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My friends at Taiso Halifax have a good job available. Full-time WAG coach needed. Minimum NCCP Level 2 certification or international equivalent. Able to coach all four events, be familiar with Junior Olympic program and have good communication skills. You’d be working with all levels of gymnasts up to Elite.
If interested, send a resume and cover letter to taiso.shawn (a) gmail.com.
by Rick McCharles
“Team Building” normally refers to athletes.
But in this post I talk about building team spirit with the coaches in your gym or camp.
It evolved out of a Gymnastics Alberta retreat workshop with 40 gym coaches brain-storming these topics:
Coaching as FUN
Coaches as PEOPLE
Coaching as WORK
Coaching as FUN:
- goal is for coaches to feel “part of the team” (camaraderie)
- say “thank-you” to coaches
- acknowledge when a coach does a good job
- club should provide in-gym uniform — but let coaches decide what that uniform will be
- ideas: tank top throw-over in summer, fleece in winter
- give promo t-shirts for coaches
- encourage coaches to attend Adult Rec / Fitness class after coaching
- team-building events for coaches: Christmas party, barbecue, regular coach socials, coffee meetings, etc.
- memory wall – funny things that happened in the gym are posted by coaches (things kids said, thank-you notes to coaches from kids and parents, etc.)
- theme days for kids and coaches: crazy hair day, etc.
- choreographed club warm-up that can be led by any coach
Coaches as PEOPLE:
- recognize coaches as “individuals” with different strengths and weaknesses
- assign as much responsibility as possible
- coach must find their own “sub” coach when away
- gift from club to coaches are much appreciated: spa treatment, massage gift certificate, etc.
- performance reviews with follow-up
- check on coaches “pet peeves” – e.g. rotations, groupings, time on equipment. Answer those concerns.
- supervisor meets regularly with individual coaches
- formal & informal communication are both important
- supervisor needs to be available to talk to coaches
- coach needs to be available to talk to parents. Follow the kids out of the gym at the end of the class to be available to chat.
- paid regular coaching meetings
- email memos to coaches and post those memos for coaches who did not check email
- up-to-date memo board (with prize for the coach who reads the memo first as an incentive to read the memos!)
- clear procedure (chain of command) for parent complaints
- social for coaches with parent Board of Directors
- keep in touch with former coaches and older gymnasts – invite alumni back on a regular basis
- up-to-date “sub phone list”. Note on the list which days the coach might be available for subbing.
Coaching as WORK:
- contracts (full-time) and letters of agreement (part-time) are essential
- supervisors must back their coaches in public. Any problems dealt with privately and confidentially.
- clubs need budget for “professional development” for all coaches in-gym and outside the gym
- fair treatment for employees. No special treatment for “friends” of the boss.
- recognition and reward for long-term coaches
- reasonable remuneration
- reward good work
- reward very good attendance by coaches
- no “rules”, only expectations for coaches
- coaches willing to “sub” should be rewarded better; e.g. point system for sub hours, small gift for sub, etc.
- reward coaches who do little extras: clean-up gym, volunteer at events, etc.
- pay at least 50% of cost of professional development events
- wage increments for performance
- wage increments for coaches willing to do more hours / week
- recruit coaches from within the club as much as possible
- CIT (coach in training) program is important
Coaches should reflect on the psychological atmosphere at the gym.
How can it be made a happier, more magical place for gymnasts and coaches?
Money in the budget helps a lot. But there are many things we can do to build coaching team spirit which does not cost a penny.
Chelsea Piers Connecticut is looking for a highly qualified and experienced head coach to build, develop and set the vision for our competitive gymnastics teams in our beautiful 15,000 sq. ft. gym. The gym is part of the 465,000sq.ft. sports and fitness complex in Stamford, CT . This is a full time position with a competitive salary and benefit plan. We are also accepting applications for boys & girls team coaches. Interested candidates should send a resume to Jobs (a) Chelseapiersct.com and Phil Mincone at mincop (a)chelseapiersct.com.
Inspire Sports in China has 4 gyms now and is looking to hire more foreign coaches. The language of instruction is English taught alongside Chinese teaching assistants.
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