It has recently come up in discussions the kit that we use to coach with. Here is Michelle’s list of must haves for coaching!
Kit for Coaches – Face to Face Coaching
First things first, safety! I don’t like to use ear muffs, I find them big and bulky, especially if i’m travelling hand luggage only to a location. I prefer to use these ear plugs which usually live in my pencil case. If I don’t have the silicone ones to hand, I prefer to use these disposable ear plugs.
When I’m working with teams I’ve worked with for a while, I might listen to some music whilst observing/leaving them to go through drills. I like the in ear types, like these ear phones, obviously only if it is safe to do so. I also like to use these whilst I’m training myself.
During the initial consultation with an athlete, I will make notes of what has been discussed using a notebook and gel pen (I love gel pens). When I am writing up my athlete notes (I keep notes on all sessions, as per my insurance requirements) I tend to use my Macbook Pro (not this exact model). Sometimes, I will use my IPad and keyboard using Microsoft OneNote software because it does a great job of syncing my notes. The IPad also comes in handy for some performance analysis which I will get onto in a bit.
Keeping warm and dry
We all know how ranges are cold places! even in summer. Thrown in my kitbag is always a wool hat (I have a great Rieder and Lenz one) as well as some gloves. I love my softshell coat from TenPointNine which is great for summer and winter, as well as travelling!
My Le Chameau Boots live in my car. Just because you are the coach doesn’t mean you don’t have to help the athlete with targets and flags! These really do help with avoiding wet feet.
Personally, I don’t have a SCATT to hand and I honestly avoid using them when coaching. Although I am proficient in using SCATT and both when face to face and distance coaching, I honestly hate using them when coaching. There are two reasons for this. Firstly, they can take an age to set up. Secondly, they only focus on what happens at the target end. For example, if you see a pattern forming on the traces, it could be a simple resolution or you may need to look further into the shooter to find the actual root cause of the issue. With these two considerations I honestly prefer to use my performance analysis skills I learnt at university involving a video footage. This method also gets much better buy in from the athlete as you can actually show them whats happening.
So the main camera I use is a Canon 700D DSLR Camera. I have numerous accessories to support use of this camera (SD Card, spare batteries and a USB Charger, hand strap) as well as a tripod. Additionally I have a range of lenses I can use depending on the shot I want to get.
More recently I have invested in a GoPro Hero (2018) (as well as an SD card and some accessories and extra batteries) which has been amazing to get real time feedback (through the wifi connection with the IPad) when working with athletes.
As for tools, if i’m travelling hand luggage only, I generally don’t bring tools with me. Most athletes usually have everything they need to adjust their kit. If you borrow something just be sure to return it at the end. However if I do take tools with me, I usually just take some hex wrenches with me (and maybe some wheel weights)
There we have it, the tools I use when undertaking face to face coaching.