Friday, December 28, 2012

2012 Ends

Happy New Year everyone!

Friday, December 14, 2012

From Coerver Coaching Newsletter

1. What is the most important thing to teach tactics or skill?

Well from our perspective it is skill. Whatever system you use during a game 433, 343, 352...your success will be limited to the individual skill of your players. This is why Coerver Coaching approach focuses on individual skill development. Create better players and you will create better teams.

2. How do I make practices fun?

That's probably the most important question. We think the secret lies in focusing on these three success factors.


Both Coach and player should have an expectation of what is required at the next practice. In this way both players and coaches can review drills before practice. This helps improve practices enormously...when players and coaches know what they are doing. If practices run smoothly from drill to drill and according to a predefined one is standing around wondering what is daisy picking (..) lots of smiles and encouragement and swift movement from section to section.

***Include More Fun Drills***

Players love to shot and score, they like to play games. Build finishing and small sided games into every practice.

***Bring A Positive Coaching Attitude***

We can't emphasize this one enough...many parents and coaches come from stressful work situations direct to is only human for some of that stress to creep into attitudes on the field. There are ways we have found to combat this. Use the first two success factors... this will take you along way. Look in the mirror of your car and say...Today is a great day for soccer...were going to have fun today! say it three times...Out loud...
I know it sounds goofy but it is guaranteed to put a smile on your face....and once you start smiling you will have stresses beat...then go on out there and have some fun! Praise a lot, smile a lot encourage everyone to be supportive.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The buddy system

Have you heard of or considered using the "buddy system" of player feedback?  I think it definitely has some use in practice, that ultimately will carry over to the games.

Buying a baseball bat this season?

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Oregon's Head Coach Chip Kelly

Oregon's Head Football Coach Chip Kelly's Teaching Philosophy

I see, and I forget
I see, and I remember
I do, and I understand

Avoid saying to yourself or anyone else, "I told him....."
Education is the transfer of knowledge.  The coach can know everything, if the players don't know it doesn't matter.
Tell them, show them, then do it.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Ask the expert

These are some great questions and answers from youth coaching experts.

Friday, November 2, 2012

On the ball

As the fall soccer season wraps up here are the things I learned this season:

  1. Dribbling is the most important skill to teach in youth soccer.  The kids that can dribble the ball with consistent pace and creativity, are the most successful kids on the pitch.  Everything else flows easily from a strong dribbling foundation. 
  2. Master a skill before moving on.  Only introduce new skills when the basics have been mastered.  The skill needs to be mastered in multiple settings/drills.  Increase the difficulty level of the drills.  Dribbling is the most important skill.
  3. Praise the children.  Children should be praised at the 5:1 ratio.  Five pieces of phrase for each piece of "criticism" or "instruction."  A coach will have way more impact on a child's development with phrase then criticism.  This is very difficult task to accomplish.  Try it. 
  4. As a coach, don't take yourself too seriously.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Pulling off a successful fundraiser

The BJSA Bellevue Bruins 8's baseball team held their first major fund raising event of the year at DJ's Dugout.  The Spaghetti Feed was a huge success.  A huge thanks goes out to DJ's Dugout.  They made the event go smoothly.  The local community showed an amazing amount of support.  The turnout was very impressive.

The boys helped sell raffle tickets, bus the tables, and refill drinks.  The boys announced themselves and told a little bit about themselves.

Keys to pulling off a successful fundraising event:

1.  Plan ahead.  Give your team plenty of time to get the items you will need.

2.  Ask for donations.  Almost all of the items needed for a spaghetti feed can be donated.

3.  Venue.  Pick a venue that will support your event.  You may want to "shop" around a bit and see who will offer the best venue for your needs.

4.  Raffle and Silent Auction.  Hold a 50/50 raffle.  You might also raffle off a high value item(s).  Hold a silent auction.  Items for the silent auction should be from donations whenever possible.

5.  Get the players involved.  Have the players involved as much as possible.  They are the one's directly benefiting and should be doing the most work.  Interacting with the supporter's is crucial.

6.  Give Thanks.   Make sure to give thank all the parties involved during the event and then also follow up a few days later.  During the season have players in uniform visit supporting businesses.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012