Coaching plans a must have to ensure player development
CLUBS must be favourable to parent and volunteer involvement, whilst at the same time subscribing to the critical influence that early junior and youth football experiences have on a player's development.
Wherever possible, clubs should discourage parents coaching their own kids.
I have all too often witnessed the effects of pressure upon the parent coach, and indeed the huge pressure on the player whose parent is the team coach.
It is vital that accredited coaches are appointed to coach the younger age groups because it is at a young age that football habits are formed.
Regrettably, all too often young players, through no fault of their own, form bad habits in terms of technique.
In many cases the failure by coaches to detect incorrect technique results in the continual and eventually habitual application of certain actions.
By the time another coach identifies a particular flaw it is often too late.
Coaching session plans should be a must, and should be approved by the clubs Technical Director to ensure that the plans reflect the approaches to teaching, learning and assessment.
This should be required in an effort to ensure that the curriculum does not become just a book of drills and games for coaches to copy.
Coaching sessions must have a purpose. Only then will any inconsistencies in the delivery of coaching standards be detected.
Clubs must aim to remove any guess work by coaching staff by working on methodology which in turn will raise the standards, performance and expectations.
Coaches must be permitted to express themselves and nurture individual players' abilities when forming a team.
Teams should reflect their coaches personalities, but within the club's philosophy framework.
It is recommended that clubs establish strategic planning and do so for well beyond one season at a time.
More often than not entire seasons are used as preparation for the season after that.
The plan should engage all stakeholders, parents, coaches, players and administrators.
It is through stakeholders that clubs will be able to convey the purpose and values of their club.
A club's Technical Director should be encouraged and assisted to hold formal in-club education programs where coaches participate in sessions and be assessed and recognised for participation.