Why sports coaching jobs can be so rewarding

by frank-stuart
27MAR

What is the role of a sports coach? It may seem like an easy question, but if you ask 10 coaches, you might get 10 different answers. The job of a sports coach is primarily to help athletes increase their level of performance, and assist teams in competing to a higher standard. However a sports coach is often much more than that. How often do you hear sportsmen or women talking about the lifelong impact a certain coach has had on them, not just in making them better athletes, but improving their life skills?

Sports coaching jobs can be just as rewarding in the amateur realm as they are at professional level. Whatever standard you want to coach, you will need a certain set of skills to be effective as a mentor.

Some of these skills include:

  • Knowledge: You should have an in-depth knowledge of the sport you are coaching, and a sound understanding of the rules. You don’t necessarily have had to play a sport to coach it, but it certainly helps if you possess the fundamental skills of a sport so you can demonstrate them to your players.
  • Guidance: As a coach you need to be able to get your message across. Just like school teachers, your goal is to have everyone on the same page but you will be dealing with vastly different personalities. Different athletes respond better to different methods of teaching. Being a team coach involves getting to know all players well and building a relationship with them, so you can have a deeper of understanding of what makes them tick.
  • Instruction: While not all athletes react the same to a particular coaching philosophy, the fact is that all players need to work towards a common goal to be successful. A good coach will instil a team philosophy into the players and have them believe in the philosophy. Coaches should be able to give instructions in an easy-to-understand manner so their “pupils” have the best chance of applying them.

How to get into sports coaching

So how do you get a sports coaching job? In most cases you will need to be an accredited coach in order to obtain a role as a sports coach. The Bachelor of Sports Coaching and Administration degree can get you ready for a number of sports coaching jobs. It covers modern coaching techniques, human movement, and even the administration side of coaching. Those interested in coaching children will usually also need to undergo a routine police check or working with children check.

If this seems like the type of role for you, then go for it! For the sports lover, coaching can be a richly rewarding experience, not only because you get to see athletes develop into better athletes and better people, but because you get to spend most days of the week heavily involved in something you’re passionate about. As they say, if you love your work you will never work a day in your life!

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