If you were to ask any top ten, or even top 100 player, they would tell you they have coached at some point in their career. Often they are made to do it by their federation, or their club. Sometimes they have to do it because they need some extra money. Several players do it because they want to give back to the sport that has given them so much. Perhaps the most overlooked benefit of coaching is that it helps you to improve as a player yourself.
How Does Coaching Help You To Improve?
Think about your school work. Is there a subject that you are particularly strong in? Perhaps your friends often come to you for help with math, or science. Maybe you even do some tutoring. When you spend time helping others with something that you are already good at, you get better at it. This applies to everything in life, even badminton. By spending time helping others with their badminton, you start to really analyze what it is that you already do. You notice some of your own bad habits and correct them. You break down the fundamentals of your technique in order to explain it clearly to your student. By doing all of this you further cement your understanding of the game.
When you watch your players playing games you have to break down strategy, and tactics. You start noticing how to move players around the court, what their strengths and weaknesses are. You take yourself out of the game and from the outside looking in you gain a new perspective on the sport.
I myself and currently starting my own training again. My goals are much more humble than most, but still daunting for me. I want to win the Canadian nationals, something I’ve never done before, and frankly it’s going to be an uphill battle. Life often gets in the way of training. You need to work, or perhaps for you it’s your homework. Well that’s why I have decided to start doing some coaching again. Make a little bit of spending money, while improving your badminton, nothing better than that. It’s an excuse to keep you on the court, and keep you thinking about badminton.
Give Back To The Sport You Love
As I mentioned in the introduction, another major motivation for a lot of players who coach is giving back to the sport. I think that is very important. Many of us love this game, a lot. Most of my life’s fondest memories have happened either at tournaments, or near a badminton court. The sport doesn’t get as much respect as we all know it should. I know that for me growing up in Canada, my friends and I would often be embarrassed to tell people that we played badminton, hockey was the big game in our city. It shouldn’t be that way. Kids should feel proud to say they play badminton, because their friends should like it to. We need to get more kids playing badminton, but there are not enough coaches. This is why it’s so important for people to coach if they have the knowledge. Be willing to pass that knowledge on, share with others what has been so dear to you.