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Role of the coach:
  • Provide a safe, fun, educational environment for all players.
  • Help players become competent and creative with the ball – but also to become independent thinkers on the field (i.e. the coach does not talk players through the game constantly).
  • Be aware of physical, mental and emotional characteristics of players.
  • Players must be free of the fear of ‘making a mistake’, losing a game and ‘letting the coach down’.
  • Winning games is not important. The common perception is that if a team is winning – the coach is good and if the team is losing – the coach is poor. The coach must communicate with players/parents and also not judge themselves on the results on game day.
  • Planning – appropriate and effective
  • Set up – grids to be set up before practice
  • Motivation – get players focused and engaged from the word go.
  • Communication – be loud and only speak when you have everyone’s attention.
  • Manner – be up-beat; keep things short and to the point.
  • Coaching – introduce coaching points progressively, not all at once.
  • Position – move around the group and see all players.
  • Questioning – ask open questions and challenge players
  • Recap – go over key areas numerous times to ensure understanding
Vital components of any children’s practice:
  • Warm up – running, jumping, skipping, chasing, hopping. Focus players and explain aim of session.
  • Ball familiarity – all players should have a ball and be allowed high levels of repetition without pressure of rules or opposition.
  • Fun games – facilitate games where by the players ‘learn without realizing’ and become comfortable on the ball.
  • Small sided games – every practice should end with a small scrimmage
Progressive coaching method (6 steps):
  1. Warm up – relate to session topic
  2. Unopposed practice – provide high levels of repetition
  3. Opposed practice – gradually increase pressure, could be time/space/opponent
  4. Game related practice – add direction/goals
  5. Coached scrimmage – reinforce skills learnt throughout session.
  6. Cool down – can simply be Q & A about key skills from session

DYS Coach Education
Tips for a successful practice: 

  1. Plan your session in advance – take plan to session
  2. Check equipment needs – balls, cones, bibs, etc
  3. Set a good example – arrive early for session
  4. Do not use valuable practice time stretching – players can do this while you set up
  5. Start each session on time
  6. Keep explanations/instructions brief and to the point
  7. Do not talk unless you have all players attention
  8. Introduce coaching points one at a time
  9. Provide a demonstration, or have a player demonstrate
  10. Vary the tone and inflection of your voice
  11. Move around the area and correct individual techniques
  12. If an activity is not working – make adjustments or change activity
  13. Provide feedback but do not commentate throughout the session
  14. Do not allow more accomplished players to get bored – Challenge all
  15. Allow players to rehydrate frequently
  16. Use breaks to reinforce key coaching points
  17. Constantly reinforce good behavior
  18. Sit out disruptive players – do not take time away from the group
  19. Recap at end with Q & A to check players understanding
  20. Have fun