Spring soccer season is nearly upon us, that means new teams and new coaches. The one piece of advice I have for a new coach…..any coach…..is to SHUT UP during a game.
Let the kids play. If you’ve done a good job in practices they will know what to do. If they mess up let them learn from it. Most players just want to play and have fun. It’s the adults who get all hot and start yelling not the kids.
It’s fine to give an occasional piece of advice but be specific:
“Jesse, take ten steps forward.”
“Caleb, watch that area to your right.”
“Austyn, watch #12 he likes to sneak in the back.”
Make your in-game coaching short and specific. Constant yelling of instruction or comments distracts players and makes you look foolish. Some players will even turn and look at you when you are talking, when they do that YOU have caused them to lose focus on the game.
As coaches we all get excited for our team. As adults we must demonstrate control and poise and confidence. Talk to your players on the bench. Use breaks to give praise and information. During the game, shut up.
If you are new to coaching Trap – Pass – Move was written for you. It contains information that you will find helpful including mental development of youth players, drills, systems and the whys behind them. It’s short with little fluff, just down to earth soccer coaching information that helped make our teams very good.