Looking back as a youth soccer coach – what was your biggest epiphany? That ‘Aha!’ moment or a long term realization of ‘Wow I wish I had been doing that sooner!’. What was it that made you a better coach?
Mine was moving from direct instruction to asking the players for solutions. The whole ‘Coaching By Question’ where you ask leading questions to get the players to really THINK about what they’re doing. I think above all else, that change in my coaching style has helped my players learn, discover, and better understand the game. I used to think it would only work with older players, but found if you adjust your questions, even 4 year olds can start to think about the basics.
How about you all?