OK, so you volunteered to be the soccer coach of your kid’s team, only problem is, you’ve never coached a soccer team before…YIKES!
Not to worry, we are here to help.
I will be posting 5 Tips to help you get through your first practice…
Here is the first one:
TIP #1 Equipment
Cleats must be soccer cleats, no baseball cleats.
Make sure each player has the correct sized ball, mandatory that they all have their own ball.
It is important that each player has a ball because as you will discover in later tips, that the entire practice should be centered around the ball. By making each player have a ball that will give them something to focus on and it take one more responsibilty away from you, the coach.
Each player must have the correct type of shinguards and have them inside their socks and the socks must be soccer socks.
This may seem basic, but I cannot tell you how many times I have seen players practice with their shinguards on the outside of their socks. Have them wear them correctly, this is another step in the right direction.
There are lots of stores that carry a player pack which usually includes a ball, a pair of cleats and a pair of shinguards.
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Agree beforehand that you team will practice in matching colors. I have all of my teams wear a white t-shirt, black shorts and white soccer socks. Doesn’t matter the brand or the style, just white shirt, black shorts and white socks. They do not need to all match.
This immediately makes them look like a team and immediately makes them feel part of a team.
Have each player bring their own water bottle and have it clearly labeled with their name on it.
It is important that you regulate water breaks.
Make them often and use it as a way to give them a break and to buy you some time while you think about and prepare for the next part of the practice.
DO NOT LET THEM WANDER OF A DRINK FROM THE WATER BOTTLE WHENEVER THEY WANT. DO NOT LET PARENTS BECKON THEM OVER TO GIVE THEM A DRINK.
If you let them wander off by themselves when they want a drink, or if you let parents give them a drink, YOU WILL LOSE CONTROL OF THE PRACTICE.
When they are on a water break, STAY AWAY FROM THEM.
What I do not recommend is that you take your water break when they do and you hang out with them. Give them some space and let them socialise and complain and gossip etc, its their break time, not yours.
OK, so there are some basic tips that should help you set the tone of your practices and help you take control of the practice and the players.
TIP #2 will follow shortly.
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