What follows is a simplistic way of bearing in mind the essential soccer coaching factors ate determine the team philosophy and moving along with it. Applying this philosophy to your youth team can be very easy, easier than you can think.
There are 6 factors; parents, coaches, excitement, selection, time and success windows which are required for an effective youth coaching philosophy.
Communicating with Parents regularly: Parental influence is the key factor for soccer training which is essential in the mental and physical growth of your players, particularly on the day of the match. The pamphlet of “parental responsibilities” provided at the beginning of the term is not adequate. Arrange for regular meetings with them so that the key points can be repeated and concerns shared.
Future soccer coaches: A vital part of your philosophy should not just focus on developing the players, but also the coaches. Assess and see if you can turn one of your kid’s parents into a soccer coach? They would be the best candidates, not required in the beginning, but might be an option for the future.
Selection: The greatest reason for players with great soccer skills to lose interest is non-selection. Studies reveal, that the players think that they would not get selected for a good team so they opt for a bad team. Thus a logical system which provides the players equal game time should be used.
Time: Be particular in starting the session on time and also the timely arrival of the parents. When you define the start times and finish times clearly, it helps you deliver the session effectively.
Excitement: Is it absolutely necessary that all the soccer coaching sessions are entertaining? Try to make every session an enjoyable one but also remember that you cannot do it all the time. Therefore, go for a positive attitude as an alternative.
When training the kids, it is certain that the coach will have problems with ideas on how to make practice drills interesting. As such, the biggest hurdle that the coaches face is with regard to the creativity aspect of coming up with fun drills every now and then.
In soccer drills, it is a good idea to keep increasing the level of difficulty every time. One way of doing this is to start with a game, identify a problem and then eliminate it by performing a related soccer drill.
Success windows: Try and include a success window for the season as a vital part of your training sessions. This means that you must determine a lower limit and an upper limit of time with a view to measure the level of success that needs to be achieved.
For instance, time frame of minimum four and maximum eight weeks. This can be achieved for both the team and individual members.
Favor yourself and have a soccer coaching philosophy like this become a part of the development phase of your kid’s training once the basics have been covered. For more information, join our youth coaching community which has a collection of relevant material and resources on youth soccer.