As the weeks go by it is getting harder to accept there is no coaching or games to go to – but we all know that this is only going to get better if we all try not to go out – unless it’s an emergency.
The fitness gurus are telling us to get into the garden and do star jumps – but our brains also need feeding and being kept active because that is one very useful way of passing the time.
So this week I have focused on things to read and listen to that will get your football brain ticking over and add to your coaching knowledge ready for when the lockdown is lifted and sporting occasions are back on the agenda.
Listen to my podcast with Rick Meana about his coaching education programme that covers philosophy, methodology and how the youth players are educated with fun, a sense of belonging, development and the best way to discipline out of line players.
Also another interesting podcast features Steven Drinkell, a goalkeeper coach at the Westminister School in Atlanta, Georgia. I spoke with Steve to gain an insight into the secrets of coaching what is probably the most difficult position in the team.
The mental side of things comes into play at the moment as it can be easy to just give up when facing another day locked in the house. Mentally strong people have healthy habits. They manage their emotions, thoughts, and behaviours in ways that set them up for success in life. Check out these things that mentally strong people don’t do.
Learning is something I try to do as often as possible. One course I really enjoyed was how to get coaching points across without bombarding players with instructions.Coach using actions not words is a great way to keep player concentration throughout training sessions.
In this podcast Dave Clarke talks to Rick Meana about his coaching education programme that covers philosophy, methodology and how the youth players are educated with fun, a sense of belonging, development and the best way to discipline out of line players: MORE
Steven Drinkell is a goalkeeper coach at the Westminister School in Atlanta, Georgia and an assistant Varsity Coach. Soccer Coach Weekly head coach Dave Clarke spoke with Steve to gain an insight into the secrets of coaching what is probably the most difficult position in the team. MORE
Mentally strong people have healthy habits. They manage their emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in ways that set them up for success in life. Check out these things that mentally strong people don't do. MORE
I was recently on an excellent three-hour practical demonstration by an FA coach development manager, showing how to coach players without using obvious instructions. Manipulation of the sessions was used as the coach tried to get the message across though actions rather than long-winded explanations. MORE
My team will be back to normal training in just a week leaving the best part of a month to get ready for match play. There is all sorts of things to work on but one thing that is often neglected is working on set pieces. MORE
At my club we are going to coach right through to the new season with no break. My players are desperate for some contact games but I am careful they don't go too full on because they haven't done contact for some time. MORE
With the move back to contact in my area of the world it is now a great time to run trials to build your squad for next season. It is not something I have given time to yet because trials when play is non-contact is not ideal. A player might be brilliant with individual skills but put them in a match situation and they will show a different side – and that includes player attitudes. MORE
I shall be using small-sided games with my players to give them an exciting way to get back to competitive play and also for myself to see how working on their technique during the non-competitive stage has helped them in game play. MORE
"Can we do more than just passing!" – I am sure you've heard this during your training sessions in the current social distancing, non contact play. Which is what a lot of coaches have also been asking me. MORE