We posted a few months ago about how new Web 2.0 tools can help a squash coach do an exemplary job. Here is another concrete Skype example that would work for either youth development or elite coaches of WISPA or PSA Tour athletes.
**Update Nov. 24/08 – Skype picked up this article and interviews me on use of Skype here .**
Last week I went on medical leave from my job as Head Coach of Squash of the Smith College Squash Team in order to have my right hip replaced (joining my squash idols Jonah Barrington and Geoff Hunt in having run too many miles, run too many 24 X 400’s, and played too many attritional matches, albeit at a much lower level:). Although my replacement Erin Robson has quickly stepped in and done an outstanding job, 13 of my team entered a flight tournament this weekend, which means that Erin needed some help with the coaching, as they each played a minimum of three matches!
Travel to Smith was out of the question, so we resolved our problem with the help of Skype as depicted in the video below:
If you are totally new to Skype, here is a quick, fun intro: