It is clear that coach centered instructing (i.e. telling an athlete what to do) is not the most effective way to support learning and development for athletes. Coaches often report repeating the same things over and over to athletes; and when under the pressure of competition, the athletes revert to old habits. Training sessions are frequently focused primarily on the knowledge of the coach. This method of coaching stifles the athlete’s own potential, thinking, decision making and creativity; limiting the athlete to the extent of the imagination and experience of the coach.
Using these training methods creates an ATHLETE CENTERED coaching approach. This is a philosophy to unleash the potential of athletes through a style of coaching that promotes learning through ownership, awareness and responsibility. Coaches using this philosophy ask questions as opposed to giving instructions. This allows the athlete to choose to be aware of; take responsibility for; and oversee ownership of opportunities. An Athlete Centered Coaching Approach is founded upon evidence that people are best at finding their own way, which leads to higher levels of performance.metasports
Reality based learning is an approach to teaching. It is grounded in research on how young children develop and learn motor skills; and in what is known about effective early education. Its framework is designed to promote young children’s optimal learning and development and most importantly, a LOVE of the game.