7 SIMPLE RULES
- · If you are having fun, the players are surely going to have smiles on their faces!
- · Write down your practice plan before practice starts! (Eliminates down time & practice chaos).
- · Organize practice as follows: Warm up, Individual Skill Work, Mini Games and end with a scrimmage!
- · Setup for the next drill/mini game during the water breaks!
- · Organize team parents and assistant coach(es) to help with administrative tasks, practices & discipline problems!
KEEP IT SIMPLE AND EXCITING!!
- · For youth players "ages 6 - 12", keep the practices and tactics simple and in easy to understand terms!
- · The team name creates unity, competition and brings out the best in your players!
- · Use a handful of drills that you & your players enjoy ... no need to spend 15 -20 minutes explaining new drills at each practice!
DEVELOP A TEAM TO-DO LIST!!
- · Once you decide on the team to-do list, jot them down and reinforce them throughout the season ... during practice, before games & at half time!
Some examples ...
- · When the ball comes to a player, his/her options are passing, dribbling or shooting ... no kicking!
Communicate (talk to each other) Etc.
- · Before the season begins, communicate to the players & parents ... Acceptable and unacceptable behavior!
- · What to expect from you! (the coach)
- · Your expectations of the players!
- · Your expectations of the parents!
- · Consequences of actions!
- · This way everyone follows the commandments or face the consequences!!
- · Always start with a positive comment and finish up with the constructive critique!
Use specific examples ...
- · Johnny, remember when you kicked the ball 30 yards up the field, that was a powerful kick but were you passing the ball to anyone or was that a shot?
- · Remember, our to-do list says "we don't kick to kick ... we kick to pass or kick to shoot"!
- · Do ... Display good sportsmanship! (You're the role model for your players).
- · Do ... Reinforce the team to-do list before the game and during half time!
- · Do ... As the game is played, point out situations (to the subs) where players are (and are not) working on the team to-do list! (The game provides great visual pictures and the subs are a captive audience).
- · Do ... Use specific game scenarios (and names) when coaching and making changes at half time! (Be positive).
- · Don't ... Yell and scream from the sidelines (at players or the Ref).
- · Don't ... Try to coach every decision the players are making on the field!
- · Do ... Let the kids play and have fun!