The following question came in from a reader:
Is there a recommended coach to player ratio? aka: 1:8 or 1:10 or 1:15?
In an ideal world there would be one coach for each player. That way the player gets lots of focused, consistent feedback. The coach also gets to concentrate on just one thing.
Alas, real life is less than idea.
My personal feeling is you want something below 1:6. A lot of club teams have 9-10 players and they have a head and assistant coach. That gets them to a ratio of about 1:5, or just under.
At the college level teams can have up to 4 coaches. That includes a head coach up to three assistants. Some also have a few other staffers, but let’s leave it as just coaches for the moment. Four coaches spread out over 20 players is 1:5. Most teams don’t carry that many players, though, so the ratio is lower.
Of course, in many places teams don’t have four coaches. They might just have two (as we did at Radford). Unfortunately, oftentimes those programs also have lots of players. That moves the ratio into the 1:10 range. That isn’t ideal, but they manage it. Not like they have much choice!
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