In an effort to improve and extend himself as a coach, Darren visited various coaching centres around Melbourne and was uninspired by what he saw: over-structured teaching, robotic players and an unnecessary complication of the game. Additionally, he noticed gaps in coaching methods relating to player confidence, team bonding and independent decision-making.
As a coach Darren was disheartened to observe other coaches who were seemingly in it for the wrong reasons: leaders who didn’t acknowledge their team, provide adequate support to their players and who didn’t encourage independent thought.
As a parent he was upset to see other parents’ negative attitudes towards the kids on court. With parents coaching and pressuring from the sidelines, players were getting confused about which authoritative voice to listen to.
As a former player, he recognised gaps and areas for improvement in his own training. Looking back he saw that he had an overall lack of understanding about why he was developing certain skills, how to create opportunities and how to utilise the full potential of his teammates.
His frustrations as a coach, parent and player, as well as the success he experienced with his own unique coaching methods were the beginnings of Transition Sports.