How Do You Script Your Training Sessions?

Regardless of what kind of coach you are, you need to have a script for every practice or training session. The script acts as a framework and ensures everything runs smoothly. However, framework is only half the purpose a script serves. The other purpose is how you plan on COACHING the session (For simplicity purposes, let’s just stick to how we would use a script in a training environment)

First, to make any training session worth a damn, the coach must be emotionally involved and excited about the session. If the coach isn’t excited, then the athletes aren’t excited. That ALONE is a huge part of the script. The following ways are how you can show excitement in the script:

  • Showing up early to set the stage with the necessary equipment

  • Always moving and always coaching something

  • Arms not crossed and hands not in pockets

  • Being able to control the room at any given time through voice projection

  • Being excited if an athlete does something better or sees improvement

Second, you need to know the athletes and the things they need to work on specifically. This is difficult to do in the College setting, but if you’re a coach that cares, it should come easy. Remembering things like what athletes have movement inefficiencies, who is dinged up, who did well last time or who has poor recovery habits are all great examples of how to show you care about what’s going on and play a huge part of making a good script.

Finally, knowing the types of conversations to have with the athletes will help build a better coach to athlete relationship. For example, knowing simple personal things can go a long way and coincides the classic phrase "They don't care how much you know, until they know how uch you care". By simply scripting in a few questions or topics of conversation about things aside from training can go along way and helps portray you as a coach and mentor.