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Keys to Successfully Coaching Youth Soccer, By Trevor Adair

September 1, 2012 Leave a comment

Coaching youth soccer players is an excellent way to give back to your community and help children form healthy habits that can last a lifetime. To ensure that your coaching experience will be pleasant for you and your team, follow these tips for successful youth coaching.

• Focus on having fun and building soccer skills. The younger the players are, the more important it is for a coach to emphasize the “fun” aspect of sports. Without developing a love for the game, many children will inclined to quit and, thus, not reap the benefits of being part of a team.
• Conduct age-appropriate practices. Younger kids need basic skill development conducted during shorter practice times. Older kids benefit from more intense, lengthier sessions.
• Set a positive example. By demonstrating the benefits of sportsmanship, teamwork, and learning from one’s mistakes, you will teach your team valuable lessons not only for sports, but also for their entire lives.

About Trevor Adair

As assistant coach for the men’s soccer team at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, Trevor Adair strives to provide leadership to his team both on and off the field. Adair has coached soccer at the collegiate level for more than 30 years. In addition, Trevor Adair has provided 27 years of dedicated service to United States Youth Soccer Association.