Coaching Styles

Coaching Styles

Coaching Styles

Coaching Styles

According to Rainer Martens, author of the best selling coaching book Successful Coaching, there are three basic coaching styles. They are the command style, the submissive style and the cooperative style. (Martens) In addition to those styles, there are two other styles, which are the democratic style and the hanger on.
The command style according Martens is when the make all of the decisions and the athletes have no inputs. (Martens) With this style the theory is made that the coach has knowledge and experience, it is to the coach role to tell the athlete what to do. The athlete?s role in the command style is to listen, to absorb and to comply with the coach?s directions. It?s proven that the command style can be very effective if winning is the primary goal and its authoritarian nature does not contain the athlete?s motivation. (Martens) Coaches that use this style are not letting the athletes enjoying themselves and give them room for error. In today?s world, the command style is not being used as much by coaches. Young and inexperience coaches uses

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