Coaching is unlocking a person’s potential to maximize their own performance. It is helping them to learn rather than teaching them. – (WHITMORE, 2002)
Coaching is the art of facilitating the performance, learning and development of another. – (DOWNEY, 2003)
Although definitions may vary, coaching generally refers to an interactive process of
mentoring, guiding and assisting an individual to increase their level of skill in a particular
field of endeavour.
WHAT COACHING IS:
- COACHING IS INTERACTIVE.
- COACHING INVOLVES SOMEONE WITH MORE WISDOM AND EXPERIENCE SHARING HIS/HER KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERTISE.
- COACHING PRESENTS AN OPPORTUNITY TO DIAGNOSE AN ISSUE AND PROPOSE A SOLUTION.
- COACHING INVOLVES THE USE OF FEEDBACK THAT HELPS THE COACHED TO REALIZE WHAT IS NOT WORKING AND WHAT STEPS TO USE TO GET ON THE RIGHT TRACK.
WHAT COACHING IS NOT:
- COACHING IS NOT A MONOLOGUE; EFFECTIVE COACHES LISTEN AS MUCH AS – SOMETIMES MORE THAN – THEY TALK.
- COACHING IS NOT SIMPLY “DO AS I DO, DO AS I SAY”.
- COACHING IS NOT AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW OFF YOUR PERSONAL SKILLS OR KNOWLEDGE.
- COACHING IS LEARNER-CENTERED AND NOT COACH CENTERED
In the realm of cricket, the primary and fundamental task of a coach is to focus on
developing and sustaining the skills of the players under their guidance.