Yes. TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks.
We pick TED talks that we believe can help you in our world of youth soccer.
Here are the SFYS weekly recommended TED talks.
2017 fall season
Week 1 – Play is more than fun, it is vital. What better way to start the season than with a thought provoking TED with regards to the importance of play. Our players come to practice to PLAY, and Stuart Brown highlights how vital play is for them. Embrace this, along with the GOTW and be ready for a flying start to the season!
Week 2 – Learning from mistakes. All too often you hear the coach yell at the player who just gave the ball away or gave up a silly goal. Why? The poor kid knows they made the mistake, but your role as a coach is to coach the mistake. Stop yelling!
Week 3 – Asking for help is a strength. How many of your players are comfortable with asking for help? How many would rather do it wrong than ask? Perhaps the environment you create is designed for guided discovery, but making mistakes is different to doing it ‘wrong’ whereby the player loses confidence. Encourage players to ask questions!
Week 4 – The difference between Winning and Succeeding. This season we are having some issues with the mercy rule and teams getting blown out at prep and recreational levels. Now is an appropriate time to share the John Wooden talk about the difference in Winning and Succeeding. You can always find success in your games and practices. How do you identify the positives and successes? How much do you focus on the winning instead?
Week 5 – Every kid needs a champion. Kids learn from the people they like! Much like you and I. If I don’t like you, I am probably not going to listen as much as I would with someone I like / respect. How warm are you to the players, how much care do you show? Do you ask them about life beyond practice / school / friends / other sports? Personal attention at each practice – can you coach each individual or give each player some positive feedback? These are simple steps you can take to be the champion for each player will not only help them feel comfortable and accepted, but can go a long way to encouraging them to be life long players of the game due to the champion they had when they were younger.
Week 6 – How involved are your players? Adults can learn a lot from kids, if they just ask. Hence the question of how involved are your players? At practice, do you ask them about the game? What do they think they did good?
Do you then ask them what they should practice?
Most of you are parents first and no doubt have the ability to manipulate a conversation toward what your practice plan is, anyway, but allowing your players to give feedback may also help you understand what they see and how they feel. This could change your perspective on the game or practice, but either way it should help remind you that it is about the players.
Week 7 – Give them control. Much along the lines from last week, we ask if you can give the players control. No, you don’t have to give them the cones, goals, balls, and let them run wild. You could and that would be amazing (if you do, send pictures and video to firstname.lastname@example.org), however you can simply apply the SSG’s from the GOTW plans to put the players in challenging situations in which they can figure out the solutions. The long lasting effect of an individual successfully problem solving far outweigh the results of success from being told what to do.
Week 8 – Kids can teach themselves!? They absolutely can if you create the environment in which they can thrive. It doesn’t mean you put them in the GOTW and step back to admire them learning everything they need, but it means the environment is challenging and creating problems that they can start to solve. Numbers up games are excellent for this – 3v2, as an example. What did the player do? How could they do it differently? How can they win the game? E.G. create overloads and attack one defender with two attackers – they can figure this out with the correct questioning!
Week 9 – Spark the learning! Spark it and watch them go crazy! See how they challenge themselves, surprise you and engage with each other to solve the problem and enjoy the process. Soccer can be incredibly rewarding because solving the problem is to score a goal. Solving the problem over and over leads to more goals and to winning, which we all love to do!
Week 10 – Helping with the ‘magic’! What isn’t to love about the magic created in an environment that welcomes, engages, and challenges your players?