Basics of Coaching a Junior Football Team

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015 in Competitions, Histon Hornets, Teams and Players | Comments Off on Basics of Coaching a Junior Football Team

There is more than to blowing up the whistle, organising the team sheet and preparing the car filled with footballs when it comes to coaching a team of young football players. Football has become more popular than any other sports lately, and the young ones have started their own little league, forming various junior football team inspired by the iconic teams they look up to. But these teams will not do without an experienced, professional coach.

trainingshot_4e680319e0996As a coach, your first step to create a good junior football team is to make a coaching philosophy. It may sound difficult, but creating one is very simple. But living through this philosophy is proven to be difficult for most coaches. It is near impossible to guide the team without a philosophy. What you need to do is focus on the well-being of each player and their best interests; uphold the virtues of integrity, honestly, good sportsmanship and fair play; placing fun, development of skills and safety above than personal aims of winning; and promoting respect to coaches and other players in the team, including the officials. Even with the philosophy already intact and in place, you will find it hard to follow through it all the time. This is especially true when parents intervene, saying that they are only wasting their son’s lives for not winning any games lately, they have not made it halfway in the season, or why less capable players are given more practice time compared to the best players of the team. Your philosophy will be challenged all the time, so before you are entrusted with the parent’s children for coaching, discuss with them what your philosophy is. It will give them an overview about not just being a coach, but explaining yourself as a person. So you should take a lot of time thinking into your philosophy and never do it half-heartedly.

FKFK_Chelsea_SamsungYou will also need to expect the unexpected. Youngsters grow quicker than the adults, so you will have to expect changes both emotionally and physically on the young junior football teams at different age levels. It will enhance your coaching capabilities if you are a keen observer and know to adapt to situations. Expect children ages 6 and below to never played football before, and it will be their first experience to be placed into a setting of organised team. You simply need to introduce football to them and its basic elements. They are not really concerned about their future with football yet, so letting them enjoy the play is at its best. Those at the ages 7 to 9 will tend to begin focusing on practicing and mastering the basics. They will also look forward for feedbacks from their parents and coaches, too, when it comes to their performance. For those aged 10 to 12, these are children that have already experienced playing football and are continuing to do it because they have a liking to it. Make sure to encourage and emphasize teamwork amongst the junior football players, as this will increase their morale, motivation and the drive to do better for themselves and for the team.