CONNECTIONS Fellow Coaches, PARENTS, the Game.

CONNECTIONS Fellow Coaches, PARENTS, the Game. Coaching is guiding not controlling, it is inspiring not forcing. It is finding the sweet spot where you stretch them enough to nurture growth. Truly great coaches coach the game within the youth, through intelligent practice design and providing the correct learning environment; by providing the appropriate challenge and…

CONNECTIONS Fellow Coaches, PARENTS, the Game.

Coaching is guiding not controlling, it is inspiring not forcing. It is finding the sweet spot where you stretch them enough to nurture growth. Truly great coaches coach the game within the youth, through intelligent practice design and providing the correct learning environment; by providing the appropriate challenge and assistance over time. They understand the aim of coaching, Coaching is a craft and the aim is to assist you in developing your craft.

  • Coaching is all about continuous improvement and not perfection. There are no magic formulas. You must be willing to work at your craft.
  • Coaching is Becoming Creative

 

                                                                       Connecting with your Fellow Coaches as a Coaching Team

Chances are you will be coaching your team with the assistance of a number of other coaches or helpers. If not, your first job is to recruit help.

Enlist people with different skills sets that can add value and may enjoy tasks that perhaps you don’t have the time, inclination or skill set for. Connection in a coaching team is vital.

If you are ‘Head Coach’ it is your responsibility to plan the coaching session and incorporate your fellow coaches. This plan can have clear roles and responsibilities for each coach. Coaches can be furnished with the plan and aligned to its broad objectives. In this way, all coaches feel connected to the team and the session, and can bring their own unique qualities to the table. This is a practice you must invest a little time and thought into it while working towards making it simple and maintainable. We will look at session planning later and also look at the Coaching Team Model, which is where you really want to be heading to with this, ‘Cohesive Collective Coaching’. Do you currently actively and purposeful connect your coaching team?

What can you see as the advantages of providing a structure whereby your fellow coaches can add value and utilise their skill set for the betterment of the team?

 

                                                                                      Connecting with Parents                   

“Win the child, win the parent” is a good motto but it is also true to say, “win the parent, win the child”.

Your connection with the parent is very important. You don’t need to be great friends with them however if you present yourself as a competent person who has the best interests of the child at heart then you are on a winner. (Duty of CARE)

Something as simple as a beginning of year meeting where you outline your programme for the year can create the bond. If you prepare properly for the meeting I am confident it will be a most useful exercise. When people understand, they support.

Create a simple Parent Booklet sharing with them your values and visions, your expectations and how you do things. This will help them understand, appreciate and support. You are raising awareness among the parents and awareness will lead to greater connection.

They will become your greatest allies.

 

                                                                          Connecting Everything to The Game

Everything we do in a training session must be bolstered in, connected to performance in the game. You must be able to justify every detail of the session, especially as they mature.

You must show them how it relates to the game, where it fits in or where it transfers into the game. In order to be fully motivated, players need to be aware of the connection to the real game situation. They must believe in what they are doing and why they are doing it., we are explaining to them what we are trying to achieve and why. Your research will help you see these connections very clearly and allow you share them with the youngsters.

You will soon be able to make clearer connections to performance. For example you will see how a nice piece of footwork, team work or an act of courage in a game will transfer to performance. You will see the leadership qualities emerge when you give a youngster the responsibility of selecting their team for an in-session game. This will drive your ability sky high, which in turn, will allow your players to flourish. Better still, you can ask them can they see where it fits in. Over time they will become very aware of how the different elements transfer into performance. Their awareness of connections will lead them to embrace, appreciate and engage with the game at a higher level. It will drive their precision and application to whatever skill execution they are doing. This is vitally important for motivation and learning.

 

Coaches (Ideas only for Parent Meeting)

                                          Being a role model in everyday relationships, because young people need consistency.

  • Respecting young people in our thoughts, words and actions so not to contribute to feelings of hurt and possibly provoke anger and violence.
  • Being aware of the effect that our thoughts, words and expressions can have on our young people
  • To regain our inner calm
  • Listening properly, taking it in
  • Seeing the uniqueness in each young person and help them recognise to express these qualities themselves
  • Knowing how to resolve our own conflicts in a non-violent way
  • ------ with other adults / teachers / your boss
  • ------ with other young people school mates / friends/ team- mates / opposition
  • Recognise when you did or said something that was not consistent with your intension of respect and consideration, and take back those words or behaviour.

 

                                       Paying attention to ourselves in order to pay better attention to the young people.

  • Being aware that our own state of mind has a direct affect on the receptiveness of a young person and the quality of our relationship with them
  • Listen to ourselves and our conscience
  • Recharging our batteries regularly so as to maintain our energy levels
  • Re-centering ourselves in difficult situations
  • Asking for support and respect

Dealing with aggression or violence

  • Breaking the cycle of violence rather than feeding it
  • Understanding the source of the violence
  • Accepting youngsters unconditionally, while at the same time setting clear boundaries
  • Continue to listen even when a young person is being aggressive, being calm in our own mind set

Learning how to handle intense, competition related emotions

  • Dissociating our personal worth from our teams result
  • Detaching ourselves emotionally from the result and focusing on watching the game from a performance perspective.

                                                                       

                                                                             We are all educators of life.

                      Respect on the ground

Football is one of the most emotionally charged of all sports

It is a fantastic training ground for the emotional and personal development for young people

On the training track

  • Helping everyone to get more enjoyment out of training and games
  • Improving players individual and team performance
  • Preventing and defusing violence on the ground a
  • Encouraging respect on the training track and in the game

This allows the Coach to get the most from his role, supported by the PARENTS

Giving young people the opportunity to

  • Understand themselves better,
  • Feel better about themselves
  • Enjoy easier and happier relationships,
  • Perform better and to be more successful in everything they do
  • Preventing violence and creating a respectful society.
  • while at the same time setting clear boundaries

ENJOY THE LIFE / SPORT EXPERIENCES

 

 

 

 

 

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