If you are like me, you probably know that in coaching high school soccer, the journey to becoming a complete player begins by building confidence. When you declare that the players are under immense pressure, you as a coach are hinting to the fact that your players lack confidence to face a situation. This is simply because success is the outcome of being confident of achieving it.
Confidence is a choice and your players have to first choose to become confident. In the course of coaching youth soccer, this point can be made clear to them by describing the behavior of two parrots that sit on either shoulder.
Out of the two, one has a positive behavior and he keeps telling the player to face the challenges head on by saying “You can do it.” The other parrot has the tendency to de-motivate the players saying “You can’t do this.” And clearly they have to choose which parrot to listen to.
Once the players have made up their minds, teach them to become liable for their acts. This choice may have to made every single day. Develop successful players in your team by helping them build strong inner confidence by focusing on their contribution to success or failure.
Train the players of the fact that in soccer coaching that putting the blame on something or someone else is a mark of insecurity. Rather teach players to take the setbacks as an integral part of the learning curve and not something to deter their confidence levels.
When coaching high school soccer, condition the players to see every lost opportunity as a lesson and they should keep telling themselves “I’ll get the next one.”
The distress of the miss instantly motivates, hence ensuring no effect on confidence for the next strike.
A team is said to be successful if you have the ability to make quick judgments regarding a player’s ability to survive in competition. In football coaching, there is always a close call between judging physical and mental readiness, but in the end, physical readiness wins the battle.
To make such judgments easy, there is a need of searching clear messages. To check player’s capability to thrive in the game, it is necessary to browse their verbal and non verbal messages.
Success gives rise to confidence. Self-belief, hard work done and the mental preparation to face tough situations, hold the key to success in soccer. “If you are not preparing to win, you are preparing to fail” is a phrase often used to motivate players.
Confidence is built on experience. The reservations, mistakes, losses and denunciation should be taken up calmly by the players so that their underpinning of experience can be built. It is always felt that he or she has the knowledge, has practiced it before and knows what to do next.
Know this. In coaching high school soccer, constructing confidence is a daily task and hence, players should intimate on the key steps to find out their positives.
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