There are lots of similarities between coaching children and coaching adults, but there are also some very big differences that will determine your success in being a kids’ football coach. If you want to succeed, you need to remember that you’re coaching children and they’re at the training session because they want to be and because it’s fun.
Children learn by seeing and doing. They need to see how to behave and learn how to react in often very difficult and frustrating situations. Your job as coach is to show them a positive role model, someone who plays to win but is a good sport when he’s on the losing side. You want to model someone who learns from defeat and sees where improvements can be made but doesn’t dwell too long on the past.
Think about what every part of your communication is saying, not just the words that come out of your mouth; your tone and body language will also speak volumes.
Limits are important because they help children understand where the boundaries are. Be consistent with enforcement and make sure you are not favouring any player in particular. Address all members of the squad positively, even those who aren’t performing well. Children need lots of praise to know they are doing well and to encourage them to continue. Even when a child is not modelling the expected behaviour, he or she should never be criticised in front of others.
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