Are the coaching schools going to be shorter now that the game is smaller?|
Are the coaching schools going to be shorter now that the game is smaller?
JANET RAYFIELD, USSF Staff Coach.
In a simple response: NO. The smaller numbers will now parallel the technical and tactical abilities of the players. The smaller numbers will allow coaches to focus on the appropriate ideas in practice AND in games. However, this in no way diminishes the responsibility of the coach to learn. A coach, even of the youngest ages, must understand the physical and psychological attributes of the players he/she is coaching. They must know and be able to teach the proper technical elements of executing soccer skills and know and be able to communicate tactical aspects of the game. If you look closely at the current curriculum of the courses as they progress through the ages and levels the playing numbers are kept small up through the C license. The coaching courses are aimed at improving both the soccer knowledge and the teaching ability of those in the course. The number of technical and tactical ideas that can be demonstrated and taught in a 3v3 game are endless. The ability to teach is a skill that must be learned and practiced. It takes time to become a good coach whether you're coaching 3v3 or 11v11.