The Importance of a Coaching Philosophy

Ferguson-Guardiola: Definitely have a coaching philosophy

A coaching philosophy. What is it? Why do we even need one?

Here’s a definition I found of a coaching philosophy that brings it down to what it’s really about:

An attitude held by a coach that acts as the guiding principle for the training and development of an athlete or team.

The words that jump out at me are ‘attitude’ and ‘guiding principle’. It has to be a collection of ideas that determine everything you do as a coach; from how you handle situations you face with your players and parents to how you want your team to train and play. A coaching philosophy should give an insight into how you are as a person and a coach.

The benefits of having a coaching philosophy will Continue reading

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The Tactics Board – Undervalued at Grassroots Level

Is this an underused piece of equipment at Grassroots Level?

Is this a part of your coaching equipment?

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 Continue reading

Coaching A Topic – A Key Lesson To Help Your Players’ Understanding

Never waste a moment to develop your players’ understanding of a topic. Too many coaches are not extracting the maximum learning potential of a match situation. Treat a match like a training session.

It’s pre-season and in the last 2 weeks I’ve started working on the defensive side of the game with the U15’s boys team; more specifically the topic of pressing and dropping. Before I leave for University in a few weeks, my aim is to help players understand the basic mechanics of pressing and dropping; both individually and as a team. It is near impossible that they Continue reading

Feedback – Question Your Methods

Do you know your strengths and weaknesses? Where do you need to improve as a coach?

These are the kind of questions that you need to ask yourself on a regular basis. Self analysis is very important if you are serious about improving as a coach. Evaluating your performance in the session and the session itself is a great way of finding out your strengths and weaknesses.

However, it is also important to find out what other people think of your coaching style and your sessions. The players you coach and other coaches that assist you may see things differently to how you see them. The players Continue reading

Free Time – Express Yourself

Experimentation – something more coaches should be doing.

Yesterday I decided to experiment with my session and allowed the kids (11 year olds) to do whatever they wanted for the first 10 minutes of the session. I gave no direction and merely pointed to the fact they could use whatever equipment (Balls, Bibs and Cones) they wanted.

The aim of this experiment was to Continue reading

Discipline…

I recently witnessed a coach who didn’t DIDN’T discipline his players. It was chaos! Certain players came close to fighting. Arguments occurred so regularly that I was dumfounded as to why the coach did not intervene. Respect for the coach had diminished and it was clear to see he had no control.

What could he have done? What do I mean by disciplining your players? I want to know, what methods do Continue reading