DOC Notes 20 May:
REMINDER NO AGE GROUP SKILLS ON MEMORIAL DAY
Coaching, Teaching, and not directing: As a club that mixes parent coaches and trainers our aim is to find that blend of instruction and guidance that makes the soccer pitch a positive learning environment. In order to promote learning and keeping the Game of soccer in perspective, we must embrace the passion for the game and the empathy of a parent. For this weeks notes, I refer you to two great articles from the “Changing the Game Project”. A great resource that is a perfect partner to the Positive Coaching Alliance. Both are dedicated to putting the player first and provide valuable resources to coaches and parents to achieve our goals of a positive player first path to long term athletic development.
LET THEM FAIL
Even after 10 years of coaching, I still fall into the directing trap. I would develop a practice to challenge my girls to get to the next level of the game. Within minutes of running the session, I see them struggling and want help. I have to fight the urge to jump in with direction and restructure as a measure to ease the struggle and get to a smooth-running drill.
IF YOUR PRACTICE IS UGLY, IT MAY BECAUSE THEY ARE LEARNING.
We have to observe, let them struggle, and ask guiding questions. As the article states it is through struggle and repetition in a challenging environment the we learn. We have to be clinical and objective at times to fully capture the potential of the practices and games to properly challenge them. Then we have to be equally caring and guiding when successes are earned or missed.
THEY ARE LEARNING FROM YOUR ACTIONS
The game of soccer and really any sport, with its team dynamics, opportunities for success and failure, and moments of individual challenge has life lesson moments every practice, game, and car ride home. The first article discussed how we learn through repetition and struggle. This article addresses an important engagement opportunity. Think of the number of car rides home you and your child will have over her youth soccer experience. We need follow our parent instincts, set aside the clinical coach and teach life lessons through action.
TO COACH IS TO BE A MENTOR, GUIDE, AND INSTRUCTOR.
As Parent Coaches we have the potential to achieve the fullest meaning of the word coach. We have our Parent role and experience to draw from to mentor, guide, demonstrate life lessons. We have the capacity to expand or knowledge of the game and then we can work to teach and lead our players to love the game. Thank you volunteers to stepping forward to coach. As a club we are exerting a great effort to raise the level of our collective coaching IQ. I ask you to bring forth your experience to ensure the whole child is addressed. By finding the right balance of clinician and guide we can achieve the vision of Player First Coaching on every BAC pitch.
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