lots of screaming and yelling, "motivating.” Coaching – Purposeful, meaningful feedback and cue’s, communicating and teaching.
Training – Focused on equipment, needs machines and apparatus to train. Coaching- Focused on the athlete and the sport they are preparing for and coach accordingly. Use what is needed and necessary, not bells and whistles.
Training – Scattered, all over the place. Coaching – Focused on the task at hand. No cell phone!
Training – Follows the latest fads, listens to gurus. Coaching – Knows best practice and follows it. Stands on the shoulders of giants. Has a mentor.
I think this gives you the idea. Which are you? Look at yourself and look at your colleagues, if you are a trainer, become a coach. Coaching is much more satisfying and rewarding.
Author: Gina Gutierrez Paul, General Manager