The lot of the coach is lifelong learning. It is a journey with no end. To become good, even fleetingly, a coach must be constantly looking for ways to gain insights, experiences and knowledge.
One of the key areas of coaching is practice. How a coach plans, implements, conducts, orchestrates, manages, runs and reviews* their practices will give you a lot of insight into how that coach’s team plays, solves problems, and interacts with each that you will not get from watching just matches. It will also tell you a lot about the coach.
Go out of your way to go to practices. Practices of any team, and any level. Always ask the coach first. Go. Watch closely. Make notes**. Ask the coach questions. The answer is often not what you think it is. You will learn stuff. You will make contacts***. You will be inspired. You will have 100 new ideas.
If you want to improve your coaching, go to practices.
* I know there is some repetition there. I was trying to make a point.
**Very, very important.
***’That coach who came to practice seemed keen’ is the first step to more jobs than you might imagine.
The initial collection of 50 Coaching Tips can be found here.