In the monarchy of personal development, there are two things that I passionately believe in; people’s skills are as a worthy set of skills to grow, and coaching as an ideal method to employ. I believe in coaching because I believe that it can take your personal development faster and further in every area that you have interest in, and most especially when it comes to soccer.
I have been coaching soccer for the past 5 years and I can assure you it is not an easy task and so you need to have the required qualities. You also need to understand that coaching involves more than just designing plays for free kicks or team formations. It involves accepting a huge responsibility since you are in a position where parents have put their kids under your care. Below are some of the qualities that you need to possess as a soccer coach:
1. Good role model
As a soccer coach, you need to understand that your team needs someone worth imitating. A soccer coach needs to keep in mind that they are going to be their team’s leader who is relied on for their success. Being a role model means that you should teach them positive attitude to win a game. It would be a shame to teach something that you do not possess. You would be like someone who tells people how good beers that do not contain alcohol are, yet when asked to name one of them you do not know. To be a guru in knowing the best beer in the market, an individual needs to visit zencrumble.com to learn how he/she can get an opportunity to sip some of the best beers from all over the world. Likewise, to be a guru in soccer coaching you need to poses good qualities that can be copied by others.
A soccer coach needs to be the best time keeper. I always arrive 30 minutes earlier to manage the training set-up before my players arrive. This helps me save time and I am always able to focus on training objective by starting on time for every session. If a soccer coach arrives late, there are higher chances that soccer players will get bored or copy your behavior and start coming late as well. This is not good for any team since discipline is very important.
3. Good listener
A soccer coach should constantly seek his team’s involvement. One way to ensure there is team involvement is by asking for their views after every game. A coach needs to be a good listener because every player has his/her own brilliant idea to share, and it is good to keep on encouraging them to speak out and put whatever they say into consideration.
4. A good communicator
Communication in soccer coaching includes giving clear instructions in a friendly way, recognizing player’s performance, and encouraging them to do better. A coach needs to be careful when using words since children believe that a coach is always right and a negative comment can automatically lover a player’s self-esteem. Even if they do something wrong, find ways to positively convey your comment in a positive way.
5. Teaching soccer fundamentals
When coaching soccer, you need to understand that it is a game and players need to have fun. Therefore, you need to help them be the best they can by creating a fun and productive practicing environment. Use all the game’s approach to teaching and practicing tactics and skills that youngsters needs to learn. Also, you need to educate yourself to have a working understanding of defensive and offensive skills.
6. Direct players in the game
This is one trait that every soccer coach should possess. Soccer training cannot be successful if you do not guide the players when in the field. Game directions include figuring out starting line-up, relating to officials, and making good tactical decisions. The focus should not be on winning at all costs but rather teaching kids how to compete well and win.
When coaching kids, I always give them an opportunity to achieve their full potentials. I always remind them that soccer the most popular and enjoyable game in the world and kids should have as much fun as possible when training.