PRINCIPLES OF COACHING

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Regardless of the level of participation in the game, these fundamental “laws” which govern coaching and training methodology should be fully acknowledged by coaches, according to my Coaching Guru, Ted Dumitru.

I share these Principles that gave me the impetus in the planning of sessions in all age groups and entry into to this challenging Industry. Its “golden” in your growth as a Coach

  1. ANY COACHING CONCEPT OR TRAINING PROGRAMME MUST STRICTLY CORRESPOND WITH THE PHYSICAL AND MENTAL CHARACTERISTICS OF PLAYERS, THEIR AGE AND LEVEL OF PERFORMANCE.

From this point of view, if training methods antagonize the player’s nature, his development and performance are obstructed. Players’ natural rejection of irrelevant training will definitely have a negative effects on all aspects of the game.

Important to note, players’ native abilities and their basic playing mentality cannot be changed through training. This can only be IMPROVED OR ADAPTED.

  1. TRAINING MUST REFLECT THE SPECIFICS OF SOCCER

As the object of the game is the ball, there CANNOT BE A SUBSTITUTE FOR BALL WORK. When training is done extensively without the ball, players do not improve their playing ability.

Any form of running in soccer involves a SPECIFIC ELEMENT of

WHY, WHERE, WHEN AND HOW TO RUN.

That is why in soccer training even the simplest movement must be combined with at least another aim.

  1. CONTINUITY OF TRAINING

The diversity and complexity of game factors impose systematic training and large volume of work throughout the years. Generally, there are FOUR stages in the making of a player.

  • Stage one: 6 – 7 to 11 – 12 years is about BASIC SKILL DEVELOPMENT.
  • Stage two: 12 – 13 to 15 – 16 years, is the period of IMPROVING AND CONSOLIDATING PLAYING SKILLS.
  • Stage three: 17 – 19 years, is about PERFORMANCE OBJECTIVES
  • Stage four: Completes the development of a player and also offer opportunity for consistent participation in the league competitions. Hence “PERFORMANCE MATURITY”

It should be clearly understood that sporadic and inefficient training will deprive even the best talent of future glory.

  1. VOLUME, INTENSITY AND DIFFICULTY OF TRAINING MUST GADUALLY INCREASE.

Exercises, used in training are governed by rules which define how much work load should be put on players’ during practice. Performance improvement can only be achieved if the volume, intensity and difficulty of exercises are gradually increased.

  1. ADDRESSING PLAYERS’ INDIVIDUAL NEEDS FOR IMPROVEMENT

Coaches do not train “teams” they train the “players”. There are distinct differences on individual technical and tactical behavior which require that certain aspects of training be done according to these particularities