Principles of Youth Coaching

        Developmentally appropriate.

        Clear, concise & correct information



        Relevance  (relate to the game, implications for the game).

        Simple to Complex  progression.

        Safe & appropriate training area

        Does child feel comfortable enough to take a risk (psychological aspect).

        Decision Making: Do they have to think?

        3 Lís = No Lines, No Laps, No Lectures


Coaches Activities Checklist

        Are the activities fun?

        Are the activities organized?

        Are all the players involved in the activities?

        Is creativity & decision making being used?

        Are the spaces used appropriately?

        Is the coaches' feedback appropriate?

        Are there implications for the game?


Involving the Parents

Some topics that you may want to address at the first practice are:

        Respect/Player Code of Conduct: towards coaches, teammates, opponents, referees and themselves.

        Team Manager, toll-free number and web-site for info.

        Carpool needs.

        Training and game schedules. How you feel about starting and ending on time, what your attendance expectations are, what you think is a good excuse to miss training.

        What each player should bring to training: inflated ball, filled water bottle, soccer attire, shin guards (Cleats are not mandatory.)

        Most importantly, your philosophy about coaching U-x players. Let them know that everyone plays; that the game does not look like the older player's games; that you are there to ensure that their player is safe and has a good time, as well as learn about soccer.

        What your expectations for them are during game time. How do you want them to cheer? Do they know that they should not coach from the sidelines?

        Above all, try to enjoy yourself. If you do they probably will too.


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