YOUR SPORTING CAREER
At your Elite
level of participation in your Sport, you rely on your Coach to teach you
how to succeed. Unfortunately your Coach has not had the time to study the
Structure of your Sport, so I have detailed that Structure and the Form in
Week 6 with the Role of the Coach and the Training Wheel.
I am today including a Graph that clearly indicates that you are only
taught about 60% of your Sport. Your Coach simply does not have the time
to study all of these requirements, but has access to this site to ask and
receive Answers to these Questions regarding these Training Programs.
click here for Graph
The areas that are not taught are detailed below, so that YOU can access
what knowledge if any you have of these areas of your Sport, and what
benefits if any there will be to your improvement, if you include them in
The very first item is the Philosophy of Coaching. If your Coach
does not have the correct Philosophy, then you are not going to achieve
your full potential. A Philosophy is a set of Values and Beliefs, which
are all inclusive in a Program. The Philosophy of Shaun Moxham as he told
to me, is that the Health, Welfare and Benefit of the pupil is of
Paramount importance above all else. Winning does not even enter the
equation. Winning will follow if you accept Shaun’s Philosophy. A
Philosophy is also how you act, not what you say that you will do.
David Palmer has had a very serious setback to his career. He has been out
of action for three months unable to even train. Shaun has told me that he
will “Err on the side of caution” getting David back on track, because
that is his Philosophy. The Health Welfare and Benefit of David are the
all important Values and Beliefs of Shaun, and here he is carrying out
The Stress of Change is two on the list, and David’s present
position is a typical example of this Change. The Questions from the
Players on the Site also are excellent examples of the Stress that Change
is going to cause to these players trying to elevate their rankings. They
have numerous problems in deciding how much time they can spare on
training, while still coaching to survive. It is all relevant.
Three on the list is Psychological Profiling. Shaun uses the Myer
Briggs, while I favour the McQuaig Word Survey. It is simply one more tool
in the Tool Box that is missing from the Coaches Training Program. We must
have a Psychological Profile to be able to know the pupil and learn how to
communicate with that pupil, or it is a waste of time. Remember that we
are referring to Elite Athletes here, not beginners receiving lessons.
Psychology is concerned with behaviour, how we think, feel and perform
because you cannot separate the Mind from the Body. Every thought that we
have directly affects the way we feel about ourselves which in turn
affects what we want to do. The recent requests from professionals on the
PSA Circuit, clearly indicates that they do not understand their
Psychological Profile, and why they are reluctant to Change.
Four is Understanding the Requirements of your Sport. Test
yourselves. Do you understand the Requirements of your Sport? I would be
amazed if you did, because I had no idea until I was forced back to
University to do four subjects, even then I continued to make mistakes
until I had the experience to get it right.
I will not continue here with the other 19 items but you can get the
general idea of your lack of training requirements from the complete list
Performance results, successful or otherwise, just do not happen.
The way that you act, think, and change determines the result. Thinking
about winning or improving by taking full advantage of a new program,
creates within you a feeling of desire, energy and enthusiasm. Success
comes from taking FULL advantage of an opportunity. You now have this
opportunity, so it is up to you to decide whether to grab it with both
hands, and to improve. Yesterday’s future is obsolete today.
Performance Outcome enables you to plan in advance the result of a
match. Your all important “Cue” words, trigger off the automatic processes
which are ingrained in your sub conscious through Repetition of
Affirmation Statements. You constantly re-affirm your positive thoughts,
and that produces the Change in your Thinking and in your results. You may
be 150 in the Rankings playing someone who is in the top 10. You set
yourself a specific Performance Outcome, to do something, and you achieve
that Goal. You cannot expect to win this miss match, but you can learn
The complete list of 23 items is as follows.
Check them out. Are they in YOUR program?
the Requirements of the Sport. What are they?
Input of the
Athlete. Does the Athlete have any Input? If not, why not?
covers an enormous amount of decision.
Training Program. Is your program any different from your opposition? Is
Communication. Are you taught how to communicate with and get the
and Evaluation. Incredibly important.
Skills. Refer to Week 9, and I guarantee that you have not set your
Goals. Do so.
Enjoyment of Training. You need to change to rediscover this enjoyment.
Skills. Another Mental Training Program
Management. All about Peace of Mind. Shifting Accusations. Understanding
Management. This is where many of you are failing badly.
Transformative Leadership. Needs to be studied in a Team situation.
Competition. You are getting this now, but were not prepared for it.
Technology. The use of all modern equipment, probably only available to
After each match assess measure and evaluate your results with the
problem for everyone. Your career is an investment, not an expense.
Administrators. This definitely affects your Training.
Autocratic/Democratic Rule. Each has a role to play at the correct time.
For Teams it is very important.
A JOURNEY OF ENORMOUS
BEGINS WITH JUST ONE SMALL STEP
A JOURNEY OF
ENORMOUS IMPORTANCE BEGINS WITH JUST ONE SMALL STEP
Coming in week 11:
Change to your training program