At some point the coach is faced with the decision – whether to make a change in the athlete’s form.
Aside from the “if you keep doing that you are going to hurt yourself” as a need to change, all other choices are optional. There is rarely a critical “you HAVE to make this change or else…”, contrary-wise, I think a good opportunity to enhance technique exists ALL the time.
Notice the phrase. “enhance technique”. NOT “make a change”. It is often to the athlete’s better interests for the coach to approach a desired end (a different way of doing something) in a less-obvious manner.
Look, I am all for being clear and loud and just saying what needs saying IF NEEDED. Just realize that if you TELL the athlete you are making a change, you might be presenting your effort TOO forthrightly and actually distracting from the lesson.
“You are doing much better keeping your forearm in line with the arrow – I bet you are feeling much more power in your (lightly touch the lower trap) back, right?” instead of, “Let’s see if you can make your string forearm get into alignment with your arrow. Really move your scapula towards the spine during loading”.
Which impetus for change will be the best for any given athlete? Only the coach knows for sure, and only then (perhaps) after trying both.
What? Oh, the title? WHEN should you make a change? Maybe I’ll be able to deal with that next time, if nothing changes…though if you are still really wondering, then this post probably missed its mark.