What is a Professional Coach?

Coach originally means “carriage” and has been used in sport in England and the United States since 1885. In “The Bass Handbook of Leadership, Theory, Research, and Managerial Applications” (4th edition, New York, 2008, p.

1091), Bernard M. Bass defines coaching as “the advice and feedback on the specific knowledge, skills, and abilities involved in a task”. There are few professions that are as under-described as tennis coaching.

Therefore, it can be difficult to define the profession itself, and it opens the door for non-coaches to act as professional tennis coaches, misuse the name coach, mislead the market into mistake and thus crush the status of professional tennis coach.

Due to the wide range of issues and challenges that need to be resolved around a tennis player, PBGs, boyfriends and girlfriends (PBGs) and others can feel like a professional tennis coach! But can PBGs be coaches? Does a caregiver become a doctor or a nurse when caring for their sick child, PBGs or husband/wife at home? Of course not!

The role that PBGs play in an athlete’s sport engagement is under intense scrutiny today. The confusion is that anyone can call themselves a trainer, coach or consultant. Trainers, coaches and consultants are (currently) not protected professional titles.

Basically, anyone can call themselves a coach and offer a corresponding service. But is it really a problem that people without specific education and training call themselves coaches? In fact, without PBGs supporting their players, it would be very difficult to achieve high performance goals.

PBGs are the basis of the device for all education and behavior. A decent childhood setup with good values ​​makes it easier for the pro coach to get results with the player. Moreover, the emotional part is also extremely important for the player.

A strong emotional life and relationship can be the deciding factor in a long and successful career. The interactive person-centered tasks of the professional coach are obviously to teach all professional aspects of the game of tennis, to develop balance and mental and physical strength, to promote awareness, responsibility and self-reflection, and to enhance or expand perception, experience and behavior. .

In addition, the professional coach must professionally guide, promote, support and advise the player, PBGs, initiate individual development processes and unite in a professional team. However, professional coaching is time-limited and solution-oriented advice on a temporary basis.

PBGs are long-term, private relationships that shouldn’t be compromised because of tennis. Therefore, it is essential that PBGs do not act as professional coaches. In fact, everyone on the team has an important role, and each role has the same value – just different.

PBGs do not have “open” business relationships and it is more or less impossible to end them. It’s a relationship full of dependencies. The minute PBGs interfere in the professional process, they lose their PBG status – and that’s not good for the team.

This often creates personal vendettas and team mistrust. Therefore, the role of PBGs is paradoxical; it can be very helpful or destructive. Negative pressure can consist of forcing a player to train, take lessons or participate in matches.

PBG expectations and excessive criticism of a player’s efforts will feed fear and more mistakes will be made. However, many top players are said to have PBGs very involved in their tennis experience who instill in them the core values ​​necessary for tennis success, and support has been associated with enjoyment, performance and self-esteem. ‘a player.

I’ve been on the court with players whose abilities range from beginners to Grand Slam winners and Olympic medalists. Each player “ticked” differently. Different minds and mentalities, different body types and different physical “drivers”.

As a professional coach, it is important to find the key to each player and the PBGs involved and to define and communicate the course, build the structure, control the strategy and educate the environment for the best of the full team.

Finally, just be a parent, boyfriend or girlfriend who is supportive and interested in your favorite person and family member. They need you as you are, and you are good and important as you are! You don’t need the coaching title, you’re a VIP – you’re a PGB. Let the coach do his job!

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