Being a good team player is one thing, but being a great soccer team captain is another. Very few players will have this golden opportunity in taking up such an important leadership role. However, if you are fortunate to take up the role of a team captain, then you will need to be a good leader for your teammates; this is both during soccer training and off the field.
There are different types of leaders present. However, the best are those that lead by example; they communicate well and when such a leader gives you a compliment you feel stronger and taller. If this is the kind of leader you are hoping to be, then read on to find out how to train and develop yourself to be a great soccer captain.
1. Lead by example
Leading by example is a key point in developing yourself for the leadership role. If your teammates see that you are positive and always working hard, they will follow suit and look up to you for the proper guidance. Some of the ways you can show your efforts to your teammates is; do not jog at a time you are meant to be running and try not giving up along the way. If you slack off, or you give less effort in the game it is a sign that they also do not need to try as hard.
In youth soccer the players need to be able to demonstrate certain skills in order to secure themselves not only a spot on the team but also a particular position. Those positions require specific skills and these skills can be evaluated in a competitive way. The youth soccer players are usually taught these skills during tryouts.
Youth soccer players are in a phrase where learning is critical and students learn through various methods. One that is critical to youth soccer is demonstrations. You can tell a youth player 100 times and they may still not understand the skill until they get a visual. Visual learning is key to successful youth soccer programs. How do we get this visual learning concept? A visual demonstration put together with the auditory commands we ask kids to do every day will connect the missing elements and often have kids have a much better understanding.
Whether you are watching on TV or bought a ticket, let’s look past being just a spectator. This is how coaches watch games and it is much different than when others do. There are so many skills and strategies being played out away from the ball that it is a waste to chase the ball with your eyes all the time. Game plan to watch a game, and that takes focus and concentration. If you are wanting to look at fitness level of a team, effects of fatigue, and effort away from the ball then stay focused to watch for those things. Strategic planning (grouping things together that can be watched at the same time) makes seeing what you’re watching easier. The three previous examples can all be seen away from the ball and you can see all three at the same time. Bad planning would force you to try and see the whole field and absorb everything at once and that would be too much to watch. Remember, when trying to watch everything you miss the most.
WHAT AND WHO IS RIGHT?
"Is competition healthy for players' development in Youth Soccer Divisions?", "If not, when is it right time to implement it in a player's career?", "How should the format of competition be organized?" – these are all questions and an ongoing dilemma among youth soccer associations, club philosophies, sociologists, parents, and so on. When taking aspects such as knowledge, experience, perception into consideration, it is not easy to conclude what is right.
When creating a soccer lesson plan, remember the following points:
1. As a coach, you should adjust your sessions to comply with the number of players on the team. Every drill should be set up accordingly and match the number of participants.
2. With communication being a key factor for success, you have to make sure that your instructions and activities are age specific - the younger your players, the simpler the language must be.
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