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Retention of Ringers

Recent Developments in Coaching Pip Penney October 9th 2008

situations. He may be unwilling to have a go at something. This does not mean that he does not want to be able to do it, just that he is scared to try, and so will decline the opportunity presented to him by the coach or tutor.

A coach can change the balance between these two things by raising self confidence in a learner to reduce the fear of failure. By developing the skills of the band so that a certain achievement level becomes a “norm” within the band he can use the peer pressure of the group to increase the need of an individual to achieve. This leads on to “expectation of achievement” in the learner. It should be remembered that different individuals will have different perceptions of achievement. For some it might be to ring a peal or a quarter peal, to improve their striking or learn to call something. For others it might be to impress their tower captain, coach, another ringer or their family. It may be even to receive the positive reinforcement of a “well done” or “you did well tonight” from a respected and hard to please senior.

The Importance of Developing Empathy with your Learner

One of the most difficult things in coaching is maintaining the motivation of people week after week.

  • A good teacher establishes excellent communication skills and is always approachable when learners have difficulties or need advice.

  • It is important that the tutor can be sensitive to the needs and particular requirements of individual learners, ensuring that they enjoy themselves and gain benefit from each practice.

  • A tutor should be able to see when something is not working and have sufficient imagination to try a different approach.

Sources of Motivation – What keeps people ringing? (These topics are described in detail separately elsewhere in this document)

  • Team cohesion.

  • Coaching Philosophy.

  • Teaching Style.

  • Adequate foundations skills built by “incremental learning”.

  • Setting personal targets and goals.

Sources of Burn out – Why do we lose people?

  • Lack of variety in practice.

  • Reaching goals and failing to set new ones (stagnation of talent).

  • Too much practice with too little time to recharge or renew motivational source – this implies too much pressure.

  • Not reaching expectations – it is therefore important that aims and targets will need to vary from learner to learner according to their skill levels and their potential.


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