Phil-Osophy: Chameleon Coaching - East Coast Gold Weightlifting Team
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Phil-Osophy: Chameleon Coaching

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Phil-Osophy: Chameleon Coaching

Being both teacher and a coach I am able to see constantly how the carry-over between both is
immense. As a teacher, I am evaluated based on how well my students learn. Why should it be any
different for coaching?

We have many different cues, ideas, philosophies, etc. regarding training and coaching. Not all of them
will have the same effect.

As coaches, not only should we take pride in how well we can articulate something, but we should also
take pride in how many different ways we are able to do it! Whether we present things directly or
indirectly, the outcome is the most important part. If our athletes don’t understand or retain what we
deliver, are we doing our job?

Much like teaching, coaching requires us to be versatile in many different ways to get our points across.
This could include how was say things, how we demonstrate things, what we say, when we say it, etc..
No coaching situation is exactly the same- Be adaptable, versatile, and patient! Be a chameleon!

Phil Sabatini