I don’t know if you know this but communication is the most important element to succeed in coaching high school soccer. The term coaching signifies the art of communication. It explains what you want of people in such a way that allows them to perform it.
In soccer coaching, I’ve come to notice that generally the former players have assumed the responsibility of being coaches. Yet, there are a number of issues that they are forced to handle. These issues come up due to the inability to communicate properly. You must recognize that there are certain issues related to communication that need special attention if your job is to be made easier.
I’ll explain them one by one.
Coaches generally allow their emotions to become involved while watching their kids play. The coaches become spectators instead of adopting a critical approach to observing the kids. They ignore the important facets of the game that could improve the team’s performance significantly. As such they lose the focus on directing the team towards a win by way of an effective conversation.
Although coaches have a complete knowledge of the game, but they have a little training in communication. For example; in soccer coaching, many coaches are not aware of the utility of a flip chart or a video. The daily practice gets monotonous when there are communication gaps even though the coach may be technically very sound.
This is especially important in coaching high school soccer since the players have been into the sport for quite some time. They have been doing these soccer drills for some time but at different levels. One effective method is to continuously vary the format of training in order to avoid the repetition of boring messages.
It’s a fact that sometimes the coaches completely forget that it is people who perform in the practice sessions. They tend to get carried away in the process of coaching and training. An example of ineffective communication by a coach is when he fails to use a player's name while giving instructions which produces uncertainty.
In football coaching, there are some points that need special attention and they are as follows:
Every message coming from the coach carries equal importance. So ensure that they are understood completely and correctly.
? Use positive language that encourages players to give their best shot. Let them become better players with every passing day rather than pointing out their weaknesses.
Pay equal attention to each player in the team. It has come to light through various studies that coaches spend much more time with their top players (up to seven times more!).
? Be proactive in communicating the problem the moment you see it coming.
? Reinforce the player's self esteem by balancing praise with criticism. In coaching high school soccer, the balance should be a bit more towards the praise.
Believe me. Once you start to apply this in your training programs, the benefits will far exceed your expectations.
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