The world of coaching can be difficult at the best of times, so here we have produced a list of ten basic coaching tips which should help make your job easier!
1) Learn all the players names as fast as you can! Learning players names means that you can personalise praise and comments you make about their game play, which makes the player feel happier that you have taken the time to learn something about them!
2) Make sure all your teams paperwork is in order. Have a folder that is well organised with everyone’s membership forms in, everyone’s Emergency contact details and also any special information about a player you need to know, such as medical details and allergies!
3) First aid training means that you as a coach can feel more confidant in your ability if something does happen to go wrong. If a player does get injured then you have the right knowledge to make sure you can do something about it, if you don’t have that training you could well panic and make the situation worse.
4) Stay Positive and enthusiastic. Things go wrong in football all the time, even for the professional coaches things happen that they didn’t plan. Positively and enthusiasm rub off onto players and that will soon spread around you team if things don’t happen the way you want them to.
5) Be realistic. You aren’t in charge of Real Madrid or Man United, so don’t expect your players to play like it every week. They are kids after all! Some weeks they might come and be totally useless, and the next they could come and look like the next big thing.
6) Know your stuff. You have to know what your talking about, otherwise players will pick up on your lack of confidence in what you are saying, and that’s not good! If you don’t know about something, get some to help you who does.
7) The language you use will be under scrutiny. If your working with under 6’s they aren’t going to understand that much tactical language, so don’t use it. Same with under 17’s, don’t talk to them like they are 6 years old. Make sure you never use foul or abusive language aimed at anyone!
8) Set an example. You expect your players to behave well so you as the person responsible for the players must do the same, they will respect you for that.
9) Get qualified as much as possible. The more qualified you are the more you tend to be respected, that may seem wrong, but its true!
10) Always get help. Parents when they are involved n helping run the team are happiest, if there’s an offer of help, then take it, means you can see another coaching method in action!