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  • Writer's pictureSarah McQuade

UMASS Athletics Assistant Coaches explore the concept of push-pull coaching styles

UMASS Athletics Assistant Coaches as part of their #advancementseries were this week given the opportunity to reflect on the effectiveness of their coaching styles.

The #advancementseries is professional development program designed exclusively for assistant coaches. It provides them with access to new learning to develop and extend their coaching effectiveness.

There are many approaches coaches use to assist the coaching process and support the development of athletes. The phrase ‘coaching styles’ is well used and refers to a particular way of behaving. Coaching styles can be broadly classified into “’Push’ and ‘Pull’ categories. Push styles are usually relatively fast in delivery and are coach-led. Here coaches adopt a more directive and assertive approach. ‘Pull’ styles take longer. Questioning, problem solving and discovery learning are used to support learning. The goal is to place the athlete at the center of their learning process.

Housed in the stunning UMASS Basketball Champions Center e.t.c facilitated a 'Push-Pull Coaching Styles' workshop and coaches were given the opportunity to:

  • Analyze different coaching styles that can be used to support the learning process

  • Explore the concepts of push and pull

  • Consider how these can be used to support learning and development

  • Reflect on how effectively they integrate a blend of push and pull in their own coaching.

If you would like to find out more about e.t.c's innovative coaching skills workshop program then click here. Or contact us directly.

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