6. Coach the player (not the technique!)

BadmintonandyI should have realised that I could not coach every player in the same way.

It would have saved me a lot of time, frustration and worry

Now it seems obvious, but when I started all my energy and thought went into ensuring I coached the correct technique, not into how I coached.

In my early days, it was all about

  • what I coached
  • not how I coached
  • and I certainly didn’t consider who I was coaching

If only I had taken into account the players personality, the psych social 🙂  then I’m sure we would have both benefitted

It’s not easy but my aim is to have players who feel happier, more motivated and who have trust in the process. I try hard to ensure that the process is specific to them, often without them knowing

Of course, I make mistakes and miss read their desires, their motivations, and the fact that people change (especially from 11-19)


Nowadays even if I am coaching the same technique (stroke or movement) the coaching methods I need to use will vary from player to player.  It’s hard work but very rewarding.

If you try it, you may feel like your head is spinning with ideas and choices whilst your exterior appears to be calm and in control

It’s certainly tougher to coach the player first and the technique/ skill/ tactic second

For ideas on how to coach the same thing click on the image below

6 Ways to Coach the same thing
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