Complicated versus complex - where does 'coaching' sit?

It's been said that firing a rocket into the air is complicated, but bringing up a new-born is complex.

Complex is where coaching sits because we are dealing with human beings.  It's what makes the job fascinating, infuriating, challenging and rewarding all at the same time.

There is no 'one size fits all' solution to a problem.  We all learn at different speeds, in different ways, at different times and for different motivating factors.  A singular approach will work for some students, but the skilled coach will learn to dance between authoritative and enabling coaching styles and everything in between.

Here are come coaching styles that have recently been presented to LTA Level 4 SPC candidates in a recent module on this year's course, split evenly between 'authoritative' (in italics) and 'enabling'.

Prescriptive - intention is to direct the learner

Informative - intention is to give the learner more choice

Confronting - intention is to raise learner's awareness

Catalytic - intention is to encourage learner to problem-solve for themselves

Cathartic - intention is to release feelings that are holding back a learner's progress

Supportive - intention is to affirm learner's self-worth




Halton LTA LPDC (Local Player Development Centre) Programme in action at Everyball Tennis, HaltonUK

Great detailed work going on here with lead Halton LPDC coach Christian Colvin putting players through their paces last night.

Great squad environment.  

Working within an integrated approach towards our Everyball vision for player development:

Players of the game (tactical), skill-full (technical), competitive (mental - 'personal best', 'you versus you'), and athletic (physical)

Challenge conditions to evoke desired behaviours...(video supported)

The human body self organises against the instability in the system to accomplish its goals.

Human movement is complex in that we cannot predict cause and effect and that it is characterised by non-linear behaviour:

- small changes can make huge differences

- large changes can make no difference

Take the simple example of helping a player reduce unhelpful swing on the volley.  Providing an old 'unforgiving' wooden racket whereby timing becomes more challenging encourages the player to keep the racket close to intended contact (thread the needle) and fiercely watch the ball.