As president of Windfield Alloy in Atkinson, New Hampshire, Eric Tetler is responsible for leading the environmental services firm in working toward the continual improvement of pollution prevention and environmental performance. Outside his professional life, Eric Tetler enjoys coaching soccer.
Youth coaches may want to consider the following points when developing a coaching style.
First, spend a good amount of time thinking about what specific skills you want the players to achieve, and coordinate the necessary drills to develop those skills. Additionally, think about the standards and ethics you expect the players to adhere to, and then communicate them clearly. It’s also important to have a strong mission statement and always be aware of why you got into coaching in the first place.
Praise goes much further than criticism. When working with a player, be sure to highlight the areas in which they are showing progress before touching on the things that need improving. People always respond more favorably when they are praised, and are consequently more likely to work harder for a coach who they feel respects and values them.
Personally demonstrate the skills you want to develop in the players. If you can’t do it yourself, employ an assistant who can. Players need to know that their coaches are equipped to teach them, and one of the best ways to demonstrate this is by showing–not just telling–them how to do the things you are requesting.