Connections

Connecting the Elements of Training within the Session Plan Doc 3 Each coaching session must have balance between physical, social, technical/skill, tactical/team play and mental, at a very minimum. The effectiveness of the session depends on the connection of all the elements and the balance between them. This is not to say you can’t change…

Connecting the Elements of Training within the Session Plan Doc 3

Each coaching session must have balance between physical, social, technical/skill, tactical/team play and mental, at a very minimum. The effectiveness of the session depends on the connection of all the elements and the balance between them. This is not to say you can’t change a session in a given direction, but all the elements need to be noticed and they need to be connected. A coach must be able to build and connect the session through precise planning. The session must flow. Your research and planning will help you here

 

Connecting Coaching Sessions to Each Other

This connection is the top end and one we are all looking to master; connecting session to session and ultimately all of our sessions into a comprehensive and appropriate training programme. This becomes increasingly important as we aim to stretch the youngsters. Through your coaching you are obviously looking for improvement, retention and transfer into performance. The truth of the matter is we don’t really know how effective our current training session has been until the following session has what we were aiming to coach, has been retained to a satisfactory level? In order to assess this, after the warm up, you can put in a challenge or  game, without discussion or prompting, which allows them the opportunity to work on the skills or scenario you worked on in the previous session. Your job now is to observe how good recall and retention has been from the previous session and then you can work from this point and put in interventions based on what we see.

 

Over time the players learn that training and practice is all about learning and improvement as opposed to SIMPLY DOING. It helps to develop intelligent, engaged players. They get a deeper appreciation of improvement and an awareness of their absolute central role in it. Over time this heightens their attentional focus and application to the session.

At a basic level you can ask,

What am I going to do today and why?

How does it relate to what I did in the previous session?

How will I know if they have retained any of what I was attempting to coach previously?

How does it relate to what I'm going to do next week and beyond?

It really comes down to researching, refining and reflecting; through knowing what you are trying to achieve and how best to do this.

Summary Points

Coaching is an interpersonal relationship.

Connect with every player.

Facilitate social activities:

Connect the team.

We would like them to play the game long term.

Connect them to their future in the game, the team and the club.

Connect with your fellow coaches and utilise their skill sets.

Together we can achieve so much.

Connect with the parents.

Make them your ally.

Connect everything you do in training, back to the game or sport.

The youngsters must understand why they are doing it.

Connect the session.

Balance the mental, physical, technical/ skills, and tactical/team play.

The session must flow.

Connect your training sessions into a comprehensive, progressive and logical program.

 

Aspirations from a youth player point of view

  • To explore my talents, contribute to achievements, to create, deep and meaningful experiences which contribute to life, celebrate successes, accept defeats, learn to relax and enjoy.

Esteem

  • To feel valued, to live in harmony with ourselves, our lifestyle and our values

Belonging

  • To express ourselves, to be heard and understood, to be noticed (for right reasons), to experience affection, tenderness, respect, trust, honesty, love, belonging to a group, to have support and be treated fairly, contribute to the well - being of ourselves and others.

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