1. Patience: Takes time to develop an athlete, so don’t rush their progress. Think about their long term future. Even takes time to become a coach. Remember the saying Rome wasn’t built in a day.
2. Listen to the athlete: Ask the athlete how they feel. Can they go another rep? Are they carrying a injury? I always ask the athlete. Last night at the track the young athlete I was coaching was doing reps of 200m hurdles at 400m set hurdle distance. After completing 3, the next stage was at 300m distance. He completed one, I could see he was flagging a little, bearing in mind we had been working on hurdling technique with loads of drills. So he completed one rep and then I asked how do you feel? I think I am done coach. Quality reps is what we were after, not quantity. Off to your cool down. That was the end of the session. So listen to their view.
3. Be knowledgeable about your event: Always try to keep updated on your event. Read, research and attend coaching workshops. Even if you take away one new piece of knowledge that might help your athletes on the road to success. This is being knowledgeable about your event. Pass on all your knowledge, it helps everyone become a better a coach and athlete.
4. Keep learning your trade: This takes time, experience is a must to becoming a good coach. Example, I have been working with a coach at my new athletic club. He is 80 years old and is no doubt very experienced. Every now and then he gives me advice on the athletes. So don’t think you know it all about everything. Learn from the masters.
5. Passion: Having passion rubs off to your athlete. If they see you motivated and passionate about their athletic future, they will also become passionate about the sport. So give coaching your best in everything you do.