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I guess I'm a coach now ...

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by beanpole, Jan 24, 2011.

  1. beanpole

    beanpole Member

    Little Beansprout plays his first organized sport starting next month -- youth soccer. I mean, really youth soccer, as the kids are 3-to-5.

    The league called me yesterday because our team's coach is having unexpected surgery. "Will you be the head coach?" Like an idiot, I said yes. Want to be helpful and do something for the kids, but as I told the guy, I've never coached. At any level.

    I figure that my job is to help everyone have a good time and make sure everyone gets on the field about the same amount of time. But there's more to it, right? God help me if parents are freaks even for kids that age. I'd hate to blow someone's scholarship.

    And I call in stats to the paper, right? :)
  2. kingcreole

    kingcreole Active Member

    Teach the kids how to dribble, dribble, dribble. Forget passing. Just teach these little 'uns how to dribble.
  3. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    You are doing God's work- teaching the great game of soccer to the youth of America.

    The key to your enjoyment will be to select a really hot team mom to organize snack / drink schedule for season. 95% of the success of youth soccer is in the cuisine.

    From your own standpoint try to remain inconspicuous on the sidelines. You need to walk away from season with your dignity intact. You're not coaching the World Cup. I once watched Mike Lupica run up and down the sidelines for an entire 6 year old game. I was embarrassed for him - watching his tiny legs churning.
  4. bydesign77

    bydesign77 Active Member

    There can't be anything more important to learn in soccer than ball control. However, at that age it's more magnet ball with 20 kids in a huge group moving up and down the field. So that might be tough to impart on them. If they can learn positions and to dribble you'll have done good.

    And echo the hot team mom/snacks thing. Oranges at half. Little Debbie cakes and Capri Suns at the end.
  5. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    Remember, teach them the fundamentals. Flopping and whining about not getting calls are vital skills, and can never be taught too early.
  6. At that age you just need to make sure all the kids get equal playing time, and alternate them from forward to defense on successive substitutions. Of course, that won't matter 30 seconds into the game when they all start chasing the ball in one big pack. But you don't want to leave your best player up front where he (or she) scores 9 goals and the other parents start complaining about it.

    The snack schedule suggestion is spot on, too. The highlight of the day for most of these kids will be the juice box and goodies.

    Oh, and don't forget to call the newspaper and bitch about the lack of coverage. These kids try just as hard as the high school varsity players!
  7. beanpole

    beanpole Member

    Awesome. I'll teach them to flop!
  8. beanpole

    beanpole Member

    Am I allowed to show obvious favoritism to my own kid?
  9. beanpole

    beanpole Member

    Seriously, good advice. I don't want to be one of *those* guys. I just want the kids to have fun and burn off a lot of energy.
  10. bydesign77

    bydesign77 Active Member

    Of course! It's expected!
  11. ChrisRcc

    ChrisRcc Member

    Get Ditka to help coach your team.

  12. cranberry

    cranberry Well-Known Member

    This is really good, solid advice, especially the part about finding the right team mom then laying low. At that age, keeping the kids on the field and redirecting their attention to the ball/game is a primary objective. Don't get too whistle happy and never raise your voice in anything but praise and encouragement; anger is never called for and even frustration can be disconcerting -- you'll lose the parents and the kids. It's not about you and you need to actively demonstrate you understand that basic concept.
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