An Excellent Coaching PhilosophyLeague Wizard | February 21, 2011
One of our travel coaches sent this link in and it highlights a common issue – coaching from the parent sidelines. This can be a huge problem for coaches and players alike. Encouraging players to ‘kick the ball’ is NOT helping them. Anyone can kick a ball – but can they possess it under pressure? You may see coaches teaching things that on the surface don’t make sense – but long term we are trying to teach the players and develop them into solid 11v11 players when they get older. So cheer your children and encourage them – but please leave the coaching to the coaches!
Parents, who do not understand our method of teaching, tend to be tense and anxious while watching their child play. They also tend to be supportive of actions on the field that the XL Coaches are working on eliminating or are shouting for their child to take an action directly opposite of our instructions. For this reason, please do not shout for your child to “kick, boot or clear” the ball or to “charge” the opponent, and do not support those type of actions with clapping and cheering when they do occur.
When watching your child’s game, there are distinct things that you can look and cheer for but we want you to know that the one thing not to focus on is entirely on the score.