EDJSA Coaching Manual - 1st .Elizabeth & Districts Junior Soccer Association COACHING MANUAL (1st

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    (1st Edition February 2002)

    Practical Guidelines for Coaching

    by Barry Whitaker

  • EDJSA Practical Guidelines for Coaching

    1st Edition February 2002

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    Preface

    About the Author Barry Whitaker Barry is a former goalkeeper who played for Beograd in the South Australian Soccer Federation and played first division soccer in Victoria and New South Wales. Barry finished his career several years ago playing first team amateurs for Modbury. Since finishing senior soccer Barry has gone on to be a former Chairman of Para Hills East (an EDJSA Club), a current coach for that same club, a current representative team coach for EDJSA and a current member of the EDJSA Executive. Barry holds the

    Australian national Level 2 coaching accreditation and is in the process of finalising his Level 3 qualifications. Barry continues working tirelessly helping to coach children of all ages in the basic and advanced skills of soccer so that they can know the enjoyment playing soccer throughout their lives, and it is in that environment that he has compiled this manual. Tony Wright EDJSA Web Administrator Note: Parts of this manual contain information that has been sourced from various publications that are listed in Appendix A. EDJSA hopes to publish this manual in written form as well as on the Internet. This manual was:

    Researched , compiled and authored by Barry Whitaker Checked by Hugh Cardle Prepared for publication in book form and Internet form by Tony Wright Copying of the Manual

    The unauthorised copying of this manual for resale is prohibited by law. The copying of sections of this manual for use as a coaching aid is authorised by Elizabeth and Districts Junior Soccer Association to all EDJSA affiliated clubs and their EDJSA team coaching staff.

    While every care has been taken to trace and acknowledge copyright EDJSA tender their apologies for any accidental infringement where copyright has proved untraceable. EDJSA would be pleased to come to a suitable arrangement with the rightful owner in each case.

    Disclaimer

    Elizabeth and Districts Junior Soccer Association Inc. excepts no liability for any injuries or accidents that occur whilst clubs or coaches are using training exercises or games described in this manual. The club or coach using this manual as a training guide must exercise the proper duty of care with the children in their charge, taking into consideration the climatic conditions, the ground conditions and the age and physical condition of the players involved.

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    IInnttrroodduuccttiioonn

    YYoouu aass aa CCooaacchh You will learn a lot in this manual about how to make both your players and your team better. There will be ideas you can't wait to try, suggestions you disagree with, and many items to put on the back burner until next season or next year. Each coach who reads through this manual will develop very different lists of priorities. What one throws out, another will hold near and dear for seasons to come? This is a good thing.

    Each of you is an individual, and you need to let your personality and coaching style shine through. A common trap for new coaches is to try to imitate another coach's style. Understand what type of coach you are (the ultra-organized disciplinarian? the flexible funster? the nurturing teacher?) Be open and honest with your players, parents and assistants about your style, your philosophy, your policies, and your expectations. You'll have a lot more fun being yourself, instead of pretending to be someone you're not.

    TThhee CCooaacchhiinngg PPrroocceessss If you have never coached before, or are not that familiar with soccer coaching, it's important that you have a fundamental grasp of the coaching process. Coaching involves communicating your knowledge of the game, observing what needs to be corrected, and adjusting this feedback loop as required.

    Keep on coaching

    BBaarrrryy WWhhiittaakkeerr

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    Table of Contents THE PRE-SEASON MEETING........................................................................................................................11

    Where To Have The Meeting .......................................................................................................................11 When To Have The Meeting ........................................................................................................................11 What To Cover At The Meeting ...................................................................................................................11 Tips On Making The Meeting Run Smoothly ...............................................................................................12

    NUTS & BOLTS OF HOLDING PRACTICES...............................................................................................13

    How to select drills......................................................................................................................................13 Making contingency plans ...........................................................................................................................14 Getting them ready to practice ....................................................................................................................15 How to select partners for drills..................................................................................................................15 Factors to consider in choosing teams ........................................................................................................17 How to adjust the drill to fix common problems..........................................................................................21 Special problems in teaching goalkeepers ..................................................................................................23 Organization (items of particular interest to the U6 coach) .......................................................................23

    MANAGEMENT & DISCIPLINE....................................................................................................................25

    Dealing with discipline problems ................................................................................................................25

    SPECIAL IDEAS FOR YOUR FIRST PRACTICE........................................................................................30

    Establish Rules and Set Priorities ...............................................................................................................30 Learn Everyone's Name...............................................................................................................................30 What to Watch For ......................................................................................................................................30 Recruit Helpers............................................................................................................................................31 How You Define "Winning" Will Affect All You Do ....................................................................................31 Develop A Long-Term Focus.......................................................................................................................31

    THE MOST IMPORTANT SKILLS TO TEACH ..........................................................................................33

    REASONABLE EXPECTATIONS AFTER ONE YEAR OF TRAINING...................................................36

    TEACHING THE BASICS: INTRODUCTION..............................................................................................38

    Kicking ........................................................................................................................................................38 Match Related Exercises or Games.............................................................................................................40 Laces Kick ...................................................................................................................................................40 Lofted Kick ..................................................................................................................................................43 Ball control..................................................................................................................................................45 Small Group Work.......................................................................................................................................46 Large Group Work ......................................................................................................................................46 A Compilation of Dribbling Moves .............................................................................................................47 Dribbling Moves For Beginning to Intermediate Players ...........................................................................48

    TEACHING THE BASIC CHOP.....................................................................