Winning vs development?

Written by LaneCoveCats

26 May 2015

As a club, we are here to provide the framework to allow the children to get the maximum benefit and enjoyment from their participation in junior football. Its not about us, its about them.

That’s why the article below struck accord with us and we thought it pertinent to share with you, the parents.

As coaches, we are probably guilty of shouting from the sidelines now and then. For the most part, we try and contain it to cheering, and use the the breaks to providing feedback or guidance. We encourage you to do the same.

 

Give The Game Back To The Kids

Coaches and parents, this is a call to action. Read, share, and take the pledge listed below.

Any given Saturday or Sunday, take a drive to the local park and watch some soccer that doesn’t involve your child or your team. If you need help with directions, just open your car window and let the shouting and screaming help guide you.

ARTICLE COURTESY: The Coaching Journey

IMG_1254When my teams play, I like to get to the fields an hour early. It gives me time to collect my thoughts, jot down some last minute notes, and just take in some extra soccer, letting me see some different clubs play as well as the talent in the area. No matter what complex or park I go to however, one thing remains the same. Coaches and parents put themselves at the center of the game, rather than the kids who are playing.

Parents, how often do you watch your child play but hear the coach constantly screaming and shouting from the sideline? Berating players, telling them when to pass, when to dribble, when to shoot, when to breathe? How often do you sit, enjoying watching your son or daughter play only to have everyone look at the coach who is fighting with the opposing coach, with the referee, with anyone who comes near him?

Coaches, how often do you send your players out to the field, only to have parents screaming instructions at them that go against what you have been trying to work on? Screams of “send it” and “never down the middle” have the players stuck between three ways of thinking, and their reprieve comes when the parents turn their attention to asking for children to receive yellow cards or referees to be ashamed of their performance.

Parents and coaches, do you just see this behavior, or do you also partake in this behavior? It takes a lot of honest self-appraisal to admit this behavior, but admittance is the first step into a larger world. Parents might not know better, and our job is to constantly educate, so let’s talk about what parent’s can do first, and then what coaches can do.

Game day belongs to the children. They spend the week practicing, improving, ready to show their improvement in the weekend game. It’s a ritual that the players know and love, because the game is what they see on television. The game is one of their connections to the superstars they hope to emulate. Parents, you have a very important job on game-day, but it doesn’t involve coaching.

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