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"Discipline" Problems

 A quick note about "discipline" problems with very young soccer players. There's really only one rule the kids must follow:  Be respectful to each other and the coach. Other than that, as a coach, you have to remember this is play time for the kiddos.  You want them to learn soccer skills, but forcing them to do this or that will only backfire.  As a coach, you prepare their environment, demonstrate the desired activity, and then invite them to explore it to their hearts content.   They may refuse the invitation.  That's okay.  Maybe they just want to watch.  Maybe they want to do something completely different.  This is where you invite their parent to take over while you pay attention to...

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Creative Energy

When we see our child create, it strikes a chord in our soul that brings us joy. We're "happy" when they clean up their toys, but we're "thrilled" when they give us a drawing. It's the same with soccer, if we give them a chance. If we allow them to create, the game will be better for them and better for us.  As Leonard Read said, "To hamper Creative Energy, in any manner, as it attempts to manifest itself in mankind, is to thwart Creation. Standing against Creation is no role for little, fallible man!" They may not be doing things they way we'd like, but if they're doing no harm, who are we to "correct" them. Our children naturally...

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Ask the Child, "Why?"

Why should a child learn a new skill?  Because he wants to do something.  Why does he want to do that thing?  Because... As a coach, we can often see what the children need to do to play better soccer.  We have several options ranging from talking, demonstrating, or even clever small-sided games.  Rather than delivering  to them the "right" answer, we might want to try and educate ourselves instead. Ask the child "Why?".  Then ask "Why?" again.  Ask five times. We call this 5-why analysis.  You will be amazed.  Behavior that was mystifying suddenly becomes clear.  Rather than addressing the symptom, you'll address the root cause.  In many cases, where you may have been frustrated, you will find yourself smiling....

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Our Old Coach's Blog is Dead; Long Live the Coach's Blog

Our old coach's blog has been retired.  The picture at the left is from the first entry way back in Nov. 2007.  The reason for retiring the blog is that the coach isn't coaching soccer anymore (for now).  The kids still play, but in a playground setting instead.  I still get stories about the goals, saves, and big kicks, but I don't have those coaching plans running through my head like I used to. However, I was thinking of restarting the blog here and going over coaching our very youngest soccer players.  Our 4 and 5 year old players think so differently compared to adults.  I've learned so much about this over the years that I think it might be valuable....

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