Why is it that some people absolutely love playing squash, while others don’t? It all comes down to choosing the right coach or playing partner.
Coaches have long been recognised as having an influence on whether people keep up, or give up playing sport. Achieving the long-term behaviour change necessary to fall in love with squash requires the conversion of extrinsic motivation to intrinsic motivation. This is where a skilled coach / playing partner knows how to make this happen.
Having someone bark orders and yell at you is an unpleasant experience and it creates more external pressure. While this can stimulate an immediate response, this type of motivation won’t last forever and it can be detrimental to creating long-term change. You are therefore more likely to fall in love with squash if you steer clear of this type of coach / playing partner.
Instead here’s what to look for, someone who:
This coaching approach (How to Coach) is central to our Coach Development Framework and helps achieve motivation that is self-determined – meaning you will ‘choose to play’ rather than feel like you ‘have to play’.
Find out more about coaching here.