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.