You don’t have to be the fastest, strongest or the most skilled in your sport to be your best athlete. To be your best, you really need to be coachable. Coachable athletes keep an open mind, have a resilient attitude, are positive and are good communicators.

What Does Being Coachable Mean?

Coachable athletes:

  • Allow themselves to be vulnerable enough to admit they are not perfect
  • Are open to honest feedback and constructive criticism
  • Understand that the coach cares enough about them as an athlete to want them to improve
  • Actively work to improve their habits
  • Keep an open mind
  • Have a good attitude

How Can You Be More Coachable?

Being more coachable is easier said than done. Like any skill, if you’re not already coachable, it will take practice. Here are some tips on becoming more coachable.

  • Don’t take your coach’s advice personally. When your coach gives you constructive criticism, understand that it’s intended to make you a better athlete. It’s not personal and it doesn’t come from a place of judgment.
  • Listen closely to your coach’s advice. Pay attention when your coach is speaking. You can take away some great pieces of advice if you keep your ears open to receive the message and your mind open to implementing the advice.
  • Have a good attitude. It can be tough to hear about areas where you need to improve, but it’s important to take the advice in stride. Smile and look your coach in the eyes when they speak to you. Don’t roll your eyes or be disrespectful when your coach is giving you advice. Remember to thank your coach.
  • Speak up. If your coach hasn’t gotten around to giving you advice, ask how you can improve. If you don’t fully understand the coaching you’ve received, ask for clarification. Set up an appointment to check in with your coach for a few minutes each week so you can be on the same page. Good communication between you and your coach will make life easier for everyone.
  • Be present. Five minutes before your practice, take a few deep breaths and release the rest of the day from your mind. This will allow you to be completely present during practice. Actively listen to your coach as you practice.
  • Be resilient. If you make a mistake, don’t beat yourself up over it. Acknowledge that it happened and that nobody is perfect. Learn from your mistake and move forward as a stronger athlete.
  • Be a good teammate. When your teammates make mistakes, reassure them and help them move forward. Work hard to support one another and encourage them to listen to the coach. Challenge your teammates to be the best they can be.

Competitive Edge aims to develop the “complete athlete” using performance sports training in Woodbridge, VA and surrounding areas. Members are able to enhance their athletic performance and develop a competitive edge to excel in their desired sport.