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Development First: Being More Effective As a Youth Soccer Coach

Signs of an effective practice: Grade yourself!

Volunteer coaches are the backbone of youth soccer. Without the time commitment of youth soccer coaches, our programs would cease to exist. Coaches need assistance, they need practice plan ideas, and they need support. Coaches also need to take the time to engage in self-reflection. We reflect all the time in our professional lives; in fact many times we get evaluated on our workplace performance. It makes sense that as coaches we take the time to evaluate ourselves in order to create the best training sessions we can for our players.

What makes a practice effective?

Goal setting: Each practice plan should start off with a simple goal in mind. Coaches can think about what the team and individual players should accomplish from participating in all of the pre-planned activities created for the practice.

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