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Client centred tennis coaching survey

Marcin Bieniek explains the benefits of being client centred in your coaching approach and the information to collect from your client to help you adjust the training to meet your client's needs.

All coaches have personal goals and motivating factors and we develop our skills and knowledge by practicing on-court, by reading books or by participating in tennis conferences. In most cases, we care about our clients and players but why we care depends on personality and coaching factors. It may be because we want to have a dozen clients, or perhaps because we want to pass on our knowledge, or a combination of these two factors.

Should the training we provide be based on what we think the client needs (coach centred) or should we find out what the client wants from the training (client centred)? By getting feedback (survey) from the client we can find out how they perceive the training, how they learn best, what they enjoy & do not enjoy about the training etc. A client centred approach is perhaps more demanding as you will have to adjust your coaching approach for each client. All clients want to develop their skills but they also like to enjoy the training - if they enjoy the training they will keep coming back.

Survey

The following is a simple survey for your client to complete that will provide you with valuable information about how they perceive the training which will enable you to match the coaching sessions with your client's needs.

1. What was your primary goal for starting to play tennis?

 

 

 

2. What is your current goal for playing tennis?

 

 

 

3. What are your favourite drills? Basket drills  
Combined drills (basket + coach)  
Live-ball drills (rallying, patterns)  
Other  

4. Which is the most efficient way for you to receive information? Verbal  
Visual  
Kinesthetic  

5. Do you think that practice is a good one?

  • What does it miss?
  • What should we put more emphasis on?
  • What should we limit?

 

 

 

 

 

6. You learn easier by: Getting information  
Getting questions  
Self-correcting  
Other  

7. Is self-correcting information similar to correcting information from coach? Yes  
No  
8. Is information passed in clear and understandable way? Yes  
No  
9. Is intensity too high? Yes  
No  
10. Is intensity too low? Yes  
No  
11. Are drills too difficult? Yes  
No  
12. Are drills too easy? Yes  
No  
13. Do you share own information about strokes with a coach? Yes  
No  
14. Do you suggest any modification to coach's drills? Yes  
No  
15. Do you understand the goal of each exercise? Yes  
No  
16. Do you have your own goals in each exercise? Yes  
No  


Page Reference

If you quote information from this page in your work then the reference for this page is:

  • BIENIEK, M. (2012) Client centred coaching survey [WWW] Available from: https://www.brianmac.co.uk/articles/article099.htm [Accessed

About the Author

Marcin Bieniek is a tennis coach from Poland and a former professional player (Polish National Juniors Team). He is a certificated tennis coach by the Polish Tennis Coaching Association and the Professional Tennis Registry. Marcin has worked with many of the top 20 Polish Juniors and the top 150 players in the world. He has a coaching tennis forum at http://2beacoach.forums-free.com

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