Week 1 of the season is complete. How did it go? If you’re being honest and are finding yourself thinking it could be a tough season, then fear not.It’ll only be a tough season if you allow the season to be evaluated on the wins / losses / playoff results. Look outside of your division… Read More It could be a tough season…
34 coaches.2 hours in a classroom.2 hours on the field.SFYS Coaching Symposium complete! Part 1 –Classroom.– What were you told by your coach, when you played?– Did your coach tell you why?– Identify the your ‘style of play’ – meet others with the same ideas.– Identify the team behaviors (‘team tactical principles‘) in the different… Read More Coaches Symposium.
What are you doing on August 24th? SFYS is hosting the second coaching symposium and we’re encouraging you to join. Why?We will spend two hours in the office. The focus? Working on YOUR SEASON PLAN. Not anyone else’s plan, but yours. Why?You’re the one on the field with your players. You have the collective goals… Read More Coaches Symposium.
What are you saying to your players?Have you ever recorded yourself to get an idea of what you are actually saying?I say ‘check’ a lot.I talked about it in this episode of Heads and Volleys with Patrick King, but what do I really mean by it? Examples.#3 has the ball in his hands. Throw in.… Read More 1 word ~ 1,000 meanings
Coaches complain about kids being more engaged in video games than in sports, but they’re not sure why. “Kids just aren’t the same as they used to be” I remember when I was a kid…I think that “I remember when I was a kid” is a very good place to start.When you were a kid,… Read More Fortnite 1 – 0 ‘Fossil’ Coach
1 month until tryouts. Nightmare. Stay recreational? Stay with your school team, friends, and community. Tryout for Competitive teams? A whole new world, possible travel, make new friends, play in the world cup. The pressure and the uncertainty is what we deal with mostly during this time of year in the SFYS office. So, we… Read More Tryouts. Argh!
Welcome to the 5th and final part of this Grasssroots Coaching series. In your practice you have gone from play, to practice, and now we’re going right back to play. Wrap up the practice phase with a recap on who, what, where, when, and why. Then, I love to ask a simple question of the players… Read More Grassroots Coaching – Part 5
Practice! This is the part that all coaches feel that they are on the field for. Get the cones out, get the pinnies out, and lets get some ‘structure’ to this. It’s time for the coach to get control of this. Well, the introductory play portion is structured, you just don’t have ‘control’ of it… Read More Grassroots Coaching – Part 4
Play. Watch. Part one of the Grassroots soccer coaching methodology is play. Seems too simple? The players are there to play, so why not play? Your own experience of ‘play’ at practice is likely to have been at the end of the practice – do good / play hard and get rewarded with a scrimmage.… Read More Grassroots Coaching – Part 3
As we head into part 2 of this 5-part mini series, take a moment to reflect on your next practice and setting up with the 5 W’s. What Where Who When Why Constant questions to improve your ability to read the game and challenge your player appropriately. And we move into the core of part… Read More Grassroots Coaching – Part 2