Fundamental Youth Soccer

Coaching Tips

THINGS A COACH SHOULD BE:

BE PUNCTUAL

  • Arrive early & leave late

BE PROFESSIONAL

  • Act appropriately
  • Dress appropriately
  • Be prepared to be flexible

BE PATIENT

  • Be flexible
  • Have empathy
  • Assume nothing
  • Realize that “it takes time to learn” to play soccer

BE POSITIVE

  • Smile
  • Discipline, with dignity
  • Be firm, fair, consistent and matter of fact

BE PROACTIVE

  • Attend coaching and referee courses
  • Get to know everyone involved: players, parents, coaches, referees, adminstrators

BE PRODUCTIVE

  • Get the players to do what you want them to do

Actions which keep players playing in practice:

  • Teaching them the practice session rules
  • Giving them specific positive reinforcement
  • Teaching them the practice session ‘routine’
    … Remember the ’9-Step Practice Route’ … it works!

Actions which stop players playing in practice:

  • Giving unclear directions
  • Not having defined practice session rules
  • Giving them only negative reinforcement
  • Not having a defined practice session ‘routine’
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