September 14, 2010
Coaching Youth Socccer by Andre Botelho
Coaching youth soccer drills and nurturing teamwork spirit is not an easy task for a youth soccer coach. This is something every youth soccer coach should be aware to ensure his success. You must be aware that the game of soccer is a team sport and is ruled by the combination of efforts of all players.
Sometimes the most talented players are used to worry only about themselves and that can harm the harmony of the group and also the success of the team. Such teams and players have a low success rate.
The definition of teamwork starts when each player understands that he is part of a team. This represents that each kid has his own contribution to the team, and all are important in equal parts. Another important aspect to consider is that you should praise the all team when things go well and blame them all too when things go wrong. Teach your team to look at mistakes as a team’s error and not as a Player X or Y mistake. No one is free to make a mistake.
Develop teamwork by getting everyone involved and not by ignoring some kids just because they are shy or do not have good skills. Do a few simple activities that would encourage the team to work together and be involved- though they don’t have to be friends, everyone does need to understand that the team only works when everyone is involved.
Make sure you are aware of some people that may have the intention to break your team’s spirit by making other people’s minds against each other. Make sure you deal with this right away and don’t let it spread like a virus. Make sure you let your players know that they can have a word with you at all time if they need or if they have some concern.
Keep the motivational levels of your team high by letting them create some kind of winning dance or song that they can perform before games. Having team badges or shirts is another great way to kindle the spirit of belonging among your players. If you see your players off the field wearing their team badge or shirt, you can be sure they have plenty of team spirit and are proud of it. Make sure you are persistent and implement some of these tips when coaching youth soccer drills.
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