Crazy 8-9 Soccer Kids!
Posted 18 August 2003 - 10:04 AM
By the end of the one and a half hour practice, I was exhausted. I had coached 4 through 8 year olds before, but now with girls mixed with boys at this age, and my son not taking me seriously, I was having a really hard time commanding the children's respect at the outset. I have an opportunity to practice one more time between now and our first game and I need to quickly establish respect from these kids. I'm just not used to these older ones!
Any advice would be great.
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Posted 02 April 2006 - 03:07 PM
Of course the other tip is that you have to keep the kids doing something. Let them stand in line for more than a minute, and you've got chaos. When I do need to explain something for them, I make them all sit in the net area (I only have 10 kids) and explain things to them there. Just keep your explanations short.
If you find that these ideas work for your youth, please post back here as I think everyone would be interested in your results.
I also find that making all the kids run laps don't work. The troublemaker often thinks its funny that the whole team has to run. I often make the troublemaker run laps by himself, or just set them out. I also tell the troublemaker that if behavior doesn't improve, you won't get to play the positions that you want to play. Sometimes that helps, sometimes its a lost cause.
Those are my ideas. What other 'specific' ideas do you do that work? What do you do for punishment?
Posted 30 June 2006 - 05:24 AM