Legend: Each has his own recipe for winning in training, if the recipe can vary, the ingredients remain basic and essential to any coup success; coach / coach. photo credit: d
Sometimes rude but always appropriate, Quimper tennis player Erwan Thomas (by the way professor of literature), sends to the ropes all those with an imperfect knowledge of their sport. “It is difficult to present one quality, but the basis of a sports coach is the encyclopedic knowledge of his sport (history of the game, technical and strategic developments).”
Interesting ! This means that the ideal tennis coach could not ignore that at Wimbledon (1980) after the famous tiebreak in which he won 18 to 16, McEnroe pushed Borg in the fifth set. Let’s say: the ideal coach would have to master his subject first.
Once the basics are laid, our interlocutors often highlight a trait on the verge of extinction: the ability to listen. From “Before calling and transmitting, you have to observe, listen, and allow yourself”says Jean-Pierre Nedelek, Quimper athletics coach.
Note confirmed by international fencer Cecilia Birder. “The main advantage of the coach is the quality of listening to adapt and understand the needs of the athletes. Good listening brings benevolence, trust and solidity into the joint venture, which are essential elements in building a sports enterprise.” Lorient Trochtetet, former coach of Quimper Volley 29, turned athletics coach agrees with them. “You have to understand who you support, how it works, and its values to find the right leverage to motivate and progress. I’m not one of those coaches who sticks to the way that has worked for their players, I really better understand who I’m coaching.” Sandra Levines defines: “A coach is a moderator: he knows how to listen and listen to his athletes, explaining why we are doing this work rather than another so that the athlete gives meaning to what he is doing, but in the end it is he who gives direction.”
Listening to an athlete to better adapt to their needs is a recurring idea in the words of many coaches and athletes. “While there are foundations and basics specific to each sports discipline and to training, each athlete is unique, each athlete has his story, and each athlete has his desires, projects and sports dreams. Adaptation and dealing with this reality of the environment and the athlete are the qualities of the coach”Sandra Levines asks.
“Adaptability was one of the first words I thought of when I asked the question, and it captivated me, Cyril Le Nader, Quimper’s athletics teacher. The idea is to adapt to the individual, to put themselves in their shoes, boss.” “The ability to identify the strengths and weaknesses of an individual or group very quickly”, says Jean-Pierre Nedelek. This is exactly the opinion of international athlete Agathe Guillemot: “The coach of course has his view of things but he has to be able to personalize it, he has his basic principles but he has to be able to adapt them to each of his athletes.”
Erwan Thomas (he again) talks about a speech Designed and motivating for every player.. “Adapting to the personalities and preferences of players and crew members while trying to find a certain harmony at work”, Roman Currie, who is in charge of the Brest Bretagne Handball Training Center, continues. It becomes even more sensitive when within a group, one is dealing with a disparate audience. “In the same class, I can find myself with adults, teenagers and people with disabilities and everyone must achieve an outcome commensurate with their abilities,” CrossFit coach Mathilde Roault testifies in the Quimper Room.
“It is more sensitive in my case with changes related to form status, injuries, Covid, postponed matches and schedules that differ between all players (all students in the BBH Training Centre)”Roman Curie adds.
Adaptation is also adapting to an opponent. In the eyes of Pierre Cote, captain of Espoir Basket Quimper Cornwell, the ideal coach is someone who during the match is able to turn things around. “Like a chess player, he plays with his team. I like the tactical intelligence of those who are able to change their game plan depending on what the opponent offers.” Erwan Thomas (I know, I gave him the floor a lot and didn’t have to ask him to take it!) Who is talking about “Adequate analysis of the opponent’s game to create an effective strategy”, does not see things differently. In other words, this is still what Roman Curie says: “A good coach is someone who knows how to adapt to unexpected events in the match (actions of the game, surprise tactics of the opponent, atmosphere and dangers at the end of the match) with the thought of giving the best performance possible.”
The perfect coach (like an athlete) is still one who knows how to ask himself, Show creativity, originality and innovation in building sessions (Cyril Lou Nader). He must be curiousAgathe Guillemot insists, A thirst for learning and don’t be satisfied with what they have acquired.
“Almost a researcher, ‘meticulous and stubborn’ (Pierre Cote). A fundamental position when it comes to ‘improving each other’s abilities as much as possible to make the group or the individual excel themselves’ (Jean-Pierre Nedelec), ‘to make it independent’ (Sandra Levines). Creating a competitive and stimulating environment. This is exactly Sandra Levine’s point of view: “In the coach/trainee relationship, the common denominator is the pleasure obtained in sports practice and enjoyment, and there is a concept of progression in which the coach is the craftsman and the engineer.”
But the ideal coach is above all the one who maintains a human and harmonious relationship with the athlete. If the majority of the characters questioned kept only one character (that was the point of the game but some of the candidates cheated :), that would be it without a doubt. The Douarnenist Marine Férec (basketball, crossFit) makes this coach/trainee relationship a sine qua non for athletic success. “For me, the main advantage of a coach is to have a good relationship with the athletes, to give them confidence so that they can get their best. If there is no such confidence, then there is no good performance can be achieved. Which means that the coach is educative and patient.” The floor is for Philip Hoon. “Getting the best out of your athlete is only possible if there is mutual respect between the two parties and since I am a person who works a lot through feeling, empathy between coach and coach (e) is extremely important to me.” Sympathy, the word appeared several times in everyone’s comments.
In those of Cyrille Le Nader. “Empathy is the first word I reviewed, we should prefer human contact.” “Between the coach and the coach, the dialogue must be transparent, complete trust, and there must be nothing but an article,” Adds Agathe Guillemot. Sandra Levines joins her when she talks about her “A relationship of mutual trust”. “You have to love people”Lauriane Truchetet intensifies. That in the end the human dimension takes precedence, we can’t help but rejoice! In a colorful language that only belongs to her 🙂 Sandra Levines sums up relationship quality as follows: “The coach is a mentor, a coaching mentor of course, his association with the athlete will be a journey and a journey.”
And if we leave the last word to the inexhaustible Arwan: “At the top of the required qualities, let’s not forget the humor that allows a healthy distance. Sports is not just a game!” not wrong !
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