Coach Education

Coach to Develop Soccer Players
Every youth coach for all sports should view this video by Stan Van Gundy. While it pertains to basketball it is 100% relevant and applicable to youth soccer.
Click PLAYER DEVELOPMENT to watch.

Chris Gaughan
3/11/18 11:31 PM

Do Not Be THAT Coach - Cut Out The Lectures
In all modern soccer coaching courses we stress 'No Lines, No Laps, No Lectures'.

Do not be THAT coach.

If your practice sessions consist of lengthy lectures, if your pre-game and 1/2 time talks are long and ineffective, if after every game your routine is a circle of entrapped players, sitting with heads bowed as you pontificate and gesticulate while telling the players everything they did 'wrong', then please click LECTURES to read the excellent article 'Lecture Them Not'

Chris Gaughan
3/11/18 11:31 PM

Do Not Be THAT Coach - Running Laps
In all modern soccer coaching courses we stress 'No Lines, No Laps, No Lectures'.

Do not be THAT coach.
If you are sending your players to run multiple laps at every practice for:
-Warm-up
-Conditioning
-Punishment
-Stamina
-Discipline
then please click LAPS to read the excellent article titled 'Soccer Conditioning Running Laps'

Quote:
"A great pianist doesn't run around the piano or do push-ups with the tops of his fingers. To be great, he plays the piano"

Jose Mourinho


Chris Gaughan
3/11/18 11:33 PM

Do Not Be THAT Coach - Sideline Behavior
Do not be THAT coach.

Do you return from games hoarse from shouting? Do you, your assistant or the parents on the sideline regularly shout/yell at the referee, your own players and/or your opponents?
If so please click RESPECT to view the excellent video clip 'Ray Calls for Respect' from the English F.A.

Remember your game day responsibility consists purely of providing technical and tactical instruction from the confines of the technical area. As the head coach you are responsible for the behavior of yourself, your assistant(s) and your sideline.

Chris Gaughan
3/11/18 11:33 PM

Do Not Be THAT Coach - Handball Guidelines
Do you yell "HANDBALL!" or "COME ON REF!" every time the ball hits an arm? Do you turn to your parents/sideline, throwing up your arms making comments about the ref's eyesight or competence, or saying things like "How did he NOT see that?"? or "He must be watching a different game to the one I am watching?"?

Click HERE to read an excellent article on the misunderstood rule that is 'Handball'.

Chris Gaughan
3/11/18 11:32 PM

Do Not Be THAT Coach - Referees and Laws of the Game
As soon as the whistle blows to start the game, does your personality change? Do you fly off the handle when the ref misses a call? Do your veins start to bulge when a 'clear' offside call is not called? Does the ref have to come over to tell you to calm down? At half time and full time instead of talking to your players, do you make a beeline for the ref to discuss certain calls he made?
Do you, your assistant and your sideline/parents yell things like "Come on Ref", "Call it both ways", "Where's the call"?
Do you blame the ref for games your team loses?

Click on the attachment below to read the excellent article "Referees and the Laws of the Game - An Introduction for Coaches". Please read this to better understand the relationship all coaches need to have with the referees.

Remember your game day responsibility consists purely of providing technical and tactical instruction from the confines of the technical area. As the head coach you are responsible for the behavior of yourself, your assistant(s) and your sideline.


File: Referees_from_National_D_Manual.pdf
Chris Gaughan
3/11/18 11:32 PM

Do not be THAT Parent - Station Wagon Syndrome
For some kids playing soccer, their biggest battle doesnt occur on the field, but rather in the backseat of the car on the way home, as one or both parents give their minute-by-minute recap of the game.
Click on STATION WAGON SYNDROME to read the excellent article 'Bucking Station Wagon Syndrome'



Chris Gaughan
3/12/18 12:00 AM

Do not be THAT Coach - Yelling at Players
Do not be THAT coach.

As a coach or trainer it is your job to provide technical and tactical information to your players in a safe and enjoyable environment. It is NEVER acceptable to yell, belittle or demean players at practice or games.
Please click YELLING AT PLAYERS and spend five minutes viewing this excellent video clip by Dr. Alan Goldberg, an internationally known sports psychology consultant, whose work is referenced in many Youth coaching courses.

Chris Gaughan
3/12/18 1:07 PM

Let the Players Dribble
Its one of the most common screams heard on the youth soccer fields of America: "Pass it! Pass it! Pass it!"

Click HERE to read the excellent Soccer America Article on the importance of dribbling.

Chris Gaughan
3/15/18 10:00 PM

Defensive Strategy
Watch the following excellent clips on DEFENSIVE STRATEGY to understand game day defensive strategy.
Chris Gaughan
3/11/18 11:30 PM

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