Should you hand over control to the kids?

  Control is defined as “the power to influence or direct people’s behaviour or the course of events”. In a coaching context, it is not uncommon to see Coaches “direct behaviour” as opposed to “influence behaviour”. Leaders influence, managers direct. Which one are you? In today’s environment, we see kids playing hours and hours ofContinue reading “Should you hand over control to the kids?”

Parents role in Player Development

An interesting question posed recently to me was “How important is your 1 hour training session to a child’s actual development?”. And it got me thinking. Let’s just use Joe Canning as an example and make a few presumptions on his actual make up as a player. Environments that influence his development: – Home: TimeContinue reading “Parents role in Player Development”

What standards do you set for yourself?

Recently, i had the pleasure to spend a few evenings monitoring different training sessions with 3 different club teams. In nearly each training session, Coaches demanded excellence from their players in every facet of the training session and also away from training. “Make sure you eat right”, “Drink plenty of water over the next fewContinue reading “What standards do you set for yourself?”

Dealing with Disruptive Children in your training sessions

A Frequently asked question of me and every other coach who has ever done a workshop is “What should we do with kids who mess in training?”. The “Bold Child Syndrome” is something that happens only when kids come training. For 23 hours of the day, a child is relatively well behaved but for thatContinue reading “Dealing with Disruptive Children in your training sessions”