Insights from a badminton head coach

Badminton coaches are an influential group in the badminton community. They are amongst the most frequent and familiar faces on court and their work is essential to maintain and develop badminton talent. Given that coaches have to deal with a cross-section of players, students, and sports administrators and other coaches, they sometimes encounter challenges. Let’s find out from…

Getting started as a badminton coach

Coaching is a fascinating craft. If you enjoy badminton and helping others, you might enjoy coaching badminton. It’s a responsibility and privilege to have a coaching role and it’s one that I’m very excited to share. So far, coaching has been enjoyable and challenging. Difficulties arise when there are more than four students to a court…

What’s your sports personality?

Sports can reveal a lot about somebody’s personality. Famous tennis coach Vic Braden came up with a way to analyse the “brain types” of his players, based loosely on the Myers Briggs Type Indicator. He identified that Roger Federer is an “NT,” an Intuitive Thinker. This enabled him to tailor his coaching style to suit the type who likes solutions,…

Acting as an assistant coach

I’m a keen learner and sometimes go see my old coach for a social game so he can tell me what I’m doing wrong. One time I popped by one of his regular places, he arrived late and couldn’t play for long because he had to coach. So I volunteered to help feed shuttles to…

How to handle unwanted advice

In social games I’ve received a lot of comments about how I play. In the process of learning a new sport I’ve had to distinguish between knowledgeable sources and dubious sources. I trust the opinions of my coach and strong players because they clearly know their stuff. But sometimes I receive unsolicited advice by older players. And this is…

The coach-player relationship

Finding the right coach is a bit like striking gold. A good relationship between coach and a player makes it easy to communicate, identify problems and find good solutions.  I was introduced to my first coach, a former Malaysian national player, through my dad’s work mate. When I first showed up to training, I was the classic…