I’m frequently asked, what’s the most important assessment I should do?
The answer to that is easy.
You should be continuously assessing yourself and your coaching.
There are a variety of ways to assess yourself. You can measure how much time you spend:
- Working on soccer fitness with the team
- Planning workouts, seasons and conditioning programs
- Communicating with parents, team and kids
- Learning new coaching techniques, strategies or skills
- Taking care of yourself mentally and physically
Working with kids and youth soccer teams is a lot of fun. It is also very stressful. Be sure to allow yourself time to recoup and relax.
By taking a few moments every day or every week to go over what you’ve done and what you’d like to do better will help keep you on track.
And taking some time to yourself will help keep you on track as well.
You probably know that our bodies and brains develop during periods of rest and sleep. If you don’t get rest, recovery and relaxation you won’t be at your best.
And your team and kids need that.
What do you do to relax during the week? What do you do after a stressful experience with a parent or player? Put some comments in the box and share with other coaches and parents.
Take some time to plan your R and R. It is best for your team and you.
One thing you can do to take the stress off your job is to have the parents help. Let the parents help with their kids fitness at home. The extra time spent on soccer fitness will have a huge benefit for your team and their long term success. Find out more about developing kids soccer fitness by clicking the link.