What Are the Steps to Becoming a Sports Coach?

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The steps to becoming a sports coach involve becoming a master of the sport, either in performance or in an understanding of strategy. Use volunteer work to help develop a coaching program with help from a certified sports performance nutrition adviser in this free video on sports coaches.

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Hi I'm Ashleigh Gass, certified strength and conditioning specialist with BrilliantAthlete.com. What are the steps to becoming a sports coach? Well this usually means a sports coach like a basketball coach, soccer, football, rugby, tennis, whatever sport it is that you're playing is probably the sport you're most interested in coaching. So what exactly are the steps to becoming a coach? Number one is to become really a master of your sport either from performance standpoint or from the standpoint of really understanding what it takes to be good in that sport. So if you're a tennis player and you're successful, the way to start becoming a coach would be to volunteer to work with a coach, probably your own coach or someone that you respect and that you know to be very level in that particular sport. So once you've spent probably a year, two years volunteering with a coach whom you really look up to and respect, you can then start to develop your own coaching program. You might begin working with kids in the community or you might begin working with other athletes that you compete with. Those are really your first two steps. Once you get beyond that you'll probably find yourself in a position where you're working a lot more with athletes one on one. Start taking on bigger roles within local community teams and just expand your knowledge. There are a lot of great coaching books available at bookstores, a book also like Awakening the Giant Within by Anthony Robbins will really help you become a mentor and a leader to the other athletes that you're working with. I hope that helps you get on the right track to becoming a sports coach. For more information and details, you can ask me questions about what I've done to get into the position that I'm in right now, you can contact me at BrilliantAthlete.com.

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