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1.23 Is there a painless way to leave my coach?




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This article is from the Recreational Figure Skating FAQ, by Karen Bryden with numerous contributions by others.

1.23 Is there a painless way to leave my coach?

There are many reasons why you may want to leave your coach. Sometimes
it boils down to a clash of personalities or styles, sometimes your
skating "overgrows" your coach or perhaps you feel that your progress
has stagnated and you want to experience an alternative training
approach. Sometimes it is a change in your personal circumstances
(loss of a job, shift in commitments). The latter case is probably the
easier to handle with your coach, because there is nothing personal at
stake. In the other cases, breaking the news to your coach can be a
difficult experience.

Fortunately, coaches are used to students changing and usually handle
it well. In some cases, where the professional relationship has truly
gone stale you coach may actually experience relief that you had the
guts to end it! The most important thing is to be honest but tactful
with them. This can feel particularly difficult if the reason for
leaving is that you want to work with another coach. In any case,
don't tell them that their coaching is all wrong and they are
unpleasant to work with, but rather something like, "I feel like
lately I have not been progressing at the rate I think I could, and I
want to try a new approach with Coach X." Of course, both the exact
form and the content of the message depends on the circumstances of
your change. The important thing is to not belittle your coach's
abilities.

 

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