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Checklist for Beginner Coaches

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  1. Create a positive environment:
    • Learn names quickly,
    • Smile, praise and encourage
    • Be patient and supportive
    • Make it FUN!
  2. Set achievable goals:
    • Keep the player’s development in mind
    • Make sessions challenging
    • Ensure skill development is progressive.
  3. Vary your sessions:
    • Change format and activities when required to continually engage players.
    • Ensure equal opportunity for all players. Avoid elimination games where players sit out.  Include non-competitive team work.  Include Game Sense activities and allow players to ‘play the game’
    • Use different coaching methods.
  4. Teach skills:
    • Plan to have a learning outcome for your session based around skill development./li>
    • Regularly revise skills from previous weeks.
  5. Demonstrate:
    • Appeal to visual learners Use the players to demonstrate correct skill execution where possible.
    • Demonstrate correct execution or decision making, not incorrect. Make sure all players can see the demonstration.
  6. Involve all players:
    • Have ample equipment available.
    • Use several small groups rather than one large one.
    • Understand what motivates your players and plan accordingly
  7. Provide instant feedback:
    • Use lots of purposeful praise (that was well done because you…..)
    • Ask questions to make players aware of areas to improve
  8. Be a great communicator:
    • Try not to have too many instructions.
    • Try to have as much one-to-one (discrete) coaching as possible.
    • Offer opportunities for 2 way communication.