The Coach!

  This letter from David Oliver has received worldwide attention. From: David Oliver

Date: May 31, 2015 at 4:28:08 PM EDT

Your theme for me this year seems to be you’re “witnessing a lot of competitive leakage” (whatever that means), well let me be honest, I have witnessed the steady decline and “training leakage” in your program for quite a while. I have my training logs to validate that fact. We use to be proactive, aggressive and have a clear-cut plan of attack for every week. Now, it’s reactive (somebody start is off in a race, all we will do is starts in training all week), passive (somebody gets hurt in a sprint workout, we won’t sprint for months, yet we are all SPRINT HURDLERS. Back in the day if you got hurt, the workout continued and you just jogged miles on the track till you came back healthy). I was nearly 31 years old before I started getting a day off from training, now 24 year old athletes who need to be honing their craft are taking days off. The program has gone soft and is fostering soft minded athletes. I am tired of asking and hinting at trying to do the workouts that I know were key in my development. Why was a couple months ago the first time we marked off the 16 hurdle workout, although the new track has been in place since Jan ’13? Competitive race model? 45s down the track? Mock event workout? Trust I was still getting those done, just on my own. In my estimation, you have gone from a coach who was deeply passionate about the development of athletes, to one just happy to collect checks. No disrespect intended, but I’m just being a “brutally honest mirror”

Coach Duties

Different coaches use different methods to get athletes to respond to them, such as giving treats and other positive reinforcement when the athlete does something well. To get the athlete used to instruction and contact, coaches use their voice and  

 plenty of instructional tools which slowly aids the athlete in becoming accustomed to responding to different coaching commands.

Coaches analyze an athlete’s behavior to assess the athlete’s disposition. They use this information to correct any behavioral problems such as nervousness and restlessness. The athlete’s personality also provides the coach with insight in determining the athletes training capacities.

Most coaches also observe the athlete’s nutrition and health, which may be discussed with doctors and nutritionists if the coach suspects the athlete is ill. Since athletes are frightened easily, coaches work on ways to counteract that tendency throughout the training period.

 Coaches use different training styles to coach athletes for different events, these include:

• Learning how to perform set movements in a precise manner.

• Learning how to jump obstacles of various heights.

• Allowing the athlete to enjoy training and competition.

Athletes being trained for competition often perform early morning and evening exercises, the athlete may also undergo another exercise session, and the coach typically supervises all these activities. In addition to training athletes, coaches also teach people how to interact with athletes properly, how to direct and manage athletes and also teach parents and management how to care for and handle athletes.


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