Coaching Day 11: Football takes a back seat
March 5, 2011 2 Comments
Wednesday’s session seemed to be one of those where you spend more time managing the boys/girls than you do actually focussing on the football aspect of the session, which I guess is to be expected sometimes when coaching under 7s.
As someone who’s not a parent it can be far more challenging to ensure you’re dealing with children appropriately than it is to control & coordinate the games within a session. Knowing how to deal with the tantrums, the injuries, the tears and anything else which happens to crop up during a session is something which is taking time to develop and feel comfortable with – although it probably feels fairly normal if you’re a parent.
Wednesday’s session seemed to have all of the above and I’d only just arrived as the guy I coach with was walking a tearful boy over to the changing rooms as he’d lost a tooth when the ball hit him in the mouth! We then had one boy throw a major tantrum over something which seemed fairly trivial, there were two lots of tears caused by mis-timed tackles and a little bit of verbal bullying to sort out. Hence football coaching really took a backseat.
I’m hoping that my ability to deal with these types of situations will improve with experience, in fact I know it will, and I’m also hoping that the FA Youth Module is going to help with some of the “softer” side of football coaching.
As for the football? We worked on passing, control & dribbling throughout the session using a couple of different games and it’s great to see some of the kids starting to show signs of improvement as we’re another week closer to our first ever match! I think we’ll now look to start them thinking about formations and positioning on a football pitch so it makes the transition to a match situation much easier to handle.