It is a crime, senseless and damaging to get your trainees (children) to run round and round the ground or to do physical activities without the ball when their characteristics at this age is to have fun. By playing games they enjoy themselves.
Training should not be boring. It should revolve around fun where your trainees have a great time. Remember it is a game after all. Most Coaches through their demands destroy their joy, self-expression, creativity and love for the game.
Always let children play football, because the goal is to master the ball. The only way for them to master the ball is to play with the ball.
In planning your development goals, I suggest that 80% your time must be planned for games and 20% must be utilized for technical development and this must be approached through exercises that challenging the mind and applying through the Maximal Training concept.
By playing games children will be making mistakes and making mistakes is a learning process, through the informal games the mistakes can be corrected through observation and application. Importantly football is a complex game. The game has all the ingredients of competition, hence it is the game method that will in the long term help trainees to cope with the complexities and demands of the modern game.
By introducing simplistic skills, which they will learn and this is what they will produce in the game, because drills is the “rote” method where mechanical learning will take place. On the other hand by them involved in complexity early in their development they will be able to apply themselves in game situations and moments.
Allow your trainees to experiment and the freedom of expression. Football has over 100 skills and the spectators want to see as many of these in the game as possible. It is what fill stadiums, people want to be entertained.
As leading Youth Coaching Specialist, South African Louis Jeevanantham statement holds, “The most attractive skill is also the most difficult, and can only learnt in an environment of development. The skill I refer to is dribbling, if players are not allowed to dribble at training, how can you expect them to dribble in competitive matches?”
FIFA recommends that at the development stage, players should play 40-45 competitive games a year, spread over a ten month season. If the player trains to four times a week, for two hours a day, then this approximates the 80/20 suggestion.
Note, do not limit the skills through your short sightedness, it is a sin because by “keep it simple” approach your actually distorting the trainee’s personality.
Coaches and Teachers must always remember that activities must be adapted to the Nature of the Trainee.
May I take this opportunity a blessed 2015 and you coaching career blossom through application perseverance.
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