Getting the most out of Coaching

1-Balance LogoAre lesson plans worth the effort? Do they result in a better lesson and better learned out comes for our athletes.

If you are forced to do a lesson plan you may resent the time it takes to for fill a job requirement. But, lesson plans that are the detailed part of a whole program ensure that you as a coach reach your athletes goals and are able to repeat your results. Writing out detailed lesson plans will free up that critical time and brain capacity during your coach athlete contact period.

 By having a record of what you have aimed to teach and then review of what you have taught along with the results of your athletes. This provides the data that allows you and other to replicate your program and the results that you have achieved. You will be able to repeat the good results and ditch or modify the program to remove results you did not want.

Programs are written with good intentions but only results count. Only if you have the program, and the review along with the results can you tell if the program is worth the paper it is written on.

So what is needed for a good lesson plan? A good lesson plan should be able to be understood by anyone. A lesson plan broken into parts makes it easier to read.

  • ·         Lesson in brief (easy review of the lesson)
  • ·         Lesson in detail (so that any qualified coach can teach the program)
  • ·         Appendix or reference system for maximum detail (so that anyone can understand what is being taught) this is good for a teaching new coaches and passing on a club or coach methodology.

A lesson plan over view in brief will ensure that a highly qualified and experienced coach can quickly get a feel for the program to be taught that session. The more detailed version for a coach that is qualified in the sport can understand what is to be taught is the way to go. What I like to then have is an appendix that would allow even a complete novice coach read it and understands what and how to teach the program. This no dough sounds like a lot of work but the end result is valuable even to you.

If you are just starting out you have left no stone unturned and will be able to reference you r work again and again. If you are expanding your coaching staff you have a style that can be read understood and taught the way you want it to be taught. You will develop the culture that you are looking for. This should also help with the syndrome that I have seen all too often where parents will only have their child or athlete taught by you. You only have limited time and this expands your potential to teach more and more student in your methodology. If you have new trainee coaches you can work on their coaching style knowing that the content of the lesson is going to be taught. It is worth the effort.

Even better than all of this it frees up your time to take care of other events, training processes etc.

Lesson plans should be review after each use to ensure that they are still current and the results needed from the lessons that have been planed are being achieved. So spend a little time reviewing your lesson plans. Have your coaches review the plans and make the changes so that next time you use them they are even better.


Date:     Group:                  Lesson no:          Reference:         Coach/es:

Lesson Objectives:

Lesson in brief:

Warm-up activity:

Equipment required and layout:

Circuits and Activities/Apparatus:

Comments/Things to improve/New ideas:

Where have I come from?: Where am I going to?:


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