• Managing the Coaching Environment to Enhance Performance
    This article offers a “new” perspective to coaching, where a management model will be utilized to improve performance. This management model is known as the “ABC Model,” which stands for activators, behavior, and consequences. The coaches involved in a case study modified this model into accountability, performance, and consequence (APC Model).
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    This article offers a “new” perspective to coaching, where a management model will be utilized to improve performance. This management model is known as the “ABC Model,” which stands for activators, behavior, and consequences. The coaches involved in a case study modified this model into accountability, performance, and consequence (APC Model).

    In the management model, activators are the actions that coaches must take before they can expect good performance. These include athlete orientation, training, and development. Behavior is the coach’s desired performance. Consequences are the actions that follow behavior, whether positive or negative. In the modified model, accountability is the role or tasks that each player must adhere in completing. Performance is made of each individual’s actions, positive or negative, and how they affect the team results. Consequence is the effectiveness of an individual in executing their role in an activity.

    A training intervention was conducted on the model using a professional rugby league team participating in the Australian Rugby League (ARL). The model was only used during the main training sessions on Tuesdays and during the first half of the club training on Thursdays each week. Emphasis was placed on player reprimands on behavior that would lead to negative effect on performance. The player’s name and nature of behavior was recorded for frequency of each type of unacceptable behavior or error for further analysis.

    The accountability and performance of the APC Model have shown to be relevant to each athlete in that they know what is required and expected from their coaches. This model seemed to be effective in that there was evidence of a decrease in the amount of errors and penalties during competition.

    Recommended Reading:
    This article is recommended for reading because it provides you with tips on how to incorporate a new way of coaching into your repertoire. This article will also provide a new coaching model for improving player performance by way of decreased errors. This model could also potentially be used for the performance improvement of strength and conditioning staffs.

    Strength and Conditioning Journal
    "Managing" the Coaching Environment to Enhance Performance by Rudi Meir and Ray Booker
    Volume 20, Number 1, pg 50-57, 1998
     

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