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7 SIMPLE RULES

HAVE FUN!

  • ·      If you are having fun, the players are surely going to have smiles on their faces!

BE ORGANIZED

  • ·      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!
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  • ·      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!
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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!
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Communicate (talk to each other) Etc.

 

COACH COMMANDMENTS!!!

  • ·      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!!

CRITIQUING PLAYERS!!!

  • ·      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"!

GAMES!!!

  • ·      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!

 

 

 

Coaches Information/Links

WSYSA Coaches Information

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