Coaches hold one of the most powerful and influential roles in a person's life. Most consider the role to be someone who develops skill in players/teams, and then strategizes for success in competition. Coaches, however, can attest that the job is far more than what it seems. Sometimes a coach is the person who is the first to offer an opportunity to a child who otherwise would not have the chance. Often times, it is the person who sees something in an aspiring athlete that others don't, and through encouragement and guidance, builds the player's confidence to do what was deemed to be undoable. And at all times, it is the coach who carries the responsibility of improving each athlete's skill and mental toughness, and while doing so, modeling the virtues of work ethic, character, sportsmanship, and teamwork.
Clutch Coach is a consulting program designed to help coaches better manage the critical moments that they are routinely faced with. We don't advise on the X's & O's strategy of pressured moments in games; rather, we assist in identifying ways to help athletes excel in those situations. Common topics include managing performance anxiety, enhancing motivation, sustaining attention/focus, confidence building, and optimal mindset. We also help coaches identify the signals that an athlete may be struggling in other areas of their lives, so that they can be better suited for recommending appropriate support.
Coaches are expert educators, with their classrooms being the field, court, rink, etc. As such, they are challenged in the same ways that teachers and parents are in recognizing the reality that the current generation of youth may require unique methods of instruction and support which weren't common in previous generations. That is not to say that the athletes do not need the same skills and capacities, as "old-fashioned" values and lessons are certainly applicable these days. Clutch Coach is designed to help coaches do just that: to facilitate the application of the most timely and effective methods of enhancing athletic performance, and in recognizing those critical moments in which the messages can best be received...in the clutch.