Sunday April 9 2017
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Soccer Coaching Tips

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Coaching youth sports can be challenging for some parents. This is especially true when it comes to youth soccer. Positive and negative experiences can affect the way children view the sport for the rest of their lives.

And it is important to remember that preparation is a key to maintaining a positive environment. Here are several coaching tips and suggestions to keep in mind on game day:

Pre-game – After the last practice before a game let the players and parents know when and where the game is, what time to arrive and which jersey to wear. This will hopefully limit any confusion on game day.

Game day – Bring rosters, medical kits and ice. Be prepared – know who is playing and where.

During halftime – Check for injuries and make the necessary adjustments and substitutions if needed. If a child needs to improve on something, tell him by sandwiching your criticism in between two positive comments on the way he or she played in the first half. This will soften the blow.

End of game – Check for injuries again and remind everyone of the next practice or game. Leave all the post game analysis for the next meeting with your players. Saying “good game” and sending them home is good enough after a long day. Plus, it ensures that emotions don’t get in the way of what you truly want to say.

Following simple steps like this will keep your players happy and ensure they are having a good time, regardless of wins and losses.