Tips for coaching during competition

The coach is a supplement to the athlete, it’s not about having a video controller in your hand where you control every action and decision the athlete makes.

In ITF sparring the bouts are quick, the coaches job is more about noticing strategic adjustments for the athlete because they are often too involved in the thick of it.

You can help a lot by noticing 1 thing going well and 1 thing to change, rather than giving the athlete a constant running commentary.

Be aware of warnings, fouls, time and how many flags are still “in play” coming to the end of a bout.

You are a facilitator! You are there to aid your athlete not take over the show.

Giving your athletes all the answers in training actually makes them become more dependent.

We want to develop athletes that can perform just as well with or without you in the coaches chair.

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