Become a better Badminton coach – Literature tips for the cold season


As a trainer, you have never learned – an important feature for a good coach is the continuous training for me – and not only in the specific field badminton but in the many cross-areas, a good coach should know.

If you have the time and often also financial resources available, then you should try to use the best possible sources. As trainers in training, these are usually other successful trainers and specialists who share their knowledge at continuing education and training courses, seminars or perhaps even in casual conversation.

 If your own time frame is limited, fortunately, today there are many top trainers or other leadership specialists who have published their own books in there is given you should use lightweight badminton rackets to play. Since the cold season, which seems to have begun so slowly in Germany, offers to read a good book again, I would like to give you some literature tips from my bookshelf, which can certainly help to develop and improve as a trainer.

 In a typical trainer training, you first of all get to know the specifics of each sport. Some pedagogy and psychology here, some conditioning and coordination training there – unfortunately, a trainer education cannot cover all areas comprehensively. Training is primarily about lightweight badminton rackets to play motivating your clientele for a goal and the corresponding training – to do this you have to be able to get involved in many different personalities and to know certain group processes. I can especially recommend four books on this topic. 

The book by Lothar Linz “Successful Team Coaching” provides a good and easy introduction with many practical examples – as well as Lothar as a speaker at the Trainer Academy, the book is also well received by many. 

I myself have been able to complete an apprenticeship with Reiss Profile Master at the Trainer Academy in Cologne. The whole Reiss Profile Construct was very helpful to my coaches as well as to my trainer colleagues for a better understanding of different athletes or types of athletes. For the trainer, in contrast to dry psychology books, it provides a simple concept with hints to the hand, which can help even without creating a profile for each athlete. As an introductory book, this is in my closet: “Reiss Profile”. 

Two books that are the very good and helpful idea of two highly successful coaches about their work with teams, on the one hand, The Winner Within by Pat Riley, who introduces the development and the years at the LA Lakers, with whom he is 9 seasons took the NBA title four times. On the other hand, the book by Bernhard Peters, which represents in leadership game, which made him a coach and leader during his time as a hockey national coach and how he developed in this role. 

 In addition to the psychology of the coach himself is for me for players still an Evergreen Winning Ugly by Brad Gilbert. He describes himself as a rather worse tennis player and describes how he played with mental strategies in the top 10 tennis world and there took place with interesting strategies against certain characters. 

 Relatively new to the book market is the third part of the book series by Heinz Kelzenberg, one of the founders of the German badminton world for me and still successful at TV Refrath. In “Badminton – Modern Junior Training” he sheds less light on the technical or tactical side, but on how to develop good badminton players in the youth field in the long term. 

 While the Sportartspezifik is often covered very well in training as mentioned above, for me the important topic about the condition and Athletic training clearly too short. It’s not just about the training itself, but also better know-how in this area often gives a much better understanding of the body and the movements of the athlete, in short, about what also happens on the pitch. 

If you could buy only one book, it would definitely be the “Ancient of Strength and Conditioning” – the NSCA with more than 700 pages covers everything from strength training including Olympic lifting techniques to endurance training to theoretical training What you need to know as a certified strength and conditioning trainer (CSCS) in the US – and that’s a lot. 

The works of Mark Verstegen (Core Performance, Michael Boyle (Functional Training and Gray Cook (The Perfect Athlete) are much more vivid and practical. In doing so, the book by Verstegen gives an introduction to the system of Athletes’ performance – surely one of the best in the world, that Boyle’s book gives a good insight into the world of functional training while Cook’s book gives the general understanding of movements and training exercises definitely improved.

If you would like to learn more about strength training, which is a bit self-promotion, you can, of course, download the e-book “Functional Strength Training in Badminton” – you can download it here for only 19.90 EUR and contains specially adapted for Badminton ideas for functional strength training including Olympic lifting techniques, bounce and medicine ball training, functional warm-up and many more.