We talk a lot about having our athletes get out of their comfort zones to move forward and progress. How about us? As coaches we all have our comfort zones too. Some of us are great on certain events. Some of us can prepare an athlete for a State or Regional Meet and then are out of our element when we have to prepare for a National competition. In short we all have our comfort zones.
Step back and do an honest evaluation of where you are as a coach.
What events are you most comfortable with?
Where are you uncomfortable?
Is where you are comfortable holding you and most importantly your athletes back?
I know try to pushing myself to get out of my comfort zone in certain areas.
After 20 years of coaching Level 9,10 and Elite I stepped back and started working with the compulsory gymnasts and the developmental kids. It is tougher than may think. But it was what needed to be done.
It may be just little things, but a succession of little things could make a big difference. What are you going to do today to get out of your comfort zone to help make your athletes better?
Just getting in hours will not do it. Anyone can go through the motions, huff and puff and look like they are working.
Just doing work is not good enough; you must train with ICE –
If you consistently achieve a high ice score eight to ten on a ten-point scale. A score of ten being frigid, ice cold then you will win the workout. If you can consistently win workouts then you give yourself and your gymnasts a chance to perform in competition, remember there are no guarantees. Champions are champions everyday, when there are no crowds, no coaches, and no teammates, just you and them against the clock or the weight or the apparatus. It is all about the will to prepare.