Typically, coaches have a hard time giving power away. They are the coach and they want to be in charge.
This is fine. And there are times when it is necessary.
But if you want your soccer team (or any team) to feel like they are involved in the program you have to give up some decision making. You have to let them make decisions and lead. They probably will not do it perfectly (especially when first starting) but they will improve and get better at it.
And if you never give them chances to make decisions, make mistakes and even fail, how are they going to perform during a game? When they are playing ultimately it is there decisions and actions that will determine the outcome. I don’t know about you, but I want my kids to have practice and experience making those decisions.
There are three big areas that you can get kids involved during practice; pre-practice, during practice, and post practice
Here are six ways to involve the kids and get them feeling responsible for the success of the entire team:
Spending time building a team pays off way more than in just wins and losses. When kids feel ownership, they take responsibility an enjoy the team more. This makes it more likely they will try harder, focus more and even continue playing.
The leadership and contribution skills they learn carry over beyond sports as well. It will make them better students, bosses and parents. And isn’t that what we really want?
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