Coach by Example
If you want your players to adopt a system, philosophy, technique or even a certain type of behaviour you must also live them daily. Your players will pick them up from you unconsciously by modeling you.
Tell Stories and reason with Analogies
The key to kids soccer is finding the right analogy and letting them make the connections for themselves. If you’re not following, try Soccer Strength, how big is your bull?
Praise the desired behaviour in any player who exhibits it. The rest of the team will mindlessly model the behaviour to get the pat on the back.
Do not bother with the reasons you want them to practice a certain drill. Live inside the player’s head. Ask yourself, “Why would they want to practice it?” Make it fun and move out the way. Remember, young players are likely to trust you and like you if you make training fun.
Control the Spotlight
Reward your players with attention when they seem to be moving in the right direction. Make sure you always praise EFFORT!
Get creative with your communication especially with parents
“A thing hasn’t been said until its been said a thousand times. And you had better find a different way to say it every time.” Ring Lardner
Do not turn your back on the mob
Since the parents were mentioned in number #6, always keep your sense of humour at all times. The best way to disarm an angry parent is to smile. (At arms length of course)
“May the winds of destiny blow you to the stars”
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