Wikipedia says a coach is “an individual that teaches and supervises, which involves giving directions, instruction and training of the on-field operations of an athletic team or of individual athletes.”
BMX coaching is relatively new to the sport of BMX compared to other mainstream sports such as Soccer, NRL, Netball, AFL etc. Information is readily available and open providing interested families, riders and potential coaches knowledge to provide industry standards. The knowledge base it not there, and so I write from experiencing 20yrs of BMX coaching.
It all boils down to someone who transfers useful information or ideas from one person to another, a conduit of knowledge and experience, someone who makes the invisible visible with the aim of helping individuals fulfill their expectations and potential.
The hardest thing I find with BMX Coaching is making a partnership between Athlete, Parent, and other specialist. Each team member plays a massive role in the success of the athlete but in most cases the roles are mixed and the basis to any solid success is lost very early into the development of BMX Athletes and so the athlete gets lost in the process.
A BMX Coach can simplify BMX, solve problems on and off the bike, Identify rider and parent deficiencies and always be there for an athlete no matter the result. The purpose of a coach is like the missing link, to transform someone from the darkness to the light, from skeptic to faith, from discouragement and into recognition, not knowing to known, from no confidence to a new outlook on life.
I feel BMX Coaching is one of the greatest arts in the world, and there’s nothing better than watching personal development to where they ride to their own style and inspire others to be great.