13 episodes

What is "coaching"? For a word that is ubiquitous in languages across the globe, very few of us can agree on a proper definition. Without a definition, we can't decipher what it means to coach and what it takes to be a great one. In this geeky series, Coach Reed dives deep into the science, links it to professional practice and tries to unlock the "Coaching Code" so we can all be better at the role we love so much!

The Coaching Code Coach Reed Maltbie

    • Sports
    • 4.6, 18 Ratings

What is "coaching"? For a word that is ubiquitous in languages across the globe, very few of us can agree on a proper definition. Without a definition, we can't decipher what it means to coach and what it takes to be a great one. In this geeky series, Coach Reed dives deep into the science, links it to professional practice and tries to unlock the "Coaching Code" so we can all be better at the role we love so much!

    Voices in their heads

    Voices in their heads

    We think of toxic coaching as the 'sideline screaming', 'player punishing', name calling kind of coaching we see in movies like Varsity Blues. There is a more subtle kind of coaching that can do immeasurable damage and we can help remove it if we better train our coaches. What we say, becomes what they think. We craft the voices in their heads. Listen to this powerful letter from a young player and the damage a coach can unwittingly inflict on his or her players.

    • 47 min
    What do you really know?

    What do you really know?

    What do you really know about yourself? How we perceive ourselves can be very different than how we are perceived by others. Great coaches have a self-awareness that allows them to gain better insight into their strengths and weaknesses and ensure they are always at their best for the athletes.

    • 48 min
    Can changing a word help build skill?

    Can changing a word help build skill?

    Words have power. We know of the power they have to transform lives, but did you know they also help athletes perform better? The words employed as cues for teaching skills can be the difference between flawless execution and total frustration.

    • 27 min
    The F-Word

    The F-Word

    Not that one...the other one. FUN. It's common knowledge, and common sense, that kids play sports to have fun. In this episode we'll dig into Amanda Visek and Heather Mannix's work on Fun Maps and discuss solutions for making sports "Fun and".

    • 27 min
    The Parent Trap

    The Parent Trap

    "How do I deal with crazy parents?" I hear this a lot and my first response is "Stop dealing with them and engage them." (Gordon and I titled our book Engage). My second response is "Stop calling them crazy." In this special guest episode, Gordon MacLelland and I discuss the best tactics for engaging parents as partners.

    • 1 hr
    Drawing Upside Down

    Drawing Upside Down

    Do you consider the perspective of your athletes when you coach? They see the game differently and they also have different frames of reference. A simple drawing by my son was the light bulb moment for me to start seeing the game from their eyes so I could coach better.

    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

Elworm ,

Love it.

Coach Reed nails it on every episode. Getting into the science of coaching and why it works. Keep up the great work.

ThatPersonOnAnIphone ,

Great Insight!

Been coaching for 20 years and this is one of the best pods I’ve heard on the subject. Regardless of sport, the chunks of useful information and small details are what can change the ordinary to special. Thanks Reed!

shanmatt72 ,

A must listen

This is one of the best pods coaches can listen and learn from. Next level topics, in-depth and deep content. Do yourself a favor and spend the time learning

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