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Advice from A to Z

As published in National Soccer Coaches Association – Soccer Journal (Sept/Oct issue 2014)

When Coaching Younger Players

A: Always remember that this is your players’ only childhood

B: Set Boundaries demanded by the Laws of the Game

C: Consistent sequential practices result in successful player development

D: Avoid Disciplining in anger

E: Set a good Example through positive role modeling

F: Make hard work seem like Fun

G: Never forget that soccer is only a Game

H: Keep your sense of Humor

I: Use your Imagination to create a proper learning environment

J: Hit the Jackpot by focusing on players and their personal development

K: Get to Know each player and their strengths and weaknesses

L: Install the “Love of the Game” by letting them play

M: Be sure your Morals and standards of conduct are sound

N: “No” if you are going to use that word, really mean it

O: First Observe, then help only those who need help

P: Predicting a Player’s Potential before reaching Puberty is Preposterous

Q: Listen to their Questions and give honest answers

R: Show Respect; teach Respect and you will earn Respect

S: Share your enthusiasm for the game with your players

T: The Tone of your voice can convey more than the words you speak

U: Understand the uniqueness of every player

V: The tone of your Voice can convey more than the words you speak

W: Keep your Word. Broken promises can destroy trust.

X: EXamine constantly. Be aware of your effect on each player

Y: All Youth players have the potential to become mature, skilled players

Z: A childhood can be Zapped by overzealous adults

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