Welcome to the July 2014 edition titled ‘Master Class Coaching’ provided by internationally renowned coach, Lachlan Tighe. Find out more about Lachlan and his coaching achievements here.
Master Class Coaching
… what factors do you consider/include in coaching successful teams?
A Master Class workshop for coaches conducted by the Bowls Victoria coach development committee and held in Melbourne recently included the above topic for discussion and application.
We workshop attendees were honoured to have as the presenters these six acknowledged leaders of coaching in our sport – Graeme Archer, David Cameron, Graeme Clements, Steve Glasson, Geoff Maskell & Nicole Shortis.
All around the country, and indeed in Glasgow for the 2014 Games, coaches will be applying their skills for the benefit for the players in the bowls teams.
Presuming the bowlers have the technical skills for the relevant competition levels, the added factors I tend to consider imperative to train for success are these:
Communication – you are required to tell your teammate what shot to play. Why, oh why, do bowlers at all levels tell their teammates the score? (“we’re two down, mate”); convey their own anxieties (“don’t hit that short bowl”; “don’t be short”); exhibit uncertainty (ask numerous questions of teammate before bowling). Whereas we as coaches need to train players to simply provide clear instruction to the player on the mat, to train them to advise on access (I call it ‘flight path’), or outcome intentions;
Game plan – the team members train to a plan so that it is an automatic application in the competition;
Leadership – use training to identify the strong people in the team; reinforce the strength of character of the individuals who form the team;
Measure Performance – the players have to know how their game performance is measured, and we train to have them meet and maintain that level of performance;
Objectives – or goals, to strive to meet. We can train the skills, and we can practice games to trial the objectives, but these targets need to be constantly in mind during the event;
Player Position – a lead in a team has to deliver and draw two bowls. Hence, that player has a major emphasis in my training on those two technical skills. Team members in other positions require various skills honed to compete successfully;
Role – prepare players in training to know, and perform, their role in the team game. Emphasise via training the need to respect and understand the role of your teammates.
Situation Awareness – something I try and introduce, with limited success, is the capacity of the players/team to observe the situation and the possible outcomes. Too often, the team (read skip) has not concentrated enough on the other tactical and mental factors that influence all the players on the rink; them and us. Use training to train and simulate for these circumstances.
Team Spirit – organize training so that it simulates an opportunity to view how well the spirit of the team looks for each individual member. Team spirit plummets when teams are losing. In my view great teams have ‘spirit’ even when they are losing, and, know how to win.
Training Intensity – the training should be of equal intensity to that expected in the game. Better than that – the game is seen by the players as less intense than their training preparation.
Lachlan Tighe, 2/7/2014
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October - Lachlan was in Dehli for the Commonwealth Games