Need coach´s insight on this

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  1. Andre D

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    I eventually want to be a coach, what do you think are the main requirements to be a coach? Can you make a living of coaching only? If yes, at the start of your career as well? I dont mind going abroad, where do you believe it is the best place to coach right now? I have the level one coach certificate in my country and it is ITF approved i think, will i be able to get a job in another country?
     
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  2. NLBwell

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    You have some sort of certification, so the next step is to get hired somewhere and get some experience. The step after that is to be able to make enough money to live on. If you get to teach at a good place, you can build a clientele and make money after a while.
     
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  3. Ash_Smith

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    Sure you can make a living as a coach, providing you're "good" at it (and by good I mean find your niche - I know plenty of poor coaches who make excellent money by working in a certain market only).

    Yes, usually NGB's will recognise certifications from other countries, but the level's may not map across exactly as different countries will operate to different standards (Lvl 1 here is very, very basic and doesn't allow you to hold a coaches license for example).

    As for requirements, there are many, but as simply as possible - understand the game and understand people. Without understanding people and how they learn all the tennis knowledge in the world won't really help you.
     
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  4. GuyClinch

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    It's a tough gig.. I know one young guy - who is a pretty good player (maybe 5.0) but wow he doesn't really teach well. He is just too nice.

    He coaches some group classes but he really needs to work on his teaching style. I think the best coaches are good at spotting errors AND they know the right words and drills to get player to fix them..

    Its the second part that's tricky..
     
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    ^^^If you want to be really world class, there's a hell of a lot more too it than that - I've been doing it for 16 years and am still evolving my coaching style and knowledge of skill acquisition science and psychology. #everyday'saschoolday
     
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  6. Andre D

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    Thanks for the input, well, i cannot seriously imagine myself without tennis, if i cannot play it for a living, i may as well teach it for a living, I intend to be a good coach if i can, i´ve been reading books and instructions about tennis the day i started playing, I wanted to get better as fast as i could, i was kind of in a rush, as you can imagine, it is not a good way to start playing tennis as you will try to implement many changes in your game at the same time and will not have success in implementing any of those changes. However, i´ve been the game for a while now(6 years i think) and lately i´ve been coaching people just for fun, i dont charge them, i acknowledge that sometimes the right words arent easy to find, and sometimes people have bad habits that seem that cannot be solved. I easily spot an error on the average player, as you said the second part is the tricky one
     
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  7. NLBwell

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    The question is, do you love to teach? It doesn't matter how much you like tennis. If you love to teach, you can be a good tennis teacher. If you just love playing tennis, you won't be very happy or very good at coaching.
     
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