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what skills do you need to be a coach

what skills did you have to learn to become a coach?

Hi Madison, 

I personally like this quote and feels it sums coaching up well: ‘Coaching is unlocking a person’s potential to maximise their own performance. It is helping them to learn rather than teaching them.’ – Sir John Whitmore. However, I below is a list of key skills needed to become a coach: 
- Leadership - a coach needs to be a good leader and well respected by their athletes
- Confidence - again this will help your players respect and trust you and your decisions 
- Knowledgeable - of course, it is important to know a lot about the sport and knowledge of a range of drills 
- Approachable and understanding - this will help you build your coach-athlete relationships, in turn, your players will work harder for you and enjoy your being coached by you 
- Consistency - you should be fair and consistent with all players regardless
- Good communication - for example if you need to drop a player, explain why and how they can improve - giving constructive feedback 
- Supportive - you should always be aiding their development, not only as a player but holistically as a person
- Passionate - this will definitely rub off on your athletes and will make your sessions and team more successful 

Of course there are many skills that make up a great coach and these are only a few. I think it is important coaches reflect on their own practice and continue to develop themselves, learning from different experiences and to continually better yourself.

Hope this helps. 

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