Child-Centered vs Coach-Centered Approach
A coach-centered approach is one where the child is told what to do. They are not given options, simply instructions, therefore their decision-making skills are not challenged or developed. Sure, we might get the players to do what we want them to do, but at what cost? Is that really learning?
By developing the whole child we build vital character traits — self esteem, effort, perseverance, mental toughness, decision making, teamwork, etc. —whilst improving their knowledge of the game. So we are not just creating good quality football players, we are building well-rounded young people. It’s a win-win.
So I’d like to encourage you to avoid the urge, this weekend, of telling your son/daughter/grandson/granddaughter what they should do whilst playing in every situation. Of course, they will need a little direction — especially our younger players. However, on the whole, let them think and make their own decisions rather than reacting to voices on the side of the field. Regardless of the final result, the by-products of this approach are far more valuable.
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