Coaching Players: Tasks, Concerns and Challenges

Coaching players can be a highly rewarding experience, but it also comes with its own set of tasks, concerns and challenges. To ensure that your players are getting the most out of their training sessions, it is essential to consider the STEP framework (Youth Sports Trust, 200). This approach encourages coaches to combine space, tasks, equipment and players to create a session that works for everyone. Soccer Coach Weekly also provides coaches with easy-to-use drills, practice plans, small games, warm-ups and other tips and advice.

One of the main issues coaches face is that players may not comprehend the topic of the session. Additionally, some players may find the practice too easy or too difficult. This can be particularly difficult when there are not enough players to form even teams. To address this problem, coaches should think about adapting their sessions to meet the needs of all players.

Another challenge is that not all coaches agree that the coach's advice and “remarks” are suitable for training. Dave has outstanding coaching credentials, having coached under-9 and under-16 teams at the grassroots level for more than 20 years. He believes that managers may not be coaches in the purest sense of the term, but they can employ training skills. However, there is nothing that prevents these people from training, in fact some do.

But in general they are training people to perform the same function, not training the people they lead. Coaching players can be a highly rewarding experience but it is important to be aware of the tasks, concerns and challenges you may face. By utilizing the STEP framework and Soccer Coach Weekly's resources, you can guarantee that your players are getting the most out of their training sessions.

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