Trust and respect our own talent
The article “Move to engage foreign coach marginalizes locals “ was highlighted by the Former Southeast Asian sprint champion, Nazmizan Muhammad dated 15 May 2016.
Many would agree with him considering that the appointment of a foreign coach would only deny qualified local talents the opportunity to serve, would involve much bigger expenditure such as higher wages and other benefits.
A point missing here was ‘the chance to eligible local coaches with excellent record.”
Many would wonder of local coaches who have ‘excellent record’ except that ‘the records’ are only around SEA games or AFF for football.
We must of course not look down on our own people; the reality is we must accept the facts that we have not produced the excellent coaches we called for.
Many of our own ‘excellent coaches’ are not given far chance to excel, and had gone overseas to look for greener pastures.
We had also gone to the habit to ‘sacked’ coaches if found losing matches and games and most would remember that coaches been ‘rested’ whilst holding the post.
In addition, when coaches voice out their grievances they were then suspended.
In the high-pressure world of sport, coaches play a pivotal role and have to balance challenging and nurturing their athletes.
Too much of either and the relationship can fall apart, or cease to be productive.
Athletes and players should and must have a strong relationship with a personal coach that has been a precondition for success is often disrupted when the athlete has to answer to a new coach.
Patterns of behaviour and interaction formed in one coaching relationship might not be appropriate or applicable to another.
For an effective relationship, we need trust.
We need trust that requires each individual believes in and respects the other; commitments are kept and honored; are pursuing shared objectives and allowing hard truths to be shared
We must also consider the affection between, as the saying goes “it is not what you say but how you say it that is important”.
Any athlete’s or player’s self-confidence can often significantly deteriorate, along with their performance should no trust was instilled.
Be it in team or individual event, individual feedback is still an important part of an athlete’s development, but coaching is often geared towards the group.
Often a range of assistant coaches and support staff that contribute to each athlete’s performance whilst focus of the coach is solely upon the individual athlete’s progress.
Noteworthy time is gone through one-on-one in this setting. Without a viable working relationship, it is profoundly likely that execution will flounder which result within the competitor might might look for help somewhere else.
An athlete might spend more than 90% their training and competition time throughout the year with their own favorite coach, need to suddenly faced with having to adapt to the different style of a head coach should they go with the centralized program.
Thus to there is often limited time to ensure the type of strong working relationship they might already have with their home coach.
There will be less issues should their own coach were accredited personals should and if the athlete turns to their own coach during international competition.
Effective athlete/coach relationships don’t always have to be individuals involved necessarily liked each other all the time. All what is needed is the presence of mutual respect.
Azizi Ahmad is a senior educator and USSA Master Trainer