Take a close look at just about any sporting event and you’ll notice one thing — whether it’s a team sport or an individual competition, every group or athlete has a coach on the sideline. Your relationship with your coach extends far beyond practice. They’re there to help you though your competitions and tournaments as well, acting as a second set of eyes and offering wisdom throughout the entire process.
The Proactive Coach
While it’s important to have a coach with a great level of experience, it’s just as critical to remember that the coach’s responsibility is to the fencer. A wonderful coach is one who has what it takes to help a competitor reach their true potential. You as the fencer, of course, are responsible for your attitude and effort. The two combined are what it takes to achieve real success.
So what should your coach be able to do for you? Their experienced eye should be able to pick out your weaknesses in stance and technique. They should understand the goals you’ve communicated and help you ensure they’re realistic; and then of course make plans to achieve them. You should be able to work together to make sure you are focusing your efforts on the right aspects of your training, moving you from level to level in a reasonable and logical manner.
You Must Communicate
Communication is key to any great relationship. Your coach is not a mind reader, so you absolutely must be able to open up about your concerns and issues in order to work through them. There is no way for your coach to know you’re feeling a muscle pain or that you are feeling thirsty or a little woozy if you don’t speak up. Your coach isn’t there to drive you into the ground. They’re in your corner to make sure you are able to grow your skills while staying safe and healthy.
Good coaches know the difference between real reasons and mere excuses. Do you have a crisis at home that is making you a little scatterbrained? Let your coach know so that they don’t feel like you are simply not paying attention. Need to miss a training session because of a major school project? Let your coach know instead of simply not showing up. Communication is a major part of responsibility. Your coach will show you the same courtesies as you develop a solid working relationship.
Every coach here is ready and willing to help you reach your goals, no matter how small or large. All we ask is that you show up, do your best, and be accountable. We’ll help you with the rest!