Ask any coach who has coached for a considerable time period about how much of the game is mental. Most coaches would say that the game is 80% Mental and 20% Physical. What does this actually mean?
Personally, it means that the technical and tactical elements of coaching are not the ones that make the most difference in the long run. Most of the stuff that we’ve covered above highlight that. Understanding the Learning Process, building Confidence, Motivating Youth Players, teaching decision-making and there’s so much more that goes into it.
Whilst we rely a lot on research and scientific studies to guide various component when it comes to sport, anatomy, strength training, recovery, injury prevention, motivation, learning methodologies, cognitive load and so much more. At the end of the day, we are working with people. Not just people, we are working with youth players. Youth players who haven’t fully developed all their emotions. Youth players who haven’t
There is no formula or recipe on how to coach your team. Your team is unique to you and you are an artist. As a close friend would say, you are a stand-up comedian (an artist). Your job is to sample new material, test it out, get the crowds attention, engage them, keep their attention and take them on this journey with you. Coaching is the same. As a coach, you want your players to be excited when they come to practice, you want to engage them, and keep their attention, you want to direct their attention to certain areas and you want them to work with you as you embark on this journey with them. They will stay with you and work with you if they enjoy being around you and the team. How are you facilitating that?