One of the major roles of Glucose Club is coaching, mentoring and counseling and there are different levels to it of each and every aspect and prospect but personally asked if to why I coach when athletes or any sports person train or introduced into new skills they will progress through different three phases of learning namely early, intermediate and late.
While there is no distinct break between each phase, there comes the job of a coach who can recognize those certain characteristics and work on it, providing appropriate instructions, practices, assistances and encouragement and push an individual to move ahead and strive for the best. These phases exist in every athletes or individuals or spots person’s life, irrespective of the age, gender and some will overcome these attributes with different time period and progress may vary quickly or slowly than others.
Skills may be classified into many different ways, but perhaps the most practical classification is based on the predictability of the sporting environment. Skills performed in a subtle and predictable environment are termed as CLOSED SKILLS, THESE HAVE FEW signals coming from the external environment. The athlete has to develop movement patterns and practice them over and over again to reach the perfection point of that skill and master it.
Skills on the other hand coming or induced from ever changing environment a constantly changing environment, makes the athlete or the sportsperson to adapt and expertise themselves under those ever changing conditions, and adjust themselves to those ever changing external factors and adjust their movements to suit those changes. Coaching technique thus depends on the skills depending upon whether its open or closed open skills such as hockey, catching etc on the contrary closed skills such as swimming, bowling, gymnastics etc.
The early stages of learning…
Firstly the learner will attempt to get an idea of the skill to be learnt, the athlete tries to form or plan a model of what to do and will carry on to put the sequence of the skill in its correct order. It’s here the role of a coach comes that good performers the role models should be used as demonstrations, as the beginners especially the children does not know what to look for precisely and are very good at copying those skills, there comes the role of a coach where intervention is very much required to direct and redirect the path of those beginners who are ready to copy the role models every bit even including very minute details could range from their costume to diet or what is their favourite fruit without even knowing what suits them personally. The young tennis player adopting to two handed backhand from watching a match on TV provides enough testimony to this principle.