Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Coaches often bounce ideas off one another to deepen their own understanding of various soccer topics. A topic that recently came up among a group of very good youth soccer coaches was, what are the top five qualities of a good coach? Here are some of the responses:
Tom Statham, Academy Coach at Manchester United FC
A coach must:
- Care about his players
- Be able to connect and communicate
- Treat people with respect
- Have knowledge of the game
- Create an environment of enjoyment and learning
Tom Goodman, Technical Director at NEFC
- Sense of Humor
- Knowledgeable (teacher)
Darren Bowles, a Regional Manager at the FA
- Create and maintain an environment which encourages the players to learn and love the game
- Show that they care for their players
- Have a sound knowledge of the game
- Try to keep things clear & simple
- Treat everyone with respect
Chris Panayiotou - Developmental Director of Coaching Virginia Rush Soccer Club
C - confident and confidence builder
O - observer, organizer
A - approachable, always learning
C - continually growing, competent
H - hard working, humble and honest
Vince Ganzberg, Grassroots Advisor for U. S. Soccer
Adding on to your COACH pneumonic:
O - other-centered
C - care, checks for understanding
Then one quality is a coach who can transfer knowledge into understanding.
Paul Shaw, Coaching Education Director - Virginia Youth Soccer
- Have character - without this, you are done.
- Soccer acumen - current and is always seeking (coaching education-soccer and outside of soccer; seek different experiences etc...)
- Teaching skills - always a work in progress as our culture changes, must adapt.
- Sense of humor - LOL.
- Imagination - the coach who can "paint/create/sculpt" in different environments has longevity and inspires.
Ruth Nicholson, Founding Partner and IAF Certified Professional Facilitator – Club Development Network
- The ability to be a member of a team of adults supporting players (coaches, parents, administrators, etc.), as well as to lead, teach, and inspire a team of players
Dr. Roy Patton, Director of Soccer Genius USA
For the coach of young adult players:
- Maturity and experience-business and media savvy
- Ability to build consensus - internal / external
- Ability to use jurisprudential argument and to be consistent
- High level of coaching experience and coaching ability
- Be an excellent and relentless recruiter.
US Youth Soccer
Good coaching and coaches at the u6 to u10 ages :
- Open the door to a lifetime of soccer
- Lay the foundation of:
- Fair Play
- Game sense
- Healthy lifestyle
- Create the environment for players to establish friendships through soccer
- Guide players learning to interact with others:
- Team manager
- Guide parents on their child’s soccer journey
- How to be a guest at the kids’ game
- Off-the-ball habits
- Proper sleep/recovery
- Teach leadership, communication skills, how to cooperate, how to compete, how to share
- Coach must lead by example:
- Control emotions
- Verbal & body language
- Be a good sport
From the Oregon Youth Soccer Association
Judging a Good Coach
- A good coach is someone who knows winning is wonderful, but is not the triumph of sports.
- A kid’s coach is someone who goes to work early, misses meals, gives away weekends and plays havoc with family schedules so he or she can help out a group of youngsters.
- A good coach is someone who stays half an hour or more after practice to make sure every one of the players has a safe ride home.
- A good coach is someone who rarely hears a mom or dad say `Hey thanks’, but receives a lot of advice on game day.
- A good coach is someone who makes sure that everyone gets to play.
- A good coach is someone who teaches young people that winning is not everything, but still lies in bed at night staring at the ceiling wondering whether he or she might have done anything differently to have turned a loss into a win.
- A good coach is someone who can help a child learn to take mistakes in stride.
- A good coach is someone who sometimes helps a child to develop ability and confidence that sometimes did not exist before.
- A good coach is someone a youngster will remember a long time after the last game has ended and the season is over.