USWNT…..more multi-sport athletes

Congratulations to our U.S. Women’s National Team for winning their third World Cup Title!  Certainly the better side throughout the tournament….fit, strong, determined, tactically not stuck to one way, and just fun to watch.

Did you know that most the 23 members played multiple sports before committing fully to soccer in their later teenage years?  Read these short articles….

USA Today Article

Post and Courier Article

Next week, I’ll recap my experiences at USYS Region IV ODP camp and a funny encounter with Brandi Chastain.

 

Wags

 

 

Another Reason for Multi-Sport Athletes

Coaches,

Please share with your teams:

In case you haven’t seen or heard about Jordan Spieth winning the U.S. Open (golf), check out these compelling articles on his path of participating in multiple sports as a youth and an interview with his mom.  A few key word takeaways throughout: ground reaction forces, PLAY, burnout, opposite directions, deceleration, fun, grounded/humble, kid driven.

Multi Sport Athletes

Interview with Mom

Best,

Wags

 

Off Season Planning

 

sleeping on field

sleeping on field

June 15, 2015

Coaches,

In an attempt to have more dialogue among each other, use this blog as a way to connect with myself and other coaches to get better.  It’s that simple.  Engage and you will reap the benefit of learning from others, sharing stories…..becoming a better coach.

Let’s start the 2015 summer, post Rocky Mountain Cup, with this question:

Does your team’s off-season planning allow for your athletes to come back in the fall rested, fresh and excited to grow, get better and be a part of the team?  What have you added (or taken out) of the program to help? Please share your plans and ideas.

 

Wags

Earning Trust

5/26/15

Tis the Player Placement Season!

When asking players to “buy in” to the workload demanded (in all four pillars- technical, tactical, psychosocial and physical) in our sport, players want and need your trust and likewise you have to have earned their trust before the ask.  Saying “trust me” no longer works.  You have to prove it to them.

One simple trick to help you:

Coach the player- not the activity!  Players desire, crave and want to be coached.  Do you know how each player responds to your instruction?  Are you attentive to each player? Do you know what makes them tick?  What are their individual goals?  What do they engage in besides soccer?  Take a few minutes during pre-season (now, tomorrow and everyday for that matter!!) to connect with each player (and their parents) to help the process of earning their trust.  It will go a long way in your ability to coach each player!

All the best,

Wags