5“It is no good having a lot of experience but not learning from it.” “It is no good having a lot of experience but not learning from it.” (Moon, 2004)Consider this quote from Moon. “It is no good having a lot of experience but not learning from it”.Reflecting on our coaching helps turn experience into learning which then allows us to change and develop our coaching style and practices. This may be done on an ad hoc basis, but it is best to do it in a more structured format that allows the Coach time and opportunity to reflect. In some cases a coach may use their peers and perhaps a mentor to assist in this process.The important aspect is that the coach learns something from their experience of delivering a coaching session or intervention. This way the coach can identify their impact and can target any areas that could be improved.
7The Importance of Review When we lead a sports activity session it is important to reflect and review on our performance. This is a quality of all effective sports leaders.We should assess the following:Areas of Strengths (What we did well)Areas for Improvement (What we did not do so well)Development Plan (What do we need to do to improve)
8Where Do We Get The Information From? Can you think of any other sources of information?Sometimes it is hard to review a session based on what we remember. This is because we may forget some important parts. We may need some help from other sources to help us in our review.We can get help from a range of sources. These include:Feedback from our participantsFeedback from a supervisor or other observerVideo of the sessionAudio recordingPersonal logbook, coaching portfolio or diary
10Feedback from Participants Perhaps the best place to get feedback about the quality of a sports activity session is from the people who participated in it.Click on the link to see an example of a Participant Feedback Sheet.
11Feedback from a Supervisor Sports leader supervisors can be a useful sources of information, especially for developing sports leaders. Supervisors are useful because they have more knowledge and experience than we do. They may see things that we have not seen and can give us a good insight into our performance.Sports leader supervisors may use a sheet like this one to help them give helpful feedback.Click on the link to see an example of a Supervisor Observation Sheet.Who would you like to be your sports leader supervisor? Why is this?
12A Sports Leader Logbook or Diary The sports leader can then go back to their inputs when planning what to do for the next session.This will also provide the sports leader with an opportunity to see any progress made over a period of time.It is a good idea for sports leaders to have a sports leader logbook or diary. This gives the sports leader to evaluate the session immediately afterwards, when it is fresh in their memory.
13Identifying Areas of Strength When the sports leader has collected a range of information about their session (from participants, from supervisor, from logbook/diary) they can then use their own thoughts and feelings about the session to identify areas of strength.What did I do well in the session?What parts of this session would I want to keep for future sessions?When doing this the sports leader should ask themselves the following questions.What was good about my planning of the session?What was good about my delivery of the session?
14Identifying Areas of Strength The sports leader can also use this information and process to identify areas for improvement.When doing this the sports leader should ask themselves the following questions.What did I not do so well in the session?What parts of this session would I want to improve for future sessions?What was lacking about my planning of the session?What could be improved about my delivery of the session?
15Extrovert Personality Intrinsic Motivation Sense of Humour Result of ReviewAfter the review the sports leader will be left with a list of areas of strength and a list of areas to improve. For example:Areas of StrengthExtrovert PersonalityIntrinsic MotivationSense of HumourGood Structure of SessionAreas for ImprovementNo Cool Down/EvaluationPoor Health & Safety checkDid not know about participants specific needsThe question now is….can do we improve our sports leadership as a result of this?
16Setting Targets for Improvement Once areas for improvement have been identified then the sports leader must set targets to help achieve improvement.Sports leaders can use the SMARTER acronym to help them set these targets.
19EvaluationAn important part of being a sports leader involves reviewing and reflecting on sport activity sessions.Developing sports leaders will benefit from using a range of sources to gain feedback about their session. These sources can include a supervisor, the participants and video recording.This helps sports leaders identify areas of strength and areas for improvement.Once these areas have been identified the sports leader must set targets to help them improve.Sports leaders can use the SMARTER acronym to help them to set appropriate targets.