By Tim Bradbury, Director of Coaching, Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
Each month, I torture myself about what is the most important issue to write about. Often, I ask for suggestions from coaches, administrators and of course the ENYYSA instructor group. I try my best to accommodate their ideas. When asked to write a Top 10 list for coaches to consider as we approach the Fall Season, I had no idea the challenge it would be.
The consequence of the struggle is below
- Always connect with them as young people first. If they know how much you care they will respond to you.
- Build a relationship built on trust and sharing knowledge with the parents. Simply put you can’t do it without them.
- Do all you can each and every day to learn more about the game and how kids learn best.
- Make sure each practice is carefully planned with soccer activities designed to meet the player’s needs.
- Find three podcasts, three books, three ted talks and a mentor you can trust that will help your development this season.
- Make a definite decision on the fact that learning and FUN along with competing and much more important that winning.
- Let your players make decisions, organize each other, pick teams, and sort out disagreements, their social development is part of your role.
- Take the time to discover the physical diet of all your players. It will help you know how much effort they can generate in practice and games.
- Realize they don’t learn much when you just talk and if you go beyond three clear and concise points you probably lost them.
- Schedule and plan at least one coaching course to do in the next 6 months.