In this article, psema talks about how to get the most out of your Rocket League coaching session.
The idea of booking a one-on-one coaching session can seem a daunting prospect if you’ve never done it before.
What does a coaching session even look like? Will I embarrass myself in front of the coach? What if the internet connection fails mid-session?
Don’t worry! The coaches want the experience to go as smoothly as you do!
Here are a few of my tips that will help you get the most out of your coaching sessions:
Prepare mentally and physically
If you have any concerns before the lesson, no matter how silly they might seem, make sure to let your coach know. We are professionals and our aim is to always make you feel comfortable and excited about what’s next.
On a physical level, try to get enough sleep beforehand. This will help you concentrate and increase your ability to take in information.
Taking care of your body seems like a simple thing, but managing your energy levels might be tricky. Water should be the number one thing to have around, but if you are the kind of person that needs more sugar, try adding a healthy snack, like your favourite fruit.
Sitting at a desk and looking at a screen for a prolonged period of time is not ideal. You will feel really drowsy after grinding the game for 2 hours.
Make sure you take a break from playing before the lesson and don’t be afraid to ask for a small break during the session if your body shows any signs of fatigue. It is recommended that you sit up every 30 minutes and look away from your screen every 15, in order to give your body and eyes some rest.
Walk the dog beforehand, feed the kids, or let your parents know you will be unavailable for the next hour. No matter what your situation is, getting some privacy will help you focus.
Eliminating any distractions during the session goes a long way, so make sure to avoid checking your phone every 10 min, it’s probably best to store it away and not worry about it for a bit, unless there’s a strong reason against that.
Get on top of your audio and video
1v1 sessions mostly happen through discord calls and screen sharing.
Setting up a test call with a friend or a member from our discord server is a really good way to familiarise yourself with the platform.
It’s important to be able to hear your coach loud and clear but it’s equally important to be able transmit your own voice at a decent quality. A proper headset goes a long way.
The visual element is also important to the coaching experience: a larger screen will always make sure you get 100% of the information the coach is sharing with you.
Make questions, take notes
Our coaches are experienced and skilled at finding things you should work on.
We like to focus on improving the skills that will make the biggest impact in your gameplay as soon as possible. Sometimes though, you might be really interested in a skill that’s really not necessary for your rank. Don’t hesitate to ask about it and let the coach know.
Providing a YouTube video of someone else trying this mechanic or a replay file of yours with a timestamp could be really handy. The coach can at least explain or even show a quick example of how they use this specific mechanic, even if it’s high maintenance and low reward (i.e. ceiling shots).
During the lesson, the most important things is to pay attention. You should also be prepared to ask questions, though. Sometimes we forget what we want to ask so having an app open on your phone to keep notes or a piece of paper and a pen could make a significant difference.
Some coaches also choose to hand out notes after the lessons. Others are fine with you recording the session. If you prefer taking notes on your own, let the coach know so that they give you enough time to type or write in between sentences.
Take responsibility of your team
If you are the captain of a team, then you already know that you have to make sure every member of your team is prepared.
This is no different when it comes to team sessions. It’s your responsibility to make sure everyone is online and ready to hop on the call.
You also might wanna go first in answering questions or let the coach know, if there are known issues or if your teammates have any specific concerns.
If there’s one thing coaches don’t like…
We are friendly, patient and professional. But there’s one thing all coaches hate: getting stood up.
We respect every student and go out of our way to make them feel comfortable and help them get the most out of every session. Don’t be the guy that never uses a calendar and forgets about the session.
On a final note…
In all my years of coaching, I’ve come across many different kinds of people. Everyone has a unique personality, so you have to focus on making the lesson a personalized experience.
Some people like to have fun, take things easy and others want to go fast and hard. Everyone has different goals, ideas and dreams, so make sure you share as much as possible.
You’ll be rewarded with the best coaching session you’d have ever imagined!