Teaching or Coaching

Some people teach archery and some coach; there is a difference. I was recently watching a “coach” work with a student and after a few minutes it dawned on me that he was not coaching but teaching. Oops, my foot went through the soap box I was about to climb up on.

…One thing I’ve noticed most often is that someone teaching tends to be a bit commanding. Do this, do that, this way. This is the way I do it and it will work for you. All they’re doing is passing on information. It’s like a real teacher telling a class full of students to read chapter one and tomorrow there will be a test. It’s up to you to figure out what you need.

Good coaches listen. They learn to read body language and understand that silences are just another way of communicating. They work closely with the parents as well as the child. Their attention is always with their student. A coach knows that working with an adult is greatly different from working with a child. I have seen archery teachers working with children completely ignore them for minutes on end when an adult comes into the room asking for advice. Unfortunately, the student gets a little better over time just from shooting rather than from being coached and doesn’t realize he is being cheated.

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Archery Focus Magazine by Tim Scronce 
Vol. 10, Issue 3, 2006