January 26, 2017
WYC 104 – Youth Coaching – Allistair McCaw talks 7 Keys to Being a Great Coach
Allistair McCaw is a Sports Performance Coach, Speaker, Author, Coach to Olympians & World Champions, Passionate about improving athletes, coaches & teams. Allistair is from South Africa. His family was very athletic, his mom tried out for the Olympics in the 400 meters. He grew up playing a multiple of sports, he wanted to play professional tennis, but due to financial pressures he switched at age 14 from tennis to running. He was a junior national champion, and went on to become a duathlon competitor. He has since switched to running marathons and just completed his 28th marathon.
Website & Book: themccawmethod.com
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‘World-class athletes are better able to handle repetition better than the next person.’
The marathon/racing culture
- It’s a unique environment where everyone is cheering for each other
Book: 7 Keys to Being a Great Coach
- Allistair’s dream was to write this book to help share what he has learned
- Link to book: themccawmethod.com
Key 1 – Standards
- It all starts with your standards – Rules for your life. Standards is a much more palatable word than rules
- 3 important standards for coaching:
- 1 – Standards for yourself
- 2 – Standards for your workplace/coaches
- 3 – Standards for your athletes
Key 2 – Your Methodology/Philosophy
- What do you believe in? How do you believe in achieving this?
Key 3 – Great coaches adapt
- To the unexpected. They are calm, controlled.
- Adapt to the generation you are working with: Listen better. Discipline. Communicate in their style: they want short bursts of information (they are the Twitter-generation.)
Key 4 – Have great energy
- It all starts with you. You have to exude passion. People should look forward to seeing you.
Key 5 – Interpersonal skills
- Respected. Likability. We are in the people business who play sports.
Key 6 – The fundamentals
- Great coaches have teams that are great at fundamentals.
- Daniel Coyle in The Talent Code: ‘Mastering the mundane.’
- World-class athletes are better able to handle repetition better than the next person.
Key 7 – Invest in yourself
- You are in the top 7% of your industry if you are spending 20 minutes per day investing in yourself
- Listen to 1 podcast everyday. Podcasts: The Strengthcoach Podcast; Pacey Performance Podcast; Rich Roll podcast; Tim Ferriss podcast, Lewis Howes Podcast
- Read 2 books per month
- 4x per year attend a conference. Not just one in your own industry.
The One that got away
- 2002 World Duathlon competitions in Atlanta – Came in 2nd. Lost by 40 seconds. Gave it his everything so it wasn’t a failure. But still had a disappointed feeling.
- Allistair’s advice to young people – don’t have any regrets
Best borrowed/stolen idea
- Michael Boyle – Training exercises and how he relates with people
Favorite coaching book/quote
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