Why are you so bad at badminton

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Carla's sporty roots are in apparatus gymnastics. Outgrowing apparatus gymnastics, she switched to athletics. Her best friend at the time finally took her to the badminton hall. Here Carla remembers exactly how she broke her foot right at the beginning. However, this setback should not tarnish her already developed passion and enthusiasm for badminton. In 2014 she received the C license, which was followed a year later by training as a B trainer. During the courses she had the first exchange with already working trainers, which was very enriching for Carla. During this apprenticeship, she took over training groups in clubs (Berliner SC and TSV Spandau) and, after completing her B license, started her full-time career as a trainer. Carla now has her A license and has also been named Trainer of the Year 2017 in the junior division.

Carla, why is badminton the best sport for you?
Badminton is fun, incredibly fast, athletic and presents us with mental challenges. I also find dealing with the other person in coaching and as a player very interesting.

When did you become interested in being a trainer or did you decide to do it full-time?
I decided to work as a trainer during my B license training. At that time I was already doing a lot of training myself. After completing my training, I initially took on half a position in the association, which was later expanded to a full position. My main focus is on children and young people with a focus on competitive sports.

Why are you a trainer? What does the job mean for you? Are there any challenges?I made a conscious decision to work as a trainer because here I can really support athletes and their development over the years. In addition, the field of activity is unusual and varied. I just enjoy it!

The job description as it is currently entails frequent trips to tournaments. This hoggles many weekends. Sometimes it is a bit difficult with your own hobbies. I can also imagine that it is difficult to combine a job with wanting to have children.

What is your future planning as a trainer?
It is my concern to stabilize the youth work in my performance center in Berlin and to further develop the concept. Specifically, I am planning further structural measures for clubs and players.

Who shaped you as a trainer? Do you have a role model?
Kay Witt brought me to the state power center in Berlin and is a formative figure for me. I am currently accompanied by Dr. Dirk Nötzel (national youth trainer) in my training to become a DBV elite trainer and always on hand for critical discussions.

Are there three things that you as a trainer learn or have learned about yourself as a person?
"Just stay relaxed more often"
"Look carefully at details and don't be afraid to try it out"
"Giving praise without giving negative feedback - is so important and so difficult!"

In which area are you an expert?
My hobbyhorse is shaped by my academic training, training with all my senses.

What is your training like?
My training can be described in one word: DEPARTED. I like to try many methods.

What is your secret of success as a trainer?
In my opinion, the most important thing is to be curious and open to new ideas.

Which advice / tip has helped you the most in your career?
Unfortunately, I have to mention a negative statement here. Most of all I got stuck with the sentence that I should keep a plan B or a way out of the coaching job open. Unfortunately, I've been told this more often than you would like, but it doesn't really affect me and I would also like to counteract this image.

What advice / tip would you give to all trainers in Badminton Germany?
Stay on the ground, ultimately nobody knows or knows everything or knows the one way that works for everyone. With close cooperation and networks of trainers as well as the pooling of knowledge and exchange, we will be able to train even better athletes in the long term.

What is your secret weapon for motivating athletes?
My own motivation, energy and enthusiasm for the sport. As trainers, we are responsible for the atmosphere in the hall.

What has been your most emotional experience as a trainer so far?
I was really happy to win the Berlin U13 mixed at the German championships. The game was very mixed and the win in the end was just great. Far from the sporting successes, the feedback from clubs and parents on the development of their children is of great value to me.

Visions structures, clubs and associations

What is happening with you at the moment?
The conception of the service area plays a superficial role; From when what periodization, how can we coordinate training in the performance center with the clubs and how can we secure knowledge in the long term. The next step is to develop the concept of trainer training together with Sebastian Buijze. The supervision of trainers in their early stages is very important. The basic training must be simple and of high quality, as well as personal development and lifelong learning and support. The association is sure to continue to change over the next few years. My employment in the association and that of Florian Baake (note: BVBB athletic trainer and physiotherapist) will only have been the first steps. All in all, we have exciting times ahead of us!

A large part of my energy goes into the age groups U13 & U15, I want to train them as well and for as long as possible. In addition, it is very important to me to continuously improve badminton regionally. To do this, the structures in many clubs have to change. The more clubs there are with good youth work, the more athletes will celebrate successes at tournaments and enrich the competition. Not only does competitive sport live from this. Club coaches have to be supported in the best possible way by their clubs and all of their members, but also by the association. "

In your opinion, what needs to be improved in Germany in order to be more successful in the sport internationally in the long term?
Clearly the strengthening of the profession of "trainer" and the role of women in sport. For this purpose, I set up the project "Strengthening female trainers" at the DBV, with which we organize sports activities and training camps for girls and women only.

Unfortunately, reconciling the profession of a coach with private life is very challenging. In addition, badminton and sports are a male domain that is poorly paid. The image of female trainers among men must change in the future. There is still a lot of potential buried in the integration of women in the coaching profession that goes beyond the individual person and could also play a decisive role in the development of female athletes. We have to work harder to bring more (financial) resources into sport in the future. Clubs can start by increasing their fees when they perform accordingly. Badminton is not a cheap sport and there is so much to offer! The good and strong balance between honorary and full-time work is also central to the future development of badminton. "


You spontaneously train a kindergarten group with 30 participants who have no badminton experience, what do you do?
Kindergarten kids? The main thing is to play wild and fun games with the aim of really exhausting them. We'd use the racket for some fun at the end.

Marvin Seidel asks you for individual training, do you feel ready or what are you still missing?
My understanding of technique and tactics is by no means sufficient for Marvin. To put it simply, I have no experience in professional sports or world class.

You decide to quit the coaching job overnight, what do you do instead?
Working with athletes got me hooked and it drives me on. That is why the sporting component has become indispensable, which would probably lead me into the field of sport psychology.