What Makes a Perfect Padel Mentor
Are you new to padel and are looking for a good coach? Well, we’re here to help you out. Now as padel is getting more and more popular, coaches are also getting more in demand. The question is how do you know who to choose.
Each coach has their own unique set of talents and limitations. There is no one-size-fits-all guide to choosing the best coach. There are, nevertheless, a few commonalities among the best instructors.
Consider how you measure up to these attributes and which ones need more of your attention as you go through this list. You can do a few things to enhance the coaching relationship if you have been getting it yourself and believe it might be better.
Self-awareness is the first quality of a competent coach
Knowing oneself, one’s teaching style, and how others perceive and receive it is a coach’s best asset. A skilled coach can identify and address particular and well-defined problems.
Trusting a coach that’s confident with his or herself will come naturally and the connection you will build with your coach on the court will be authentic and smooth.
Red flag: A coach that “babies” players
Lack of leadership and a lack of specificity in issue areas may be shown by neglecting to bring them up with those who should know about them. So don’t be too comfortable with coaches that butter you up. Look for real mentors that aren’t afraid to give constructive criticism.
A competent coach is prepared for each session with relevant material, examples, ideas
It is essential that coaching sessions be organized in advance and that the coach has a clearly defined purpose for each session. An informal dialogue with no particular goal or direction is possible when the coaching session lacks structure.
Respects people as partners in the organization, encouraging their contribution and trusting them to complete duties
While some mentors prefer “tough love,” others are more forgiving. All excellent mentors have one thing in common: they value their mentees. If you want to have a productive coaching relationship, you can’t have bitterness or contempt.
A smart coach understands his or her player’s strengths and limitation
At the start of a coaching session, a competent coach sets clear expectations. Each meeting must have a precise aim, agreed upon by both the coach and the player, to go well.
Provides ample time to address difficulties and concerns and is open to new ideas
Rather than cramming a session into a short amount of time and hurrying through it, it’s better to schedule enough time for a thorough discussion.
It’s a red flag if a coach refuses to listen to other members of the team’s ideas, comments, or views. To be a successful coach, they must listen to the players and comprehend their perspectives.
When discussing both challenging and straightforward matters, an intelligent coach encourages and uplifts their team members.
The elephant in the room might be a problem that no one wants to speak about. The coach must exhibit a positive attitude that encourages the team to work toward a common goal to make this situation less daunting.
They seek a firm commitment to the agreed-upon solutions
Coaches can’t be unsure about what they expect from their players. It’s a waste of time for everyone to keep teaching someone who isn’t progressing. A skilled coach needs to give the necessary infrastructure to enable others to implement solutions.