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How to deal with Coachs Fatigue

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by , October 10th, 2016 at 03:45 PM (2525 Views)
Q: How do I overcome or deal with Coachs Fatigue?
A: The first step to finding a successful solution to any problem is to identify the cause. For example, when youre trying to make a correction to a swimmers stroke, you may need to look at the root cause before affecting a solution. If a swimmer has a wicked scissors kick, do you concentrate on her leg movement or do you look at body rotation, head movement during the breath, and the arm path of the stroke? Correcting these movements may eliminate the improper kick.
Root causes of coaching fatigue may be:

  • Lack of sleep
  • Boredom
  • Feeling unappreciated
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Needing more time for self, family, or friends

Most, if not all, of these causes can be overcome. Remember, as a swimmer and a Masters coach, you have great power. Summon up your competitive juices, your will to win, and your ambitious drive for success to take on these challenges. Lou Holtz, an accomplished football coach, stated, Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you respond to it.
Coaching Masters swimming should be a challenging, rewarding, and fun endeavor. Make coaching fun. Like Masters swimming, coaching Masters shouldnt feel like your parents are forcing you to the pool. Its your choice and you should react accordingly.
Try some of these solutions:

  • Change your sleeping routine or practice times
  • Set a new goal for yourself and your program
  • Understand your swimmers goals, and become an active partner in their achieving those goals
  • Be more engaged during practicesif you want to feel more appreciated, make sure your swimmers know how much you appreciate them
  • Take splits during practice and share the information with the swimmers
  • Video your swimmers and give them feedback
  • Take your program in a different direction
  • Add a new component to your practice routine such as open water, USRPT, or dryland training
  • Find a cause and rally the troopshost a fundraiser for a local charity or the Swimming Saves Lives Foundation
  • Continue your educationthis can include reading, attending a class, or taking an online course
  • Visit other clubs
  • Find a mentor coach, someone with whom to share ideas and solutions
  • If youre not swimming or exercising, get back in the water or find another form of physical activity you enjoy doing
  • Identify and mentor a volunteer assistant coachthis may allow you to take a break or take a sabbatical
  • Challenge yourself and the members of your program to recruit new memberscoaching new athletes can be invigorating
  • Travel to away meets
  • Find a new challenge either inside or outside of swimming
  • Add a different dimension to your coachingperhaps adult swim lessons
  • Host a social event
  • Eliminate or reduce the club administrative functions you dislike the mosthire a third-party company, such as Club Assistant, to help manage the day-to-day operations of your program.


My advice to every Masters coach, no matter the size of your program, is dont do it all yourself. Find people in your program or their family and friends who will share responsibilities and ownership. Shared ownership creates a stronger organization and the likelihood of a successful program. Will they do it as well as you? Maybe yes, maybe no. However, getting help from others could be the solution to coachs fatigue.

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