As a full time paid trainer and coach I subscribe to a lot of various coaching and youth sports educational organizations as I like to constantly educate myself as well as see different point of views. By further educating my self I become a better coach/trainer and that helps my players. One of the organizations I am member of is the institute of soccer parenting where I get regular articles, blogs and info.
I just got this one and wanted to share with you.
I have been accused from time to time that when I am on the sideline quiet and just watch the game it seems like I have given up on the team and come across as I do not care. I have been asked why I do not stand up and offer help to my teams. For the most part you may notice that I write notes on my pad and try to stay out of the player's way unless I see something very drastically wrong. When I say I try to stay out of the player's way I mean it. Think about it... How would you feel if you were trying to do something and someone was constantly shouting directions at you. Regardless if my teams are playing 11V11 of small sided games 3V3 5V5 or futsal, I try to saty out of their way by letting them play and solve their own situations on the field.
For those of you that know me longer than a season, know very well that I am not always quiet and the game gets the best of me at times where I may jump up and shout directions or try to solve a problem...
Lord knows I am always working on that...
PERFORMANCE = POTENTIAL – INTERFERENCE Next time you yell from the sidelines, think of it this way; you are actually interfering with your child’s and the other players’ abilities to perform. How you ask? Well maybe the player was about to do something different than what you just yelled. Regardless if what they were going to do was better or worse than your shouted direction, now the player changes his/her action in the mids of doing it causing a complete error. Maybe if you had not shouted that action would have been successful. You are taking away from how well the team can function as a whole. So why do we insist on yelling from the sidelines? Maybe we need to rethink how we act? Do we want to interfere or do we pick and choose what we say and when we say it?
Interference can come in many forms.
We often hear parents and or coaches talk with young players about things such as: “This team has won such and such games,” or they are ranked this high. Doing this, we have interfered with the players’ confidence level. It is a mental distraction, which takes a part out of our players’ armor of confidence, thus decreasing performance.
How about instead of focusing on the other team, maybe we rephrase things to a statement such as, “Guys, we had a fantastic week of training, we worked hard, and I know you are ready for this game!” This is a positive, confidence building statement and has the potential to increase performance.
Well, below is a great article to articulate why all these things can interfere with your player and team.
Hope you enjoy.
Are You Interfering with Your Child’s Youth Soccer Performance?
As an ex player I have loved the sport since I was 4 years old.