Director of Coaching,
North Shore FC.
The youth soccer landscape in the US is different to anywhere else in the world and as such, the role of the coach is truly unique. While players are now starting to get better access to watch soccer on TV or live games in the MLS. As a result, coaches are the role models in many children's lives. They have the task of creating the passion for the game that may not naturally occur in a multi-sport country compared to other nation's whose sole passion is 'football'
Coaches can actively impact their session's and inspire their players in a number of ways as I try to do.
* Energy - coaches need to set the tone for their practice. Be energetic, be positive and watch as the players feed off of that.
* Enthusiasm - being enthusiastic, commentating on activities or in games can help raise the tempo and player's enjoyment even if you celebrate little Jimmy's tap in from two yards out.
* Engagement - learn your players name's and don't stop using them. Engage your players, use their names, ask them questions, learn about what's going on away from soccer and show them you care about them and their development.
Coaches, don't be afraid to show them the cool tricks and flicks. Inspire your players so that they enjoy the game and want to learn more. They may not use them in a game, but if you've got a player going home and practicing every night on a new move because he loves the game - you're having an impact on that players development.
I aim to create a positive impact on every players development on and off the field at North Shore FC, our goal is create an environment which players feel confident and learn new knowledge of the game every time they come to a practice session.
I want my players to get excited about coming to their next practice session and I'm always coming up with new coaching ideas for players to learn and have fun.