Megasim sportive coaching academy
The race is run within ourselves. For a successful driver, it is necessary to develop his or her preparation on 3 specific training plans:
1. Technical - Coordination
A well-trained driver:
2. Organic - Muscular
Race as a state of “Flow.”
The state of “FLOW” is a close combination of challenging goals and acquired skills (potentials, competencies, motivations) that result in the highest possible concentration and focus, without distractions and interferences that disrupt performance aimed at the desired goal.
3. Cognitive - Tactical
Training mental strength therefore is as crucial as physical strength, and this is the main goal of sports coaching.
Determining factors for success
Body, mind and emotions are inextricably linked parts: that is why it is no longer enough to train only the physical one. The mind and emotions also want their share!
These can act as a true catalyst and accelerator of results or be the most drastic of brakes: the trick is “knowing how to use them to our advantage!”
The mental aspect of sports performance, therefore, represents precisely the element that closes the triangle of factors that determine the success of a training program.
Sports Coaching came about precisely through specific studies in the motivational field and is essentially based on a better understanding of the desire to succeed, willingness to sacrifice and self-efficacy.
According to research done by the British Psycological Society, mental training done professionally can increase sports performance results by more than 50 percent. In fact, Sports Coaching is a mental training that accompanies physical training and leads to concretely measurable results only if employed with commitment and continuity!
Through coaching, he also works on the organizational aspects before the competition, optimization of the tactical attitude before a competition, optimization of the pre-competition state (stress reduction, reinforcement methods, self-confidence, psychophysical load adjustment).
Objectives of sports coaching
An alliance with concrete goals
As with the better-known Business Coaching, this intervention is also highly personalized and follows a well-defined process consisting of several meetings cadenced over at least 6 months. It is characterized by:
Development work can be conducted with the individual sportsman or a tool put at the service of the coach to maximize management. Genuine team coaching involving the entire team at once.
The heart of the method
At the heart of the method is the conversation in which key skills are brought to bear to foster greater awareness of and commitment to change. Listening and questioning are the main tools at the coach’s disposal.
The first questions asked are: ”Where do you want to get to? What do you want to achieve?”
After understanding the goals, strengths are analyzed and what, if any, is preventing the athlete from reaching his or her full potential.
At this point, the most suitable mental training path is built together with him according to the goals and timeframe you have chosen.
Sessions opens with a focus on the objectives to be achieved and the observable results to be obtained and close with an actual action plan to be implemented between meetings following a 5-step structure.
A maximum of 8/10 individual meetings lasting 1.5/2 hours cadenced by a time interval of at least 3 weeks is expected.
The 5 steps of sports coaching
1. Plan the goal
What do you want to achieve? Why do you want it? What are your motivations for achieving your goal? What are the feelings you will experience upon reaching your goal? A goal to be well defined must be specific, measurable, achievable, attractive, with a deadline.
2. Map out your plan of action
What are the actions needed to achieve your goal? When should they be performed?
3. Get to work
You know what you want, you know why you want it. You have an action plan to put into practice.
4. Stick to the plan
When motivation is strong you have the discipline to move toward your goal. Measure your improvements so it will increase your confidence in yourself and your ability to act.
5. Achieve the goal
Step by step you reach the finish line.
The advantages of sports coaching
Coaching is a powerful collaborative relationship between a coach and an individual that, through a process of discovery, goal setting and strategic actions comes to the realization of extraordinary results in terms of the development of human potential.
Megasim Sports Coaching Academy coaches are certified by ICF (International Coach Federation).
and for this they follow precise methodological criteria defined in the coaching conversation.
This methodology provides the path that coach and coachee follow, made up of basic steps:
Focus on targets
Plan the action
The rules of the game
The different meetings that make up each individual coaching cycle are scheduled at least three weeks apart.
This time is critically important because it serves the coachee to settle and reframe the experiences he or she has had during each session; it is a necessary step in the process of acquiring the new behavioral styles on which the entire intervention focuses.
At the end of each session, the coach sends the coachee a document analyzing the work done, to be shared and commented on, with the aim of monitoring and enhancing the progress achieved in the laborious process of acquiring the new behavior style.
In addition, each interval is enhanced through the assignment of specific tasks: usually the writing of an analysis of concrete events related to the exercise, in daily activity, of the target skills of the coaching process.
The documentation produced – an integral part of the individual Action Plan – is then used as a starting point for the work of subsequent meetings.
Sports action plan
The Action Plan (AP) is a tool designed to be supportive of the individual’s self-development plan, even outside the times of working with the coach.
It constitutes a kind of “travel diary” useful for setting the starting point and memorizing the steps and goals each person sets in promoting and managing the increase of his or her skills.
The Action Plan is a key working tool aimed at focusing on difficulties and progress. It also strengthens individual accountability with respect to the effective completion of one’s development path.
It is presented as early as the end of the first individual meeting and built upon during the second. In fact, to achieve tangible results, it is extremely important to focus at the beginning of the journey on the “end point” toward which to direct one’s efforts.
Each session opens with a review of the defined plan and concludes with the setting of new concrete actions – within the same plan – to be carried forward to the next meeting.
The structure of the AP, consisting of open-ended questions related to the goals being set, the critical episodes experienced, and the progressive acquisition of the target behaviors, is useful in giving concreteness to skill development.
It allows, in fact, to define from the beginning where you want to get to and to identify the individual steps that allow you to reach your targets.
Each of the participants can freely handle this tool, adapting it to their own needs: in the first phase of the course, however, it is important to “let the PA guide you“, and carefully follow the progressive steps that are proposed, to facilitate the path of self-development.
The structure of the action plan
Part 1: what I want to improve
Among the areas for improvement, the one on which the person has the greatest interest in improving and on which he or she has the greatest chance of improvement in the short term is chosen.
Part 2: what goal do I want to achieve.
You define the goal you reasonably want to achieve, detailing the behaviors you want to train.
Part 3: how I will reach it
The next work situation in which improvement can be verified in the field is identified, and a series of intermediate opportunities to coach it are identified.
Part 4: feedback from a witness
An authoritative person is identified who observes the person in the field and can give feedback on improvements achieved.