Coaching Tips


Coaching Tips

Once you have been assigned your team contact each player by phone or email,

  • Introducing yourself as the coach,
  • Let them know their team name.
  • Schedule a player/parent meeting to go over the details of the season

If you know of a parent that would make a good manager you can contact them directly and set up a meeting, otherwise you will need to ask for a volunteer to be manager at your team meeting.  Your manager will be taking care of the team details and needs a clear understanding of what you need them to do for you and the team.


Player/Parent Meeting


Coaches need to have a team meeting with both the players and the parents as early as possible. At this meeting the coach needs present a well thought out plan of what to expect for the upcoming season of soccer. This is a guideline that you set up with your personal expectations for your team. It needs to be clear and concise for you and your team and the parents. It is important that once these team expectations are put in place that you, your team and the parents consistently follow them. Make sure you can uphold your expectations throughout the season.

Have your Team Handbook ready and go through it point by point. Make sure that everyone (parents, players and Team staff) has read it and understands it. That way there won’t be any misunderstandings later in the season.

Have a list of tournaments that you would like to enter with dates included.  Remember you have to take into account the number of tournaments and the amount of travel the team (players and parents) are willing to do, as well as what works for your schedule.


Team Handbook

Below is an example of a well thought out “Team Handbook”.  Feel free to edit it to suit your needs. Have as much detail in each section as you need to get your intentions across. 

 

Remember: You must be able to adhere to your handbook intentions.

 

            Your handbook should include:

  • Aurora team name
  • Season
  • Roster
  • Team Staff
    • Head Coach
    • Assistant Coach
    • Manager

 

Welcome Players & Parents 


This season will be an exciting soccer journey which will include: a variety of training sessions (tactical/agility), league play, & tournament play.  It is my objective to provide players & parents an enjoyable soccer season. 
Committing to play at the premier level requires ‘intrinsically’ motivation; players should not need to be pushed by parents to attend soccer activities. 


About Myself

  • Personal info - married, children, employment, why you have become a coach
  • Soccer memberships, board member, etc.
  • Coaching Experience

 
Coaching Philosophy/Method

 

This section is very important. What you state here is what the players and parents will expect from you. Put a lot of thought into this section and be honest with yourself.

My coaching philosophy is based on the ‘guided discovery’ approach.  This approach was developed following extensive research & it is recognized as an effective learning & coaching method.


Key points:

  • Individual & team skills are best developed through the ‘trial & error’ process.
  • Players are fully engaged in a discovery problem-solving process.  Through reflection, they gain a deeper level of understanding of how specific actions led to specific outcomes.
  • Best outcomes are achieved through constructive feedback delivered in a timely and respectful manner. 

My coaching philosophy does not support micro management of players or yelling for any reason during games or training.   You will hear me asking questions of players &/or supporting player decisions.  My silence or lack of yelling should not be perceived as a lack of engagement, I am always intently focused on player decisions and the tactical flow of the game. I encourage parents to refrain from ‘coaching’ from the stands as this results in confusion, for not only your daughter, but for the team.  Parents play an important role in player development. I appreciate parent support and encourage direct communication with parents.  Training sessions are open to parents.  Our players are youth players, not adult professional soccer players, isolating parents from their child’s development is a recipe for failure.



Developmental Objectives


My primary objective is team development, within a competitive stream environment. This is achieved through the growth & development of the player.  Player development components include technical, tactical, psychological and relationships. Players complying with team expectations will experience growth and development from both a sport and life perspective. 

Training focus: 80% tactical, 20% technical.  Motivated players develop skill by practicing skills at home, outside of training.  Touches/contact with a soccer ball creates ‘muscle memory’.  Donate 20 mins of cell phone time to touches and/or do the triangle drill.


Expectations

Explain clearly, what commitment level you expect from your team and how you will track this and what consequences are when these are not being met.

  1. Commitment: 
  • Commit to your team’s soccer activities.  Illness, school projects/activities and family functions are generally viewed as acceptable reasons for absence.
  • Training with other programs and/or participating in other activities must be secondary to your commitment to the team.
  1. Attendance at training and games:
  • Attendance is tracked - Poor attendance and/or regular lateness will result in decrease playing time and will result in dismissal from the team.
  • Timeliness is important: Arrive at whatever time ensures that you are ready for:
    • Pre-training discussion - Commences 15 mins prior to the session.
    • Pre-game discussion - Commences 30 mins prior to game time.
  1. Conduct/Behaviour:

This section is important to eliminate potential bad behavior. If left unaddressed you will be dealing with personality issues rather than soccer. This can destroy a season for a player and potentially lead to not playing soccer again. Players should never feel uncomfortable coming to play soccer.

We will create a positive culture.  Culture drives behavior, behavior drives habits, and habits drive performance.

  • Choose the right attitude and manage your emotions > respectful behavior to all.
  • Attention and eye contact during discussions.
  • Cliques are prohibited - Captain’s will be responsible to ensure a positive team environment.
  • Offensive language, harassing/bullying behaviours will not be tolerated and will result in dismissal from the team.
  • Leave every facility/location in better condition than when we arrived.
  • Cell phone use - strictly prohibited upon arrival at pitch or facility.  
  • Social media - know the risks associated with your choices.
  • Attention to hygiene - players will maintain personal hygiene and ensure kits, cleats, bags are clean. Hand sanitizer in bags is recommended.
  1. Dress Code:

Let your team know what you expect here for practice, games, and tournaments.

  1. Fitness:

Make this age appropriate - stress importance of your fitness expectations. It doesn’t matter what division a player is playing, fitness is key to improvement as a player and health of a player.

  • “Soccer fitness” is critical to performance & injury performance, especially in young female soccer players (knee injury/ACL).
  • ‘Soccer’ jogging - 10km/week; interval sprints of 30 meters every 200-300 meters.
  • FIFA 11+ Injury Prevention (ACL injury) exerci
  1. Nutrition and Hydration
  • Pre-game/Pre-training: carbohydrates (energy)
  • Post-game/post-training: protein (recovery)
  1. Technical Training at Home
  • 200-300 touches (Triangle Drill).
  1. Illness/Injury

Stress the importance of this. You can only judge a player’s performance on what you know.

  • Notify team staff of medical condition (chronic or acute).
  • Injuries - Moderate/Severe (sprains/strains): seek medical assessment (sports rehab PT).
  • Concussion/head injury:  player immediately removed from play and will seek medical assessment.  Return to play when safe to do so (SCAT Protocol).
  • Minor aches/bruises/illnesses:  Player is expected to attend training/games.

Should you require any further information please feel free to contact:


Coach Recruitment and Development
Aurora Soccer Club
TD@aurorasoccer.ca

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