Why Do Kids Play Soccer?
Why Do You Coach Soccer?
Why Do Kids Play Soccer?
• Because they want to have fun…
• Because they want to learn, develop, and get
• Because they want to feel worthy…
Why Do You Coach Soccer?
•Because you love soccer…
•Because you enjoy working with young people…
•Because you want to have a positive influence on
•Because you want to see what you are capable of
•Because you want to mold a team from a group of
•Because you want to achieve success by creating an
atmosphere of cooperation and harmony…
Developing a Coaching Philosophy
•What objective do you seek to obtain?
•What coaching style will you use?
A Philosophy of Winning or a Winning Philosophy?
Athletes First…Winning Second!
“Winning isn’t everything…. but striving to win is.”~ Vince Lombardi
•The emphasis on winning should not be on winning itself,
but rather the striving to win. It’s the pursuit of victory, the
dream of achieving the goal itself that yields the joy of sports.
•When winning is kept in perspective, sports programs
produce children who enjoy movement, who strive for
excellence, who dare to risk error to learn, and who grow with
both praise and constructive criticism.
• Smiles and praise!
• Active training environment…everyone participates.
• Competitive, Challenging, age/level appropriate activities that
foster success individually and as a group.
•When winning is kept in perspective, there is room for fun in the
pursuit of victory, or more accurately, the pursuit of victory is fun!
Technically…basics, mechanics, skills.
Physically…fitness…strength, power, flexibility, agility, speed.
Psychologically…emotional strength; deal with uncontrollables;
healthy perception of yourself and those around you.
Socially…cooperation in competition, learning standards of
Competition…is neither good nor evil, it is merely a means by which we
compare our abilities and efforts with others under some agreed
upon rules. Sport provides this opportunity. It helps us to strive for
more or accept what we have.
Leadership…with proper leadership, sports programs produce children
who accept responsibilities, who accept others and, most of all, who
Sportsmanship…sport must provide for a higher level of moral
development to occur.
Your coaching style determines:
- how you decide what skills and strategies you will
- how you will organize for training and competition
- what methods you will use to motivate players
- what methods you will use to discipline players
- what role you will permit the athletes to have in
3 Styles of Coaching:
- coach makes all the decisions
- coach has all the knowledge
- coach tells athletes what do do
- athletes comply…or else
- coach makes as few decisions as possible
- throw out the ball and have a good time approach
- provides almost no instruction
- exerts little influence on athletes
- attempts to resolve discipline problems only when necessary
- lacks competence to provide guidance & instruction
- too lazy to meet the demands of their coaching responsibilities
- share decision making with the athletes
- recognizes responsibility to provide leadership
- recognizes that young players cannot become responsible adults without
having the opportunity to share in the decision-making
- stimulates, then allows problem solving by the players
The Successful Coach:
•Has his/her objectives in the right priority.
Fun – Development – Winning
•Has knowledge of and is continually striving for knowledge of
Earns players respect…
Credibility in teaching sportsmanship, emotional control, respect
for others and respect for themselves…
The Successful Coach:
Has motivation to be a good coach.
-His/her excitement is infectious…can’t wait to use knowledge
and skills to develop players.
-Always wants to spread the good word.
-Truly appreciates the development of all of his/her players.
Has empathy for his/her players.
-Ability to understand thoughts, feelings and emotions of
athletes and convey this to them…
-Does not belittle, chastise or diminish the self-worth of their
-Respects his/her athletes…
How We Communicate...
Substance How you feel
• Wrong Content
• Poor Delivery
• Inconsistent Messages over time
• Positive approach
• Specific content
• Messages are consistent over time
• Actively Listen
• Appropriate non-verbal behavior
• Appropriate reinforcement and rewards
Why are some athletes so motivated and others so unmotivated?
How do we motivate our athletes to be the best they can be?
How do you motivate yourself to be the best coach you can be?
People are motivated to fulfill their needs!
You must meet with each athlete to learn specifically why he/she has
decided to play the sport this season. The more you know about this, the
easier it will be to understand their behavior throughout the season and to
deal effectively with any motivational problems.
The Most Important Needs
Fun… the need for stimulation and excitement
Development…the need to learn and improve
To feel worthy…the need to feel important, competent and
*In the Zone - not too little…not too much*
How to help athletes experience being “in the zone”:
1) Fit the difficulty of skills to the ability of athletes
2) Keep training stimulating by using a variety of activities
3) Keep everyone active
4) Avoid constant instruction during practices & games
5) Do not constantly evaluate your athletes, especially during contest
*How do we know that our athletes are “in the zone”?*
They have the “flow experience”
Flow Experience: High
• Total immersion in activity
• Lose sense of time Anxiety
• Everything is going right
• Not bored or anxious
The player is so involved in Flow
what they are doing that they
aren’t thinking of themselves
as separate from the game; it is
so pleasing that it is Low Boredom
*The Coach must communicate the meaning of success to the players.*
• Today the player is better than he/she was yesterday
• The player has exceeded their own goals
• The player understands that competition is neither good nor evil, merely a
means by which they compare their abilities and efforts with others
• The player feels Important
• The achievement of success
*Effective communication is the key to player
*Creating an environment that is fun; that helps
players to become better and to feel worthy is the
goal of every successful coach.
“Athletes first…winning second!”
because this is...
Tom Goodman, M.Ed.
Director of Coaching
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