There seems to be a common misconception that it should not take very long to learn how to effectively coach the game. If it takes around ten years of effort and practice to learn how to play, why should it take any less time to coach to a high standard?
The role of a coach is a pivotal one. They have the role of engaging people in the sport for the first time, enthusing players to come back each week and developing them to be the best that they can be. They have the key function of creating and managing the playing environment so that each person’s fundamental needs are met.
A coach needs to be able to plan and create an environment that motivates, inspires and develops their players, as well as observe and analyse performance. It is clear that learning to be an effective coach, like learning to be a player, is a process that takes a lot of time, effort and practice.
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