Coaching Tip No.15

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Sometimes NOT coaching is best! At various points during a ‘season’ most coaches will have to contest with participants/players of any age losing focus, becoming stale, losing their ‘edge’ or simply not wanting to ‘train’ or play. Known as ‘overtraining syndrome’, it can have a devastating effect on individual performance if it is not recognised and managed correctly. This is equally true for teams.

In my experience it is the insecure, ‘coach centred’, or over enthusiastic coach who fails to recognise the symptoms and respond accordingly. From a team point of view one of the simplest things you can do to help keep players fresh is NOT to ‘coach’ them! Give them a day-off, engage them in something completely different, change the routine, introduce new activities, change the nature of the ‘challenge’, give time out/off and allow adequate recovery time. ‘A change is as good as a rest’; and sometimes doing less means giving more!!