🍀 Sending all the luck in the world to our friends at @hockey_4_heroes•
Hockey is an amazing game and the sport is very fortunate to have amazing people like the ladies squad of Hockey for Heroes, who use it to make powerful changes to people’s lives who really need the help•
💰Donate here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/opendure
💭 A really insightful time at @gbhockey Coaching Conference. Our final task to reflect & present our ideas in a totally different way took us completely out of our comfort zone, and with plenty of giggling, I think myself & @szd7 managed to get our message across!•
Have a go with your coaching friends and take yourself out of your comfort zone!
💭 Contextual coaching is really important in a player’s development in order to improve those all important decision making skills•
But, is it the be all and end all of coaching?•
Can using cones and other pieces of equipment still have a place in modern day coaching?•
I think there is a place for everything! Maybe it would be good for players to be creative in a sense of trying skills that wouldn’t be used in a game, or using equipment that wouldn’t be in the middle of the pitch to work around•
Surely that’ll help the development of coordination, feel of the ball and working to the edge of being in control? •
🗣Share your thoughts below!
🧠Constraints led coaching is a perfect way of getting lots of context into your sessions•
It looks to provide different experiences for players for them to learn from and take into competitive game play•
💭How can it be implemented? Constraints are essentially rules or methods of scoring within a game which promote a particular area the group are trying to work on. To set up an activity within a constraints led session, we need to be sure of the session aim and reflect back on our planning to make sure our constraints do provide the chance to work on that particular aim•
An example could be, if you are looking to improve height within a team, that they must have a player close to the baseline when a goal is scored. Or, the amount of people inside the circle when a goal is scored, is the amount of points they get•
Constraints led coaching allows us to be super creative as a coach, but be careful not to over constrain the game! It still needs to be similar to real life competition! 🏑
💭 Haven’t done one of these for a little while, but when else is best to reflect other than with a cuppa on a Sunday evening•
Watched some exciting U14 Hockey at the Home Counties finals today, which gave me a great chance to watch others work their trade of coaching•
Key messages I took from the day included helping young players understand that they cannot control everything in the game, but to take control of the things they can, like running, marking & doing their role to the best of their ability•
The second, as a coach, we need to practice what we preach. Not skill wise, but with what we say. It’s no good to tell the team you want them to enjoy the game, yet as soon as the game starts, you bark instructions at them for the full game, dictating and commanding their every move. If you were in their shoes, would you find it fun?•
🗣Keep sharing your thoughts with us! It’s great to hear your reflections!
🗞 In the news today was the announcement that @arsenal’s Arsene Wenger is to leave at the end of the season after 22 years of being the manager of Arsenal •
As an Arsenal fan, there has been some times of frustration in the past few seasons, but being a coach, I understand that teams take time to develop core values which everyone needs to buy into in order to be successful•
However, football is a sport that I think needs to remember that team cohesion does take time and the success that Wenger has had in the past demonstrated this process being a success!• I hope Arsenal don’t fall into the trap of recruiting a new manger and expecting results immediately & let them settle and establish coach and team cohesion! ⚽️
🏑 It has been great to see the England squads, and the Home Nations for that matter, do so well at the @gc2018 Commonwealth Games •
We all know that tournament hockey can be pretty tough. From U11 teams through to senior teams, being able to bounce back from tough results is something that successful teams are able do. It’s our job as coaches to try and guide our players through those tough times and create a healthy environment where mistakes are learnt from, and not punished•
@gbhockey are at the forefront of providing coach education to support coaches in their journey to building that learning environment, and you can tell that with the performances that have been put on by the Home Nations•
🍀 Good luck 🏴🏴🏴in the last few days of the tournament!
💭One of my favourite things, and the best ways to learn (in my opinion!) is to meet up with fellow coaches over a coffee (or tea!) and have a good chinwag about everything from club politics through to session design to what happened in the game last weekend•
☕️ It is such a good way to share ideas and talk through resolutions of problems you may be facing, or just to gain a different perspective.•
Chatting with other coaches is something I don’t think is done enough. Coaching is just as competitive as the sports we coach, and all too often I think coaches keep their cards close to their chest with how they operate. We could become much better coaches by sharing and gaining different perspectives. Our players will only benefit from trying new ideas and sharing can help support the consistency between multiple coaches that a player might see! •
Have a think, how much of your coaching do you share? 🧠
🏑 The @eurohockey was amazing yesterday & @hcrotterdam were excellent hosts. The support the clubs get at these events really is something else & the standard of hockey is outrageous! Definitely worth a visit if you haven’t been already 🇳🇱🏑
We’ve completed our own reflections, got our alternative perspective reflections, created our SMART goals and set out some non negotiable behaviours of you or your group to help you on you way to achieving your goal•
Now comes the planning. Here we want to set out a guideline of behaviours or processes which you can implement to become habit within your sessions (or daily life) which will help you on your way to achieving your goals•
This could be anything from implementing a different warm up protocol through to adapting your delivery methods to try and bring about change•
This planning phase to adapt things you currently do will help you have more thought about why/how/what you are doing to achieve the goals you have in mind. Armed with this plan, and the knowledge from step 1️⃣, 2️⃣, 3️⃣ and 4️⃣, we can be successfully on our way to achieving new and wonderful things. Just be ready to take on the journey! It’ll be a bumpy one, but refer back to these points at any time in the year to get you back on your way•
Let us know how you get on using our 5️⃣ steps to creating new goals. We’d love to hear them!• Good luck! 🍀
Now you have a good idea of what your goals look like & why they look like that. From this, we need to come up with a series of “rules” or “non negotiables” which you and your team are going to have in place to ensure that you stay on track to achieving your new goals•
This process must be an open, honest and frank one, where players and colleagues can speak their minds on what they think will help achieve the goal in mind. Following this, set out 3-5 items which you and your team will not let slide. These could be anything from punctuality to leaving work at the door of training (no moaning!)•
Everyone MUST agree on those non negotiables. Even having one person that doesn’t buy into what the rest of the team is doing can have a toxic effect on the rest of the group, and therefore achieving the goal. So make sure you have contacts/autograph bubbles where members of the team will make their commitment•
With this, it’s important to make sure your team hold you ACCOUNTABLE. Failure to do so will result in the core “rules” and values of the team being diminished and therefore, obstructing the progress of achieving the goal.•
Be sure to have total buy in to achieving the goal by all coaches, players, parents and support staff, so everyone knows the expectations and process of how the goal will be achieved. If you can’t get to that point, revisit step 1️⃣,2️⃣ and 3️⃣ with your team and work towards that one goal!
Step 5️⃣ coming tomorrow!
So you’ve got yours and your team’s reflections, now you need to do something with them!🔎•
To set your goals/targets for next year, based on your defining moments this year, you need to make sure they follow this SMART acronym. This will make sure that your goals aren’t too far fetched & that they stay relevant throughout your year•
Use your reflections to make sure your goal is specific to the defining moments you’ve experienced, and making sure you do, or don’t, get to that point again next year•
Be sure to set landmarks to tick off at the year goes on ✅ this will make sure you stay focused on your goal for the year, but also ensures that your progress is measured against something. Make sure your overall goal is also something you can measure against!•
Achievable & realistic are similar, but essentially you need to make sure that your goal is able to be achieved for you & your capabilities, also that the goal is suitable in terms of the tools you may have to achieve that goal. Having a goal that is far fetched with no real path to achieving it can leave you feeling lost•
Time ⏰ means you need to have a date or some kind of time constraint to achieve your goal in. Again, make this a point which is realistic for you to achieve this goal in. If your goal is a little more long term, then make sure you have some smaller goals along the way to keep you on track!•
Good luck! 🍀 Step 4️⃣ coming tomorrow!
Step number 2️⃣• We’ve covered a lot of self reflection 🔎 but we also need to consider where our point of view is coming from. Often, we are so engaged and involved in the squads or individuals we work with, but we don’t take the time to step back and have a “helicopter” view 🚁 Be sure to take a moment or two after competing step 1️⃣ to think about the bigger picture of the place you are trying to get to 📷•
To help with your helicopter view, be sure to get feedback & reflections from your colleagues, teams and athletes you work with. They will have a different perspective to you, and will be able to provide a different set of reflections on your defining moments from the season! •
Step 3️⃣ coming tomorrow!
Step number 1️⃣ •
You may or may not have set goals at the start of the season, but either way you can review what has happened. If you have set goals, you can refer back to them, and the criteria you set around them to progress towards those goals to see if they were actually achieved, and how they were achieved. It’s good to take a note pad and pen at this point and scribble it all down 📝•
If you DIDN’T set any goals, never mind! Write down a few key moments for you that defined the season for you. Why were they defining moments? What happened for you or your team to get to that particular point? If they are positive moments - great! 👍🏼Reflect on why they were positive & the process of getting to that positive moment. If they weren’t so positive 👎🏼 then also great! We can use these as starting points for setting our new goals for next season. Make sure you know why & how that point became something you don’t want to experience again, and you’ll find it easier to set some goals to progress onwards from that defining moment. •
Don’t forget to scribble all this down in a notepad & save it for when you come to this point next year! 📝 Step 2️⃣ coming tomorrow!
💭 With the hockey season coming to a close, our thoughts for many of us, turn to reflecting on the season we’ve just had. It will also turn to how we can make changes, develop our programmes and our sessions to work towards some new goals for next season. You may have found that your goals for this year were too hard to achieve, or too easy. 🔎 Over the next 5 days, I am going to share my 5 steps of goal setting and reviewing to get a head start on your next season & have a set of realistic & achievable goals for you and your team 🎉
💭Cast your votes on my story now! I know I would find it easier to reflect effectively, continue developing my growth mindset and using something to track my development as a coach. 🗣 DM me why you do (or don’t!) think this is a good idea!
🏑 My U12 team had a tough day at the office yesterday, with some some tough defeats, yet an incredibly positive win at a local tournament. My reflections are based on their attitude and application to the games, rather than their technical and tactical performances, as they were definitely on a similar level to the opposition. But, what they lacked, was support and encouragement to each other and a desire to be competitive in every game. Often writing themselves off before the game had even started. My reflections are just the start of a long process of trying to promote a change in this culture, which will be challenging! 🗣 Have you ever experienced anything similar in your coaching? If so, how did you try and change things? Share below!
✏️ How do you get the most out of your planning time? Are you excellent at planning your sessions without fail? Or are you one of those that has it all in here? 🧠 I am terrible at planning! I find it so hard to sit down and find inspiration for engaging sessions, but find that when I’m out coaching, ideas pop in and out of my head all session! 💡📒I’m desperate to find a little notebook specifically for coaches with prompts for inspiration within my sessions. Is this something you would use? 🗣 Let me know your thoughts!