By Tim Bradbury, Director of Coaching, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
Having spent more than 30 years coaching and educating coaches in both formal and informal environments, I can honestly say that I have seen many highlights and many lowlights. I wish that the nature of these clips that play through my mind had evolved and that we were making new mistakes in teaching youth players.
One of the areas of greatest concern is that of the halftime talk. I am not sure why, perhaps it is the emotion of the game, perhaps it’s the inability of the coaches to remember what teaching and learning look like or perhaps it’s their inability to manage their emotions, whatever the reason, the result is always the same.
You will have to go a long way and search carefully to find a halftime talk that is not: