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Youth Soccer Coaching Magazine
Coaching Youth Soccer
By Koach Karl & Kevin Tupper
Koach Karl, I have a five year old son, soon to be six. We're thinking of signing him up for soccer and I'm thinking of volunteering as the coach. He has expressed interest in playing. I have a couple of concerns though. Koach Karl: In my opinion you are taking a very sound approach to getting your boy involved. First you mention that 'he has expressed interest in playing' shows that you are including your son in the decision making process. I believe it is extremely important that it is your sons decision that he wants to play rather than your influencing him. You are also making this a family project by including your wife, 'we are thinking of signing him up.' So far so good! Koach Karl: Having a playing background can only help in making you a good youth coach. Koach Karl: If you think you 'might not be a good coach for a bunch of 5 year old boys' then you are right. Koach Karl: I commend you for your enthusiasm to want to help your son. He is a very lucky young boy to have a father who is willing to give of his time. Koach Karl: Research has found that it is dangerous 'to compare' anyone to anyone else. There will always be someone smarter or dumber, faster or slower, taller or shorter, etc. Allow him to be himself and be the best himself that he can be - After all he is the best five-going-on six year old son that you have at this time - isn't he? Koach Karl: Are there standards of aggressiveness that a typical six year old Should have? If there are, I am not aware of them! Could it be possible that he does not know (yet) or is learning (still) 'how to' participate in these group activity? Could it be possible that he is still learning 'how to' socialize and is focusing on making friend rather than be good at the activity? Could it be possible that he is five years old going on six and he will become aggressive in due time? Koach Karl: Truthfully, I was tentative in getting back into the mix after breaking a bone. But, once the action got started the fears seemed to dissipate because I wanted to play. Does your son want to play? Have you asked him if he wants to play? Have you listened to his response? Have you allowed him to give you his answer? Koach Karl: Perhaps!!! But then again when will he be strong enough? Who will decide that he is strong enough? How will you (both) decide he is strong enough? What criteria will you use to tell you he is strong enough? Perhaps you should ask him (now) if he thinks he is strong enough to play. Listen to his answer and respond accordingly. If he does not want to play - that is OK! If he want to play - that is even more OK - because he will make Dad happy! Koach Karl Koach Karl, Thanks for the response. Some very worthwhile and thought provoking suggestions. FUNdamental Reader do you have any personal questions you might want to ask Koach Karl to answer?
Koach Karl - I know you are anxious to get going on the 'positioning' theme.Koach Karl - I was beginning to wonder when you would bring up the subject of player positioning.Koach Karl - A couple of areas????Koach Karl - The Routine comes first...: "Begin practice, Warm-up, One+One, One vs.One, (Break), Small Sided Games, Scrimmage, Cool-down, End Practice".Koach Karl - Get an assistant coach to help with this phase.Koach Karl - Please plan on having the girls learn 'the Routine'.Koach Karl - He is every beginning youth coach who is very anxious to help his players. Yes, he will 'get it' once he realizes that children are creatures of habit and habits are created through proper repetition.He will 'get it' once he can discipline himself to create a repetitive environment and not allow outside influences (coaches/players) to interfere with this environment. He will 'get it' once he and his players understand and are able to flow through the FUNdamental Soccer '9-Step Practice Routine.' :)Koach Karl - Love this beginning. Koach Karl - Oh, Oh!!!Koach Karl - You would have been better served to observe the girls' actions after you call out each and every 'buzz' word.Koach Karl - There is no excuse for you not being able to get to the 1+1 and 1vs.1 games.Remember, we had discussed spending 15 min. to Warm-up followed by 15 min. for the 1+1 and 1vs.1 games. (Taking a Break).Then 15 min. for Small Sided Games and finally 15 min. for the Scrimmage.Koach Karl - My, Oh - My!!! Koach Karl - Of course scrimmages are lots of FUN --- Why do you think our 9-Step Practice Routine ends with a scrimmage? Koach Karl - Oh, Oh!Koach Karl - Wouldn't you/they be better off playing in and environment where you can guarantee success?Koach Karl - Yeaaaah, the girls will get a chance to play Soccer.Koach Karl - Doing something 'pretty well,' taking into consideration, that this is their first time trying it should give us a glimmer of hope.Koach Karl - Sounds like everyone was busy either teaching or learning.Koach Karl - More progress with everyone still busy either teaching or learning Can't get any better than this, eh? Koach Karl - You think that things are going pretty well - Another good sign! Koach Karl - Girls playing Soccer and a Coach pleased with what he observed.No more comments necessary!Koach Karl - Girls given the opportunity to play and learn a game without interruption.What a concept.But wait!!!Koach Karl - What a difference in your response after running our '9-Step Practice Routine'Koach Karl - That is what I guaranteed!!!Koach Karl - Children get bored once they get it and you keep asking them to do it again and again.Koach Karl - Children get bored if they don't get it and you keep asking them to do it again and again.Koach Karl - You allowed them to play Soccer and that made it alright.In the future keep your games Even Sided and without restrictions.Koach Karl - Of course they liked the scrimmage :) They have played this game before and understand what is expected.Koach Karl - And were they smiling??????????? Koach Karl - Your schedule for the next practice is above.Koach Karl - You have been advised.Koach Karl - I am surprised that because you did not take the time to teach them what to expect at YOUR practices is coming-back at you this soon.Koach Karl - Nothing we can do about the weather :)Koach Karl - Again, this will be alleviated once you begin to introduce and consistently follow the Steps in our 9-Step Practice Routine.Koach Karl - Half of 1.5 hour doing something new that they don't understand and maybe don't enjoy could feel like a life time of pure torture to an 8-9 year old.Koach Karl - Your scaling has been covered in the schedule above.Koach Karl - Way too many themes.Koach Karl - More themes that will be introduced once they are able to run a session pretty much on their own.Be Patient..!Koach Karl holds licenses and certifications including USSF Referee instructor, FIFA International Youth Coaching Academies, Dutch coaching courses, and DFB German Football Association "A" license, among others. His personal philosophy on youth soccer is, "The outcome of our children is infinitely more important than the outcome of any game they will ever play". View my complete profile Koach Karl - I know you are anxious to get going o ... Coaching Youth Soccer with Koach Karl Koach Karl'sFUNdamental
Koach Karl - Here's a great exercise from FUNdamental Soccer Coach Jaime Howard...Koach Karl,Koach Karl holds licenses and certifications including USSF Referee instructor, FIFA International Youth Coaching Academies, Dutch coaching courses, and DFB German Football Association "A" license, among others. His personal philosophy on youth soccer is, "The outcome of our children is infinitely more important than the outcome of any game they will ever play". View my complete profile Koach Karl's
FUNdamental Thanksgiving From Koach KarlCoaching Youth Soccer with Koach Karl Dewazien: FUNdamental Thanksgiving From Koach KarlCoaching Youth Soccer with Koach Karl Dewazien Coaching Youth Soccer with America's Favorite Youth Soccer Coach - Koach Karl Dewazien USSF "A" LicencedMonday, November 20, 2006FUNdamental Thanksgiving From Koach Karl Koach Karl holds licenses and certifications including USSF Referee instructor, FIFA International Youth Coaching Academies, Dutch coaching courses, and DFB German Football Association "A" license, among others. His personal philosophy on youth soccer is, "The outcome of our children is infinitely more important than the outcome of any game they will ever play". View my complete profile Koach Karl's
By Koach Karl & A FUNdamental Coach
Koach Karl: I did not misunderstand - I just think it is a privilege to take the so called rejects and teach them to 'love to play soccer' something these winning coaches do not do - we are finding over 70% of the players quit between 10 and 14 - because some coach 'won' lots of games - but never taught the kids to love to play - and that is what I would like for you to focus on - teach them to love to play and stay in the game - not just play so that they can win. FUNdamental Coach: Then the parents think I am not a good coach... Koach Karl: Wrong focus you should not judge your coaching ability according to the parents. If you lose -its because - and you've given me the reasons - but, if you 'win' then its' because their kids are making you look good - try to please the parents and you will always get the short end. FUNdamental Coach: Why is it that my team always loses? Koach Karl: Because they are not as good as the opponent - they need to work harder - this year and then watch out what will happen next year. FUNdamental Coach: It is because I am never given older players. Koach Karl: I am not sure what age has to do with - working hard to improve - and over time become better than others? The goal should not be to just win today - but, be a winner in the future - high school, college or pro -if that is their goal (not their parents' goal). FUNdamental Coach: I don't mean it as something bad, just it hurts the players. Koach Karl: If they are playing that should be reward in itself - some kids can't play sports - now that is painful. These children should thank the good Lord for giving them the tools to put on a uniform -be able to run -etc.... FUNdamental Coach: My son is always losing and he is frustrated about it. Koach Karl: Then he should work on personal improvement - he will NOT always be on this particular team -but, his skills will always be part of him. FUNdamental Coach: He just wants to play for a winning team. Koach Karl: Wouldn't we all? And what if everyone played on a winning team -then we would have no losing teams - therefore, we would have no competition. If he wants to be a competitor then he should be working on becoming the best he can be -and give up this dream of playing - for only winning dreams - this is not reality! FUNdamental Coach: His dream is to play in collage and pro. Koach Karl: Great dream to have - now he needs to work very hard to make his dreams come true. FUNdamental Coach: He is gifted in the game . Koach Karl: So are hundreds of thousands of kids across the country - but, very few work hard to reach the level that they would like to be at college or pro level. FUNdamental Coach: Many coaches have told me he has what it takes. He just needs the right teaching. He was watched by collage coach in Ga. and he told me if he could get with a really good coach he would like to see him in a few years, so I would like to help him. That is why I ask you. Please do not think I am putting down the children because I am not. Koach Karl: I have heard many adults build parents and children's dreams by making statements like your college coach - but, where are they when the players need to work hard on their basic skills? Coaches do not make better players - It is the individual who can make himself a better player - That is why I said in an earlier email - he should be playing as much soccer as possible - and not just at practice! FUNdamental Coach: I was just asking for help in how to go about teaching them the right way. Koach Karl: And I am trying to guide you in the 'right' direction. FUNdamental Coach: I seem to lose them part way through practice. Koach Karl: I sent you the suggested Practice Session - where they play - either 1vs.1, small sided games, or in a scrimmage - if they are PLAYING then you will not lose them - and that is a promise!!! FUNdamental Coach: I am not sure about placement on the field in running the game. helping them learn game strategies and game players. Koach Karl: Let's get you to feel comfortable in running a practice session - where you do not lose them - then we can work on this advanced stuff. They need the basics, fitness and 'loving to come to practice' before we want to work on positioning, etc. FUNdamental Coach: Again thanks. Koach Karl: You are very welcome - and thanks for trying to self-improve so that the children will benefit. Your FUNdamental, Koach Karl FUNdamental Reader: Have any questions to ask Koach Karl?