Tutoring – Sports and Recreation, Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer
When we think of tutors, we usually imagine an adult wearing glasses and a sweater vest, sitting down with a student at a table while trying to explain the Pythagorean theorem. That may fit the description for some tutors, but the occupation of tutoring isn’t limited to people that specialize in academics… or sweater vests. One type of tutoring that has caught on in recent years is sports and recreation tutoring. Becoming a sports and recreation tutor will allow you to share the skills that you’ve acquired through years of practice with others, make a few friends along the way, and earn some extra pay.
When you imagine what it’s like to be a sports tutor, the first thing you may think of is a coach. However, coaches are responsible for bringing large groups of athletes together to achieve a common goal, whereas the sports tutor’s main objective is one-on-one instruction that focuses on improving the skills of an individual athlete.
Sports tutoring can be approached just like regular tutoring, too. You’ll set up a time to meet with your client, and then dedicate a set period of time (usually thirty minutes to an hour) to instruct, teach, and train your new customer. You can meet as many times a week as your client desires, and even leave the athlete with assignments to work on throughout the rest of the week, such as getting in some weight training and cardio fitness on the weekends.
Sports tutoring is also a fantastic way to determine if coaching full-time is for you. Do you have a desire to help others achieve their athletic goals? Are you a good instructor that hits it off well with everyone you meet? Do you love working with others and setting goals of your own? If so, then your sports tutoring gig may be an excellent first step into a career as a full-time coach on the high school or college level.
So do you have excellent athletic skills combined with the patience and direction that a teacher exhibits? Sports tutoring isn’t just about showing off your own skills, it’s about applying what you know to transfer those skills and knowledge to a willing student athlete. Become a sports and recreation tutor, and make some extra money helping others achieve their athletic goals.
Job Summary: Tutoring – Sports and Recreation
- Suitable for age range: 16+ years old.
- Safety and security: Safety and security risks are minimal, but caution should always be taken when performing any physical activities that are common with sports and recreation.
- Can improve your: Teaching skills, coaching skills, social skills, and problem-solving skills.
- Can continue as a career? Many sports and recreation tutors do it full time, building careers out of their love for the game.
- Required soft skills: Clear communication, clear instruction, and applicable social skills.
- Required hard skills: Ability to work patiently with children and teens, to instruct others until they see a visible improvement, and a level of athletic ability that is required for the specific sport you plan on teaching. A driver’s license may also be required to go to and from tutoring sites.
- Resources and network:
o TheTutorReport.com – Expand Your Business With Sports Tutoring
o BusinessWeek.com – Connecting Tomorrow’s All-Stars with Private Coaches
o ArvindGuptaToys.com – A Handbook for Teaching Sports
- Where & how to find one? The business model for sports tutoring should be approached in the same manner as that for a regular tutor. Start off by getting in touch with members of your local community and spreading the word that you’ll be offering your skills as a sports tutor. Make flyers, pass out brochures or business cards that you can print from a home computer, and contact friends and family to see if anyone close needs your athletic assistance.
- Estimated pay: Sports tutors that are teenagers can usually warrant anywhere from $10 to $15 per hour, although experienced coaches can make substantially more. Consider what you’ll be doing with your 30 minute or hour-long session and go from there. More demanding instruction like tennis or soccer may warrant a higher fee than teaching someone how to bowl.