The Invisible Workload of a Sport Coach (That No One Talks About)

The Invisible Workload of a Sport Coach (That No One Talks About)

Sport coaching, whether it’s a volunteer or paid role, can be one of the most rewarding experiences a person can have. It gives you the opportunity to help young athletes grow and develop their skills, while also teaching them valuable life lessons.

In any sport, the coach is responsible for helping players succeed. This may start by teaching them the skills necessary to play their sport, provide instruction for improvement and feedback on their performance, as well as developing strategies for winning. It is important for a coach to have a deep understanding of their sport, as well as the ability to motivate and inspire players.

However, Sport Coaches also have invisible workloads which often go unrecognised. From organising training sessions and games, to building player confidence, they advocate and nurture team bonding, guide parent expectations and oversee player injuries. There is a lot that goes into being a successful coach.

Often the invisible workload of a sport coach can be even more taxing than the visible work.

Let’s take a minute to appreciate some of the invisible workload, where sport coaches spend much of their time:

Emotional and psychological commitment:

A sport coach, is responsible for the development and well-being of their athletes. Not only does this include physical development and improvement, it often includes emotional and psychological support for players.

Coaches play a vital role in helping athletes deal with the challenges of competition or personal setbacks, provide support and guidance during times of stress, and help players develop coping strategies for dealing with adversity. By creating a supportive environment, coaches can help their players thrive both on and off the court.

Time commitment:

Coaches often have to devote a lot of time to their sport. This includes planning and attending training sessions, games, and meetings, as well as researching and learning new training drills.

Volunteer coaches often have to juggle with work commitments and time they could be spending with their families or personal time. Despite this, many volunteer coaches continue to give their time and effort to help out teams, often because they feel a sense of satisfaction in being able to help young athletes improve and grow.

Financial commitment:

There is many unseen costs associated with coaching. From training and accreditation, to supplying player treats or rewards, coaching equipment, skill progression or specialisation, and end of season player gifts.

While some sporting clubs or teams may allocate funds to help coaches with these expenses. Many expenses are happily paid for out of the coach’s pockets!

Physical commitment:

The role of sport coach also demands physical commitment, even during times of personal injury or illness.

A coach being present during training and on game day can have a BIG impact on the team’s confidence and performance. Also, a coach having the physical ability to complete and demonstrate skills, will have a positive impact on player technique and improvement.

Managing challenges:

Coaches face many challenges! From managing player and parent expectations, to setting the team commitment, managing fair playing time, creating a supportive environment, building trust to enable constructive feedback, teaching team spirit and the importance each player holds within a team.

Many of which can be difficult and delicate to navigate. But will help players, by providing valuable life skills or lessons.

It is important to consider and appreciate ALL responsibilities of a sport coach, including the invisible workloads which are often overlooked. Coaches are an important part of the sporting community.

Coaching is a challenging but extremely rewarding job.

Despite the challenges, seeing your players improve and reach their goals can make it all worth it. In addition, coaching can also be a way for volunteers to stay connected to their local community.

If you’re thinking about becoming a coach, know that it will require dedication and hard work. But if you’re up for the challenge, it can be one of the most rewarding experiences you’ll ever have.

A big THANK YOU to all our AMAZING Netball Coaches!!

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