Is this an underused piece of equipment at Grassroots Level?
We see professional managers and coaches using a tactics board on a regular basis to explain what they want from their team. So why can’t we use it?
We as coaches of grassroots teams may not need to go into the same tactical depth as professional managers. However as a visual aid for the players, it can make a huge difference.
Before today, I had never used a tactics board. However as I have started to coach the U15’s this year, explaining tactical concepts has proved harder than expected. The players are taking on the information but I’ve always felt that they haven’t seen the true benefit of what we’ve been working on. Things changed today with the introduction of the tactics board. The manager of the team happened to come across one and brought it to today’s match.
We spent around 5-10 minutes discussing our formation, how we would play out from the back and how we would press. The players were starting to SEE how what we’ve been working on would benefit. They’ve had an understanding of how we want to play and certain tactical concepts, but this took it to another level. SEEING the problems it would cause the opposition by simply splitting the two CB’s from a goal kick made a huge difference. SEEING why length, width and depth are so important when in possession. SEEING how we press and why we drop makes a difference. Their understanding of the concepts that we have worked on had progressed.
Now just to clarify, I didn’t get the tactics board out and start telling them everything we wanted to do. Guided discovery was used to get the players engaged and discuss the benefits and the problems of certain actions within a game.
The tactics board will definitely be brought out at the next match and I’m also thinking of how I could use it in our next session this Wednesday.
One thing is for sure, the tactics board is an invaluable piece of equipment for coaches; even at Grassroots Level.
Image from: http://www.socaskills.com/tactics%20boards.htm