A lot of coaches have troubles maintaining discipline with their teams…
Even if you don’t have these problems setting up routines, rituals and wrap-ups will help your team. Especially in competition (where I think many kids have a difficult time).
Let’s look at each component and how they are applied…
Routines are your daily workout schedule. When you come, what your bring, what you do.
They should be clear with kids…and parents. I’m not one for being a hard ass about punctuality and in today’s world of single parents it can be difficult to always get kids there on time. So if attendance or punctuality is a problem come up with contingency plans.
The workout schedule should be a routine as well; warm-up, conditioning, skills, small game, scrimmage, wrap-up. That’s who I would do it but it’s really up to you. But kids should know what’s next.
Rituals are special things kids do to get ready for a game or maybe even practice.
It doesn’t matter what you do…as long as you do it and get the team to buy into it.
After every practice there should always be a wrap-up. Go over what you did, what you learned, what’s next on the schedule.
Do a Give or Get.
Give a hint of what’s coming up next. Make them excited and looking forward to coming to the next practice.
Every workout should end on a positive note. Kids should be looking forward to it.
I never got coaches who ended practice by yelling and lecturing their teams. The kids don’t respond (positively at least) and then they have 24 hours to think about it and feel crappy.
Coaches…want to get your team parents developing their kids soccer fitness? Encourage them to order, read and put into practice the exercises and techniques in Athletic Skills For Soccer. It will help your team’s soccer fitness and skills. Click the click here: Soccer Fitness for Kids