How to Move Beyond a Negative Season as a Youth Coach

How to Move Beyond a Negative Season as a Youth Coach

Plenty of teams start the season struggling and end the season the same way, perhaps never winning a game or even getting close. This can wear on coaches. Such struggles might drive otherwise strong coaches from volunteering again, possibly depriving the kids of a dedicated role model who is focused on their development in the sport. One bad year shouldn’t be a reason to quit. Here are some ways a youth coach can move beyond a negative season:

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Keeping the Players' Attention

Keeping the Players' Attention

What you need is lots of PATIENCE. Do not look for any ‘drills’ to keep children active. All soccer players including your 4-5 year olds come to practice to PLAY! So make your first goal to: KEEP the PLAYERS and the SOCCER BALL MOVING in other words KEEP THEM ACTIVE – ALL THE TIME!

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What Players Aged 5-8 Should Focus On – A 4 Corner Model

What Players Aged 5-8 Should Focus On – A 4 Corner Model

In the future the best players will be those who can excel in a fast paced environment. There will be even greater demands on technique, tactical understanding and physical conditioning. Players must have fun and enjoy the learning process. The premise that players develop faster and experience more enjoyment in small side games is universally accepted and proven.

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Soccer Awareness Sliding Rondos Using One and Two Touches

Soccer Awareness Sliding Rondos Using One and Two Touches

Regular Rondos are great; and this one encourages players to rotate in and out as the ball is moved. So always looking to change positions off the ball and every player gets the chance to be the PIVOT player. Eventually ALL players on attack can move and interchange, outside to in, inside to out and outside to outside. If defenders win the ball they try to keep it.

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