[quote author="Daniel Andrews (dbandre)" date="1240569278"]…but remember great athletes don’t always make great coaches
This is overwhelmingly supported by motor learning research. In fact the opposite may more likely be true.[/quote]
I am pretty sure your statement is meant to agree or concur with mine, but it seems painfully obvious through observation and even through personal experience. I have had decent success sprinting and distance running, my jumping prowess has always been my strongest suit, but when it comes to coaching the events I have had most success at have been the middle distances and high jump, events I think I should have been good at, but I have always been mediocre with them. I used to be a crappy sprint coach and crappier horizontal jumps coach (compared till now) until I became interested in motor learning and development. Since that time, I have become better at both horizontals and sprints (above average or decent compared to the rest of my peers at the same level). Some day I will apply what I learned with distance/xc runners at high school or college, coaching jr. high kids and having it translate in 2 years time is hard to judge. Once I figured out every athlete is not me, and their experiences haven’t been mine, my outlook changed on how to coach them.
I think I am a pretty good athlete, was guided into distance running too early which I was and probably (lose about 35 pounds) could still be good at, but I have always been able to run fast and jump high and far. Which is why I hate when coaches think they should move kids back. I don’t think moving kids back is a problem it is most common thing I hear next to fixing a kids form to make him better from mouths of coaches at all levels. So I think coaches are more apt to move an athlete back than we are giving them credit for.