Coach Role in Player Development
Coaches Play a HUGE Role in Player Development!
The coach role is big big big for player development. They are the teachers, the leaders, the guide, the captain… They basically are the ones to lead the way for the kids. So with that said…
WARNING: Make sure the coach is good!
Here are a few key factors to acknowledge about the Role of the Coach. This role is crucial and must be taken seriously! Some of these may be hard to believe, but yep! – sorry they might be TRUE!
You are TEMPORARY! Your role in the life of a soccer player is only Temporary. You can either lift them up or tear them down. Choose wisely!
You might not be any good at coaching. Yes, I know this is a hard one to start with but I do that because it is important. Make sure your coach is good. If he/she is NOT good – go find another one! If you are one of the bad coaches – get better!
You constantly teach and sell winning. It is a process that you must give to them. Encourage training outside of practice. Sell them on the idea of ownership over their game. It is their game after all.
You are the teacher. You MUST teach the game! Don’t assume they already know it.
Be clear and purposeful. Don’t confuse the kids. I struggle with the coach that practices dribbling all week and then goes to the game and yells, “Why are we dribbling everywhere and not passing the ball?!” You’d be surprised how true this one is. As ridiculous as it seems, it happens ALL the time!
Provide a safe environment and act professional. It is your responsibility to set the tone and culture at ALL practices and games. This involves not only directing the kids but the parents and fans also. For many years I disagreed with that statement. Unfortunately it is true.
You need to know more about soccer than the players. Study the game and be knowledgeable.
Communication is key. A minimum of 1 time per month have a quick parent meeting after one of the practices to speak to parents and tell them where you are and what you’re doing. AND after each game send an email recap of that game. Highlight successes and point out weakspots and let them know what you are going to do to solve the problem. This email should take 10-15 minutes. If you don’t have time to do this email then you should not be coaching.
They are kids! They are NOT adults. DO NOT speak to them like adults. NO CUSSING EVER!!! Kids need to be encourage. There is a famous saying, “You attract more bees with honey than you do vinegar.” This is true with kids. Your job is to make them their best. Not to make them the most scared of you or of messing up. Be positive with them and make sure they know that making mistakes is part of the game. Ronaldo had a swing an miss in a 3-0 loss to Barcelona at the beginning of 2018. One of the best players in the world messed up! They are kids… they will mess up also!
You must deal with the parents. Your main role is with the kids. But you must also coach the parents a little. Your monthly meeting and after game recap should do the trick, but there will be times you need to handle a problem parent. Do this sternly and ethically. There are a lot of emotions and many times parents are just trying to act in the best interest of their kids. Be thoughtful and understanding, but protect your team.
Don’t yell unintelligent things. Please don’t ever yell, “Boot it!” Also don’t yell, “They’re just kicking it” because that’s exactly what they are doing… soccer is a game of kicking it! THINK before you yell. And never ever ever talk to a player on the other team. They are off limits to your coaching.
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Have a PLAN – People don’t plan to fail, they fail to plan.
Before you ever begin you must start with an End Result in Mind – Set a goal to accomplish. Spend a little time to determine a few things:
1. What you’ve accomplished in the past
2. Where you are now
3. Where you want to be at the end of the year
Use the technique of S.M.A.R.T. goal setting (google it). Build your plan starting with your Dreams and work you way down to your Daily goals. Then make a HABIT out of working towards those goals.
When your daily goals become your habits, you will get the results you want.
There are 1440 minutes in every single day. 1% of that day is just over 14 minutes.
I challenge you to spend 1% of your day planning – plan your day so that it is great. You life (personally for you 🙂 and your team’s success is worth it!
PLAN EACH AND EVERY PRACTICE!
But know when to move on if your plan isn’t working… your default fallback position is SCRIMMAGE. The game is an amazing teacher.
YOUR PRACTICE PLAN SHOULD ALWAYS INCLUDE A REMINDER: DON’T OVER COACH!
The kids don’t need you constantly stopping play in practice for you to talk. Limit stopping the practice games. Your progression should take care of the coaching points.
Ownership – you must be responsible for your actions (personally) and for your team. Your team must take ownership for their game results.
If you model for them a lazy, sluggish, and whining attitude and demeanor – guess what – they will be the exact same as you.
You must take ownership over your actions and teach them – Champion Role Model – that All dreams and goals are possible!
Sell to that it’s possible and help them understand if they are going to win that it is up to them to make it happen. Model this for them with your actions, your passion, your attention to detail, and your ownership of the results. Model this for them with you taking ownership of your Process to Success. Accept and allow NO EXCUSES.
It is up to them to do the work necessary to succeed. Let them see this in you.
It won’t happen on accident. It won’t happen magically in the middle of the night. Hard work works! And they have to be told to do the hard work. They have to be led and inspired to get out and take the extra time to go above and beyond.
Fill them with passion to train and become better. The desire to win is useless without the desire to prepare. They must own their preparation. The reward of the game goes to the one who has earned it most in preparing for the game.
Be a Champion Coach by owning your actions.
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Knowledge and Skills – Coaches this is on you!
You MUST be able to speak intelligently about soccer.
In order for your team to succeed, you’re going to have to be able to teach and demonstrate the skills. But don’t panic. A lot of our Soccer Homework program is for you. There is a lot of materials here and a lot of it is designed for you to read and digest so that you can teach to your players.
Here’s the strategy:
1. You gain knowledge from Soccer Homework – by watching and READING the material, then passing it on to them!
2. They gain knowledge mainly by watching and repeating what they see or hear. They can read some of it – but let’s be honest they really want to just see the pictures and videos. SHARE SoccerHomework.com with them.
3. Assign them a specific SoccerHomework.com move for them to do a home and then test them first thing at the next practice!
It’s not what they know that will hurt them. It’s what they don’t know that will hold them back.
Your level of Success will seldom exceed you level of personal development, knowledge, skills, hard work, and perseverance.
Give the players the knowledge and skills so that they can win. You must set them up for success. If you don’t know soccer skills – learn it!
R&D = rip off and duplicate! Use this program with the skills video tutorials that show you how to do it, get the player workbooks and go through them with your team, study the positions, and use one of our follow along Homework Training Programs. Do what it takes so that you have the tool box necessary to do your job so they can do theirs.
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Time – Commit! Be dedicated and never quit. Stay on your path to success and be relentless in your pursuit of winning. Be unreasonable and determined.
Don’t be distracted by the setbacks or the opinions of others. Stay focused on your mission to be a Champion Coach.
Remember that the only place that Reward comes before Work is in the dictionary. This will take some work!
Get focused on the work you have to do and put in the time – each and everyday. There are 1440 minutes everyday – find time and make it count. No shortcuts, no skipped workouts, no missed training… sell, sell, sell. Take the time, do the work!
“Every Result that you desire is preceded by a process that is required to produce that result. When you commit to that process and commit to it for an extended period of time the result takes care of itself.”