The Core Components of Coachability

Having athletes who are coachable is probably one of the things coaches at all levels desire the most.

A good way of examining what exactly the coachability scale measures is by dissecting each of the growth traits that contribute to it.

First, there is attention to detail, which, when the thought of with coachability in mind, can reflect how well an athlete will pay attention to the directions a coach is giving them. As an athlete, you can’t really improve or be seen as coachable if you don’t absorb most of what a coach is trying to get across to you when giving instructions.

Then with the growth mindset category, we can evaluate how much an athlete believes they can truly improve. If an athlete has a more fixed mindset (meaning they scored low in the growth mindset category) they are less likely to absorb coaching.

This is because an athlete with a fixed mindset will likely not believe their efforts to improve will bear any fruit.

If they do not see or believe that anything the coach teaches them will help them improve, they are going to be less coachable than those with a growth mindset.

The final growth trait that works to build the coachability measurement is rules-following. The importance of rules following to coachability should be obvious. If an athlete is one who follows the rules that are put in place, they are more likely to be coachable.

What is Coachability?

Coachability starts with one’s openness to coaching and how the belief that coaching will be helpful to their development. Then, it considers how natural it is for an athlete to be able to follow and implement the coaching instructions they receive.

A high score in coachability will show an athlete who is highly receptive to coaching suggestions and will actively try to implement coaching points and tips in order to improve.

Scoring low in coachability will not necessarily mean that an athlete is uncoachable. In fact, a low score may show that the athlete could use some help in how to implement the coaching they are given.

This could mean that a coach has to take more time in explaining the details or simply inspiring them to believe they can improve if they accept the guidance and work hard.

In a sentence, coachability is a measure of an athlete’s willingness and ability to accept and implement coaching they receive from coaches, trainers, parents, etc.



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