Sports are a form of entertainment. They are a series of activities which involve physical activity and skills in either an organized or a casual manner. The aim of sports is to maintain and improve physical skills and abilities as well as providing gratification to the participants, not to mention the spectators. Sporting activities promote national development. By transforming people’s lives, fostering personal growth, and the well-being of the participants, sports prompt positive development. Behind the skills and experience of the successful sports participant is quality coaching.
The coach is the central figure in excellent sports achievements. Coaches promote human rights, health, and a profligate lifestyle. They are equipped to deliver explicit guidance as they understand the power of sports. To produce a good sport, the coach-athlete relationship should be articulate. The Australian community has introduced coaching in sports so as to enhance holistic development of the athletes.
Australia has taken a step farther to introduce coach education. Coaches develop their craft from formal learning opportunities. Scholarly coaching has significantly contributed to professionalization in the field of coaching. Sports coaching involves a partnership of the coach, athlete, and support personnel. It is the interaction between the coach and the athlete over a certain time to enhance skilled performance.
Purpose of coaching
Sporting activities may sometimes turn out to be disappointing when not practised in the right way. The coaches who are the architects of any sporting environment should ensure a healthy environment for the participants. Coaches are role models to the participants and the youth, and should contribute to their psychological and physical development. One role of a coach is to promote a sense of competence. They do this through internal motivation and encouraging the athletes to persevere and pursue their excellence. Coaches also increase the self-worth of participants. This confidence helps the athletes work hard, increase their resilience, and create a positive life view. It is the role of coaches to develop character and care for others. With good morals, sportspeople can tolerate difficulties.
Coaches are required to be authentic and self-reflective. In times of dilemmas, the coach ought to make decisions which will not violate the rules of the sport but will still favour the player as well. Coaches need to be ethical in their understanding, controlling personal emotions in order to maintain respectable boundaries.
To enhance appropriate coach behaviour, the Sports Commission of Australia follows some strategies for coaches:
- Practice equity amongst the individuals.
- Operating within the outlaid rules for every game to ensure fair play.
- Encouraging and supporting the development of new skills and opportunities.
- Being just and respecting every person’s rights.
- Responsible for making objective decisions for the sport.
It is, therefore, the responsibility of coaches to regulate and monitor behaviours in the sport. The sports commission of Australia is also accountable and should monitor professional coaching.