Monthly Archives: December 2013

Understanding the Female Tennis Coach – Part 3 of 3

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Understanding the Female Tennis Coach

Thinking FEMALE

The skill of the educator and mentor is to socially engineer the environment to bring out the best in the female coaches they work with. To help wiht construction try the “think “FEMALE” method. It spells out the key components that need addressing when nurturing female coaches:

Think “FEMALE”

Focus: On personal best goal setting and achievements
Empathy: Recognise the feelings that the coach is experiencing
Mastery: Encourage the joyof accomplishing at one’s own pace
Autonomy: Promote a sense of choice and self determination
Learn: Help capture teachable moments that steepen improvement
Effort: Show respect for human endeavour

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Understanding the Female Tennis Coach – Part 2 of 3

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Understanding the Female Tennis Coach

The Power of Positive Environments

Positive female coaches can be enormously influential in the development of female players. I recently worked alongside a great role model that certainly did this. I was privileged to be invited by Fed Cup Captain Judy Murray, to assist her in the development of female coaches during a tie against Sweden. Amongst many roles, Judy has a clear aim – to promote the development of female coaches and players in the UK.

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Understanding the Female Tennis Coach – Part 1 of 3

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Understanding the Female Tennis Coach

It all starts with understanding

Have you ever considered whether your approach towards the female coaches your tasked with educating or mentoring is the right approach for them? Do you understand the unique concerns or needs of women, when educating or mentoring them? Do you address these verbally and in your training formats? Are you able to answer women’s questions – or even better, anticipate them? What would your female coaches have to say if you asked them these questions and why should you care? A few things to consider from a female perspective…

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