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53 Stats About Coaching to Know in 2021 [SlideShare]

October 27, 2020

Anum Hussain

We recently spoke with over 600 coaches about their role, motivations, and how coaching has changed in 2020. As we get closer to a new year, we wanted to reflect together on what we’ve learned. The coaches we interviewed had an average tenure of six years as a coach, with 46% identifying as experienced. Click through the SlideShare or scroll through the stats below to hear what we learned.

 

92% of coaches say they were previously athletes in the sport(s) they now coach.

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23% say a reason they coach is because it allows them to continue to be a part of a sport they love.

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8 in 10 coaches agree that playing sports is critical to a child’s overall development.

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86% believe that sports provide excellent opportunities for socialization and social growth.

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80% say that sports allow children to put important traits, like being part of a team, into practice.

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2/3 of coaches stated their positions were paid while 1/3 are volunteer.

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With 79% of paid coaches saying that coaching was their full-time or primary job.

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48% of coaches knew they wanted to coach and actively sought out opportunities to do so.

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43% of coaches believe that they can be a positive role model for kids with 39% believing they can have a lasting impact.

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34% say that they were inspired by their own coaches when they were young and 25% believe that coaching provides them the opportunity to mentor kids/ athletes.

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31% took up coaching in order to be more involved with their community.

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82% of coaches interviewed have children.

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79% say that their child/children are on the team(s) they coach.

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35% state that a reason why they coach is because they get to spend time with their own kid(s).

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85% of coaches believed that their impact as a coach was bigger than just teaching athletics skills.

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93% of coaches felt that improving upon their athlete’s skills over time was important.

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85% believed that training exceptional athletes was important.

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84% said that winning games and competitions was important.

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88% of coaches felt identifying more talent and introducing them to new opportunities was an important part of their role.

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88% also said that educating both parents and athletes about long-term participation in the sport was an important facet of their overall roles.

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92% of coaches cited teaching teamwork as important.

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91% felt that instilling confidence in their athletes was important.

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9 in 10 said that helping their athletes achieve their personal goals was important.

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89% of coaches said that keeping their kids safe was important.

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42% cited managing team practice schedules (42%) and games (32%).

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37% said they spent time training/supporting fellow coaches (assistant coaches, etc) while 36% focused on training for themselves.

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34% said time is spent communicating with the league (34%) and athlete’s parents (32%).

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50% of coaches time is actually spent coaching.

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Amidst COVID, 74% of coaches reported their sports back up and running in some capacity.

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65% of those playing amidst COVID are doing so with modifications.

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With only 9% of those playing amidst COVID playing with no modifications.

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85% of coaches reported resuming or continuing their role as coach since COVID-19 started.

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90% are in agreement that there are differences in their role as a coach since the start of COVID-19.

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With 78% saying they spend their time as a coach differently.

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And 3/4 acknowledge that the goals for their athletes and teams in 2020 changed due to the pandemic.

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46% of coaches that have not returned to their positions said they are not confident their sport can be played during the pandemic.

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38% have personal/family health concerns about returning during the pandemic.

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36% say their registration rates dropped and their role was no longer funded.

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96% of coaches today feel that improving upon their athlete’s skills over time is important.

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95% of coaches say that instilling confidence in their athletes is important.

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94% note it is important for them to help their athletes achieve their personal goals.

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55% coaches say that instilling confidence in their athletes is more important now than pre-COVID.

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51% say that helping their athletes achieve their personal goals is now more important to them.

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And half cite teaching their athletes teamwork as more important now than before the pandemic.

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80% of coaches agreed that today they see part of their coaching responsibility as keeping kids safe and healthy.

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And 2/3 cite that keeping kids safe is more important now than it was pre-COVID.

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78% of coaches agree that they now spend more time on administrative task since the start of COVID-19 than they did previously.

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85% of our coaches said that kids don’t show up as consistently to games and practices.

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79% say managing attendance is more complicated since the start of COVID-19.

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81% agree that scheduling games and practices has become more complicated.

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71% of coaches cited having concerns about the spread of COVID-19 due to participation in their sport.

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94% of coaches say that today they feel confident that athletes can stay healthy while participating in their sport.

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And 84% believe that right now, it is critical for kids to continue to play sports.

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For more on the state of coaching in 2020, including tips on how to navigate return to play, check out our latest ebook.

 

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