The IAAF’s aim is to provide what coaches need. The contents of Introduction to Coaching provide coaches with the following four things:
- An understanding of the cyclical nature of the process of coaching, the repeated passage from planning, to doing, to reviewing and on again to planning
- A recognition of the five basic skills of coaching and then application and practice of these skills within their coaching
- A basic knowledge and practical understanding and application of the sport sciences
- A focus to ‘see’ the athlete and make their coaching athlete-centred and appropriately coach-led.
The content of this book reflects the currently accepted views of coaches’ education knowledge and competence in athletics world-wide. This was arrived at by an examination of coaches’ education resource materials and practice gathered in cooperation with IAAF Member Federations, representing all six IAAF Areas and all levels of athletics development.