Plan Things Out
Coaches who have already planned things out
are less likely to get caught off-guard when something goes
wrong, because they may have already foreseen the issue during
the planning stages.
The coach needs to be the final authority during
soccer practices and games. Without that sense of hierarchy,
athletes will feel that they do not have to listen to instructions,
follow along, or participate. By insisting that athletes treat
each other and him/herself with respect, the coach asserts
a healthy sense of authority and ensures that things run smoothly.
Coaches need to be engaged with athletes at
all times, interacting with them. Though one coaching method
is to stay hands-off and allow athletes to figure things out
themselves, a better coaching method is to actively work with
athletes to fix problems in technique or execution. By showing
athletes that they care, the coach builds trust with athletes
and promotes a safe, enjoyable environment.
Because soccer is a team game, athletes need
to respect and understand each other. Coaches should build
a sense of team through different activities designed to introduce
the athletes to each other, require them to work together
to find a solution, and learn to like and trust each other.
Some teams will be better at teamwork than others,
without fail. Personalities sometimes conflict to the point
where a good soccer
practice is one where there are no arguments or hurt feelings.
To encourage even these teams to find common ground, the coach
should engage all athletes by showing them that they are a
team and that no one member can achieve as much alone as he/she
can with their team.
There are countless soccer coaching tips, but those listed above constitute the most important and the ones coaches can employ immediately. By having a plan, coaches can more easily assert their authority. They can also stay focused easier because they already know what is coming next. By staying engaged with the athletes and showing them that teamwork is essential to success, coaches put their teams on the right track to build positive relationships and win soccer games.