Coaching, Referees

Referee View of Yelling Coaches

Excerpted from excellent articles by Mike Woitalla

link : How coaches’ mouths lose games 
“I suspected this many times as a coach and spectator, but it comes through even more clearly when I referee: Coaches can destroy their teams with the way they shout from the sidelines.”

Mike’s recommendations for youth coaches:

* Referee some games — to get an up-close look — and watch how the children react to getting screamed at. Decide for yourself if it brings out the best in them.

* Do not prowl the sidelines. Watch from a chair. Nervous energy makes one want to stand and pace, but the children notice how unnerved you are and it doesn’t instill confidence. (Further Reading: Claudio Reyna: ‘Coaches should sit down’)

* When you spot the mistake or bad decision — and that urge hits to address it with a scream from the sidelines — instead of yelling, jot it down in a notebook as something you’ll bring up in an unemotional way at halftime or at a future practice.

* If you have a really hard time suppressing the desire to articulate your frustration, chat with your assistant coach.

* Consider the probability that what’s going wrong in the game might be your fault.


link : Screaming at Children — A Ref’s Eye View
“It seems that the lower the ages, the more screaming. And the result is usually that their performance suffers as their confidence drains.”


Mike Woitalla, the executive editor of Soccer America, is co-author, with Tim Mulqueen, of The Complete Soccer Goalkeeper and co-author with Claudio Reyna of More Than Goals: The Journey from Backyard Games to World Cup Competition. Woitalla’s youth soccer articles are archived at

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