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How to Be the Soccer Coach Every Kid Dreams About 0

Posted on January 24, 2017 by Ashley Andrews

youth soccer coachesDo you remember what it was like to play soccer as a kid? Did you idolize your coach, or did you dread the thought of each practice and game? Did you imagine yourself growing up to be a soccer star, playing at some of the most famous stadiums in the world? Did you dare to dream? Did you learn the art of the game?

Chances are if you had a good coach, you learned not only how to play soccer, but some valuable life lessons along the way as well. If you now have kids of your own, you can appreciate the importance of having an inspiring coach. A good coach is just as important as having the right equipment. You wouldn’t have your child play without knee pads, cleats and other footwear, or apparel such as a jersey and shorts. Whether you purchase your child’s soccer uniform and accessories from an online retailer that specializes in all things soccer, like Soccerloco, or from your local secondhand store, the most important factor is that your child has fun. That all starts with dressing the part of a soccer player and having a great coach.

If you’re a coach, you no doubt want to be the best coach you can be. Being part of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and attending the convention can help you become an inspiring and respected coach in your community. Read the rest of this entry →

A Great Coach Doesn’t Motivate. He Inspires! 3

Posted on May 16, 2016 by Jeff Grow

CoachingA great coach isn’t just a leader, like a general or an admiral. A great coach is a psychologist. No matter what age the players are, a great coach has the ability to ‘get in their heads’, understand their motivations, and help inspire each player to find the greatness within themselves.

Every athlete has a life outside of the sport. (Even if we sometimes hate to admit it!) Every one of them is under their own pressures, dealing with their own problems, and playing the game for their own reasons. If a coach can understand where the players are coming from, it’s far easier to guide them.

And in my experience, the starting point here is realizing that a coach cannot motivate the players. A coach has to inspire them.

Motivation Comes From Within

All motivation is fundamentally intrinsic. That is, it comes from inside each and every person. And no one can ever create motivation which isn’t there to begin with. Carrot-or-stick tactics can sometimes alter a player’s behavior somewhat, but even then, the way they respond to your various attempts at motivation still depends on their own existing motivation levels.

That’s why I say that a good coach inspires. Inspiration can come from the outside. Inspiration can be converted into motivation, but that’s an internal process. It all depends on the player’s mindset. A coach can deliver the inspiration, but not the motivation.

Understand that mindset, and you’re much closer to creating the inspiration you want to see. Read the rest of this entry →

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