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“Every child deserves a champion: an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists they become the best they can possibly be”
- Rita Pierson
Children need to feel comfortable in their environment in order for enjoyment and development to occur
"Over-Coaching is the worst thing you can do to a player"
-Dean Smith, former basketball coach, University of North Carolina
Brian McBride: Advice to Youth Sports Coaches
It is important that the children build confidence and a positive self-esteem to allow them to grow as soccer players and people
“Imperfections are not inadequacies; they are reminders that we are all in this together.”
– Brené Brown
We never know what a child is going to remember or what they may be going through at this point in their life
“The ball is playing with me…I am playing with the ball”
Activity based games that emphasize exploration and experimentation
“Playing with my friends”
“Playing as a team”
“Playing my role and position for the Team”
“Being the best player I can be for my role and position within the team”
At this stage of development kids are fundamentally trying to find out “who they are”
“The secret to success is good leadership, and good leadership is all about making the lives of your team members or workers better”
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”
– Maya Angelou
Every coach’s main goal is to create a positive environment where kids develop a love for sports and want to continue playing after the season has ended
The Quality Coaching Framework
" To find yourself, think for yourself"
When expectations are set everyone is aware of what is expected of one another and can now hold each other as well as the coach accountable
“Fearlessness is not only possible, it is the ultimate joy. When you touch non fear, you are free”
– Thich Nhat Hanh
We learn by doing; evaluating, analyzing, and reflection on our experiences helps develop competencies and improve behavior.