Hi Everyone, thanks for joining me for another edition of our coach insights newsletter. One of the top ten this week asks what advice would we give to a new coach just starting their coaching journey. For me, it’s a massive moment of self-reflection because there’s so much to say like, have a backup plan to a backup plan to your backup plan for sessions, highlight the wins as well as the areas for improvement, in years to come they may not remember your sessions but they’ll remember how you made them feel, and more!! Coaching can be amazing but it can also be a big drain on your resources (time, energy, happiness, focus) self-reflection helps to put everything into perspective and see where you are, how far you’ve come, and recalibrate on where you want to be. Don’t pass up those opportunities to do that. Right on to the top ten!
The Top Ten Of The Week
I know I usually put articles or videos etc but this tweet helps us to do something that we often forget to do. reflect on ourselves. What advice would you give to a new coach starting on their coaching journey and why? think about it and have a look at the answers under the tweet.
I've come across players cards before, where you can set challenges or they gamify training, such as giving them special power (think extra players more than the ability to fly) but never seen coaching cards. Here are a few from the magic academy. I really like the mission control one and the conversation with coaches after training.
Check out this infographic from Tom Hartley that looks at all the influences on our coaching. I have only actively thought of about half of what's on there but there is so much that does. What's your biggest influence?
Mega Thread on Penalty shootouts. Some amazing insights here. how can you use them to help your players?
Legendary coach Arrigo Sacchi explaining his approach to coaching 442.
We've always looked at CB partnerships and the most successful have always been a combination of skillsets. One of the most misunderstood aspects, for me, is that this is more of a combination of prominent skillsets or super strengths rather than the other person can't do what his partner does. what do you think of this definition of defending styles?
Really interesting blog post from the coaching the coaches team. How can we introduce ecological dynamics into youth coaching? I really like the idea of coaches helping players to identify problems rather than just handing them solutions. Are your sessions creating these opportunities, are you asking the right questions to help them. lots to think about.
Adin is a well-known top professional coach, here he has a thread on some of his favourite exercises he's shared on Twitter before. As always if you're taking ideas think about how they apply to your principles and what outcomes you'll be trying to get out of them.
This post from another newsletter talks you through 12 things coaches and parents do but should reconsider. There are some thought-provokers here like when to start strength training. are there any that you do or any of the parents of the players you coach do? maybe send them then link to this article.
Well thought out article from Eric Laurie here talking through his principles for building and progressing play as a unit. what do you think of his principles, do they align with how you set your players out to build and progress?
I hope that all piqued your interest and you’ll investigate them further. As always if you know anyone who would enjoy our content please use the share buttons below and have them join the community of over 100 coaches. Have a great weekend and week.