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 Post subject: Top skills of a quality coach
 Posted: Thu Sep 15, 2011 8:31 pm Post Number: #1 Post
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When looking for a coach,these are a few things to look for in a quality coach.

Communication
Passion
Empathy
Inspirational
Enthusiasm
Technical Knowledge
Energy
Curiosity
Commitment
Vision
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 Posted: Fri Sep 16, 2011 5:17 am Post Number: #2 Post
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Learned coaching knowledge aside, the number one thing that sets a truly high quality coach apart from one that simply "knows their stuff" is the ability to effectively express and describe the feelings of bowling rather than simply rattling off book learned terminology.

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 Posted: Fri Sep 16, 2011 8:39 pm Post Number: #3 Post
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Quadrajet wrote:
Learned coaching knowledge aside, the number one thing that sets a truly high quality coach apart from one that simply "knows their stuff" is the ability to effectively express and describe the feelings of bowling rather than simply rattling off book learned terminology.

My 2 cents.


"Express and describe feelings"
That's a great one!

I might add -
Knowing what to change and what to leave alone for each individual.
Knowing if and when the time has arrived to make a change for that same individual.
Recognition of cause and affect and distinguishing between style and flaw.

"rattling off book learned terminology" is like having a strong arm, it does not make a great quarterback.

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 Posted: Sat Sep 17, 2011 3:47 am Post Number: #4 Post
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 Posted: Sun Sep 18, 2011 7:51 am Post Number: #5 Post
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Even if I never experienced it I would imagine, that it would be a great help if the coach were able to build your game upon your personal style instead of forcing his style onto you.

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 Posted: Sun Sep 18, 2011 11:31 pm Post Number: #6 Post
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Even if I never experienced it I would imagine, that it would be a great help if the coach were able to build your game upon your personal style instead of forcing his style onto you.


Fruitfly, it's interesting that you mention that because that is something that is talked about on the Ron Hoppe Podcast over at www.above180.com

Of course, the style has to result in success. :)

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 Posted: Mon Sep 19, 2011 1:37 am Post Number: #7 Post
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What a great list as well as the additions.

If i may add one: COMPASSION

Anyone that has ever worked with children that have a disability would have to agree with this. And this is from oersonal experience.

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 Posted: Fri Sep 30, 2011 6:37 am Post Number: #8 Post
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Even if I never experienced it I would imagine, that it would be a great help if the coach were able to build your game upon your personal style instead of forcing his style onto you.

I must agree with you on that point.
Last few weeks i've been struggling with picking up my 7 pin spares (lefty).
After the league tuesday i decided to throw 3 games with my wife to get some practice on the 7's.
Local coach comes over and spends 5 games trying to change everything about me!!
I left a 10 pin and said i was going to throw at the 7 pin, he told me to go for the 10 pin!
As it turned out, i get 2 shots at 7 pins in 5 games....total waste of my time and money!
After 1 game my wife got fed up and left me to play her last 2 games.
I'm averaging 230 and 238 in two leagues so i'm happy doing everything wrong and don't want him forcing me to change to a textbook style.
I was always told to do what comes naturally and that's the way i'll stay!!
Apparently i wander 10 boards left on my approach, i don't push the ball with my first step, i don't "stand tall", or straight, don't hold the ball high enough, or out to the side enough, my arm isn't relaxed in the stance,my slide foot turns in instead of going straight,
basically, everything is wrong but i can still score.
Coaches are great if you want one, if you don't ,they should stay away!


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 Posted: Sat Oct 01, 2011 3:57 am Post Number: #9 Post
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"Local coach comes over and spends 5 games trying to change everything about me!!'..nothing wrong with explaining to the local coach that you don't care for unsolicited bowling advice.


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 Posted: Sat Oct 01, 2011 6:04 am Post Number: #10 Post
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But we British are too polite to tell people to **** off....lol
I was o.k with it to start with, thinking he was going to help me with that damn 7 pin.


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 Posted: Sat Oct 01, 2011 3:52 pm Post Number: #11 Post
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Professional coaches do not:

FruitFly wrote:
forcing his style onto you.


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unsolicited bowling advice


Professional coaches do:

coolerman wrote:
things to look for in a quality coach.

Communication
Passion
Empathy
Inspirational
Enthusiasm
Technical Knowledge
Energy
Curiosity
Commitment
Vision
Creativity


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Even if I never experienced it I would imagine, that it would be a great help if the coach were able to build your game upon your personal style instead of forcing his style onto you. /quote]

Pete wrote:
Coaches are great if you want one, if you don't ,they should stay away!


Good intentions do not make one a professional. There is a huge difference in the offering of services and the offering of unsolicated advice. Bowling has, unfortunately, too many pedestrians on every level. It is an issue the BPAA, PBA, IBPSIA, and USBC/Coaching need to address.

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 Posted: Sun Oct 02, 2011 5:11 pm Post Number: #12 Post
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Coaches should be able to Identify blind spots that may be holding the performer back.

A coach should reinforce key values, principles, and behaviors that improve performance.

A coach must provide encouragement after setbacks and failures.

They should understand and motivate players.

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FruitFly wrote:
Even if I never experienced it I would imagine, that it would be a great help if the coach were able to build your game upon your personal style instead of forcing his style onto you.

At my bronze class we talked about this as "coaching flexibility" which tied hand-in-hand with a "developing the athlete" coaching philosophy.

Very important!

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 Posted: Wed Oct 12, 2011 5:03 pm Post Number: #14 Post
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A quality coach:Expands their knowledge.They seek out the experts.Knowledge
is a two way street.
A quality coach:Applies themselves to the task of learning.Knowledge is key.
A quality coach never settles for mediocrity.
A quality coach:Learns from their mistakes.Even better coaches learn from the mistakes
of others.
A quality coach:Places the athletes long term health above all other goals.
A quality coach:Knows that no two athletes are alike.Deal with their games differently.
A quality coach:Uses technology as a accelerator and not the main tool in learning.
A quality coach:Maintains and demands quality day in and day out.
A quality coach:Don't try to construct robots.They are careful to not loose the athletes
natural game.

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 Posted: Fri Nov 18, 2011 8:23 pm Post Number: #15 Post
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Great coaches USE THEIR ATHLETES’ MISTAKES AND FAILURES AS VALUABLE TEACHING OPPORTUNITIES .
The best coaches teach that failure is feedback and feedback is what helps build champions.

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 Posted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 4:28 pm Post Number: #16 Post
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Coaches spend most of their time using their preferred coaching style. Sometimes this style works well for them. Sometimes it doesn't. Knowing what your coaching style is and being able to change it, is critical in order to appeal to the different types of athletes that you coach. Using a style that is incompatible with your athlete's needs will result in you becoming frustrated that the athlete is not making changes and it will also result in the athlete becoming frustrated that they are not being coached effectively. And most times
quitting.

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 Posted: Fri Nov 25, 2011 7:24 am Post Number: #17 Post
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coolerman wrote:
Knowing what [one's] coaching style is and being able to change it, is critical in order to appeal to the different types of athletes that you coach


I modify the quote for clarification/communication purposes.

Coolerman is very asute and correct from a functional and methodological perspective. It is why the GREAT instructors/coaches are cross trained in teaching methodologies and content awareness. They are not boxed in to a fixed perspective. Not only are the GREAT instructors/coaches crossed trained in teaching content and methods, they are cross trained in other discplines as well. For example, GREAT teachers have a working knowledge of sports psychology, lane maintence, marketing, center operations, pro shop knowledge, business principles, etc. Thus the GREAT teachers can work with the 105 average "little old lady", the 175 average bowler, the 215 average ego and the 225 average player.

I am especially open to any comments from kajmk and Jim M on this topic and the position stated by coolerman and myself.

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 Posted: Thu Dec 01, 2011 10:06 pm Post Number: #18 Post
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Qualities that distinguished the great from the very good are:

They cared deeply about people.
They had incredibly high personal standards and ambitions.
They had a high level of self-knowledge.


Expert coaches work on themselves unceasingly. They are open to new ideas and philosophies. They study coaching seriously and take coaching seriously. They care about the person across from them.

That's what it's all about anyhow, isn't it? Helping people?

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 Posted: Tue Dec 06, 2011 9:53 pm Post Number: #19 Post
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Quality coaches know how to get their messages across.What you say as a coach,good or bad
becomes a message your student receives,interprets,and responds to mentally.Most will have these
messages etched in their minds.
Coaches do influence players' performance,for better or worse.The nature and the style of the
delivery of the message and how and when the words are spoken helps determine how the athlete
takes the message.
The athletes usually view their coaches as leaders/teacher/mentors.The athletes respond to the way coaches use the power of words.The responses of the message affect the team chemistry,daily
practices,and each individual athletes attitude.So quality coaches know how to use words correctly.and
when to use those words.

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 Posted: Thu Dec 15, 2011 8:43 pm Post Number: #20 Post
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All great observations. One more thing that has helped me from the many helpful individuals on this forum is A good coach should , in my opinion, and foremost, make sure the student is properly fitted into his equipment in regards to span pitch and weight. I was wrongly measured by an "old school" driller, coach and proceeded to acquire severe MF pain. After discussing with the people on this site, my pain is gone, consequently , I am back bowling as before, pain free and also helping with the problems acquired from being STRETCHED in the ball, rotation issues, tilt issues, just all around problems. So, fit is of utmost importance to me. Have a great Christmas everyone.


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