Reflect on your season so far

In England it is the half term break and for my team this is the time of the season when we reflect on what has happened in these early stages. The leagues up and down the country will be changing groups and promoting or relegating teams to play against a more appropriate opposition.

My team has been promoted into the league above after a great start to the season but that isn’t the case for lots of teams. it is a lot easier to push on from a good start to the season… believe me I have been part of teams that have had poor starts to the season and it is very difficult to shake that off. Having experienced that and experimented with ways to bring the players and the team as a whole back to a mindset of not constantly losing every battle on the pitch I can certainly give a few pointers as to the way ahead for teams that have started badly.

You may get a few comments from parents but hopefully they will be more supportive. Try not to take heed of any negativity around the place and concentrate on your players at training.

For your players it’s vital you spend time highlighting what has gone well during matches and use the advice below to give your team a better chance of getting back to winning ways.

A good coach will eliminate technical errors in players to help them improve. Use our six-step guide to help correct the technique of your players in the right way. Read Six steps to banish your team’s technical errors.

One question I get asked a lot is how to deal with players who get scared on match days. What to do when a player hides on the pitch gives some great advice to help you get your players wanting the ball which makes all the difference during matches

How your team deals with defeat can have important repercussions on how they perform in the next match. Four lessons to learn from losing helps your team to rediscover the winning formula and the reason losing can be a step forward.

Having started working with a new team over past couple of weeks I have had to remind myself of some best practice that often gets lost when you’ve been coaching a team for a long time. A good time to reassess the way I talk to my players will help you make sure mentally your players are prepared to go out and turn things around on the pitch.

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