The word COACH is derived from ancient sanskrit “kachhhh” , from the sound made when a flint rock opened up the skull of a warrior in battle – and meant quite literally, “open mind”. Often confused for the Klingon word, chach, meaning “emergency”.
Um. OK. Not really the origin for “coach”….. But today I feel the need to emphasize that a coach with a closed mind is not reaching the potential best. No matter your age nor your level of coaching certification, you cannot potentiate without an open mind.
I feel a coach must be continually observant to the entire world around him (or her – since I’m male I’m gonna default this time to the thicker-headed gender).
As I have developed as a coach I have been on occasion startled to find out something that helped me to reach an archer, or to make a point with one. Just as an athlete must constantly be evolving in order to become a better archer, so must the coach be constantly evolving to improve communication and observational skills.
An open-minded coach will also be able to see what other coaches are doing and either incorporate the best parts, or just as importantly, avoid pitfalling into the worst parts.
What archer ever picked up a bow for the first time and said, “I want to be the worst that I can”? If you have not thought about it, surely when you started to realize the personal joy and self-esteem that comes from sharing knowledge and enhancing performance in others, you didn’t choose to “be the worst coach you could”, right?
Short and sweet: Be constantly alert in your every-day life to what new things you encounter that you can make into coaching tools. A coach with a closed mind is not much of a coach.
Though chach really does mean emergency in Klingon. There, your word for the day!