Principles of Youth Coaching
∑ Developmentally appropriate.
∑ Clear, concise & correct information
∑ Relevance† (relate to the game, implications for the game).
∑ Simple to Complex† progression.
∑ Safe & appropriate training area
∑ Does child feel comfortable enough to take a risk (psychological aspect).
∑ Decision Making: Do they have to think?
∑ 3 Lís = No Lines, No Laps, No Lectures
Coaches Activities Checklist
∑ Are the activities fun?
∑ Are the activities organized?
∑ Are all the players involved in the activities?
∑ Is creativity & decision making being used?
∑ Are the spaces used appropriately?
∑ Is the coaches' feedback appropriate?
∑ Are there implications for the game?
Some topics that you may want to address at the first practice are:
∑ Respect/Player Code of Conduct: towards coaches, teammates, opponents, referees and themselves.
∑ Team Manager, toll-free number and web-site for info.
∑ Carpool needs.
∑ Training and game schedules. How you feel about starting and ending on time, what your attendance expectations are, what you think is a good excuse to miss training.
∑ What each player should bring to training: inflated ball, filled water bottle, soccer attire, shin guards (Cleats are not mandatory.)
∑ Most importantly, your philosophy about coaching U-x players. Let them know that everyone plays; that the game does not look like the older player's games; that you are there to ensure that their player is safe and has a good time, as well as learn about soccer.
∑ What your expectations for them are during game time. How do you want them to cheer? Do they know that they should not coach from the sidelines?
∑ Above all, try to enjoy yourself. If you do they probably will too.
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