Coach Education

Think, Reflect, Excel: The Socratic Method in Coaching

Socratic questioning, a concept inspired by the ancient philosopher Socrates, is all about sparking deeper thought and reflection through probing questions. For coaches, this approach can be a game-changer. It moves beyond traditional instruction, inviting athletes to think critically about their actions, motivations, and the intricacies of their sport. John Wooden, the revered UCLA basketball coach, perfectly exemplified this approach....

The Paradox of Performance: Power Meets Grace

The performance of an athlete, in its most exquisite form, is a dynamic interplay of power and grace. A spectacle that mesmerizes us as it seamlessly blends fluidity with ferocity, combines violence with peace, and merges aggression with elegance. It's an art form where strength and subtlety coexist, creating a harmonious symphony of human potential. There's a reason Ali's motto...

The Nested Dynamics of Speed: Lessons from Russian Dolls

Russian dolls, known as Matryoshka dolls, are hollow wooden figurines originating from Russia.  They nest inside each other, with the smallest doll at the center. They are adorned with vibrant colors and intricate designs. Matryoshka dolls symbolize family, generations, and Russian culture.  They are collected and cherished worldwide as decorative items. But what the heck have they got to do...

Embracing the Unknown: The Island of Knowledge and Coaching

Recently, I reread Marcelo Gleiser's great book, ‘The Island of Knowledge: The Limits of Science and the Search for Meaning,’ and — as always with almost every book I read — reflected upon its implications in sport performance and coaching.   One of the primary themes in the book is that of ‘embracing ignorance’.   Gleiser argues that the acquisition of knowledge...

The myth of work-life balance?

I come from a family tradition of storytellers.  I love to hear and speak about stories. So when I’m guiding younger coaches through some of the pitfalls we encounter in our coaching lives, I tend to tell gut-level honest stories of failures, successes, trials, tribulations, etc.  I also share biographies of coaches and other leaders who have fallen into some...

Is it worth it?

I have been consistently challenged in multiple environments.   The two biggest challenges for me in scale and scope are constant battles with: Administration silos / scope of practice, etc. Support agencies around the athlete I have fought constant battles with NGBs, Olympic Committees, meet promoters, legislation issues, and world-politic.  On the support side, endless and inane conflicts from agents, sponsors, parents,...

in Praise of my Mentors

When I was a young coach, I was desperate for advice and mentoring, but it was very uncommon back then (late 60s-early 70s), so the only way to get any sort of help was to volunteer at a school and pray that one of the coaches took you under his wing.  I grew up with a father in the construction...

Coaching Chat #1: Coaching Developing Athletes – Lessons from the Classroom, Field, & Track

Welcome to Coaching Chat, a new vodcast series where Education Director - Ellie Kormis - chats with coaches, coach educators, and teachers who coach - from High School coaches, to Pro coaches, to new coaches, to the seasoned warhorses of our profession. With a reach encompassing all sports, the aim of this vodcast series is to promote cross pollination across...

In coaching, “how” is more important than “what”

Over the last few weeks, I have been talking to a few of my friends in leadership positions in sport around the world, as well as sharing a post on my Twitter account, about what type of things they value in new coaches. My goal in this - besides simply interest - was to better understand what the types of...

March in ALTIS 360°

It's starting to warm up, and so are the track, field and summer sports! ALTIS 360° will keep you up to date with what you and your athletes need for this season. With his new book out this month, Brett Bartholomew talks with ALTIS on his experiences, trials and tribulations as a strength coach. Also, sports psychologist Marc Strickland will...