Excerpted from the Coaching Association of Canada Coaching Resources
6 Ways to Deal with Concerns about Your Coaching Conduct
A concern about coaching conduct should not be interpreted as a criticism of you as a person. Rather, it is an opportunity to learn, reflect, and improve as a coach! What matters is how you receive the feedback and incorporate any lessons learned into your coaching practices. With that in mind, what do you do if another person expresses concerns about your coaching conduct?
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How do you handle criticism about your own coaching?
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Martin Cavanagh ChPc – Curling – Montreal – 20+ years
“…in addition to these 6 great tips on dealing with coaching
conduct, and perhaps a subsection of all of them is “Coaching Style”. Your
coaching style is the manner, method or pathway that a coach uses to empower
their intended recipient(s). This is not a “one style fits all” philosophy, as
not everyone shares the same learning or skill acquisition system. A coach
requires intuition, diverse communications and critical thinking to know if
they have chosen the proper style for their audience. Conflicts, concerns or
criticism may be mitigated if you appropriately use these 3 coaching styles
towards your coaching success.
A successful Coach will know what, when, where, why, how and
with whom use these styles, or a “Blended Approach” selecting the best style at
any given opportunity to reach out and empower!”
Pam Coburn – Equestrian – Richmond Hill – 10 years
“…Understand that people learn in different ways. From
adults to children, and across cultures your goal as a coach is to help your athlete
learn and progress – whatever their goals are. If it’s not working for the
athlete, you have an opportunity to learn and grow as a coach.
I heard a while ago a quote about successful Olympic Athletes – that one of the strongest common attributes was optimism. For me, this translates into turning challenges into opportunities to learn and grow.”
Darren Thompson – Ringette – Waterloo – 1 year
“…I try to listen to the person (player/parent) and provide them feedback on why I acted how I did or why we were instructed as we were.”
Lynne Jobe – Multi-Sport – Calgary
“…One tip that works in coaching and in many settings is to
think of the criticism as “purposeful” rather than “personal”. With this
approach, the emotion subsides and it’s easier to use the opportunity as a
Many parents that comment is seeking understanding so provide the background LTAD related info (or other) to help them to support your coaching philosophy.”
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