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Motivating Kids In Soccer Sessions

By Thomas Weeks

As a soccer coach, how will you be able to motivate your soccer player kids for them to enjoy soccer and continue on playing? Here are useful information that you should know.

1. Never make unrealistic expectations that are not fit to the developmental level of the little players.If you expect something that are beyond their capacities, the kids will struggle to attain that expectation. If they will see that they are not progressing, the kids will slowly try to give up the game because they’ll think that they have been a failure.

2. Be aware of a kid’s muscle coordination and level of dedication at his age level, which is why knowing the profile of your players, is very important.

3. Make the learnings about the full concept of the game easy for the kids, especially the fundamentals of soccer. Demonstrate the drills to them because it is more helpful than oral instructions.

4. Create soccer drills that offer competition. Kids enjoy playing with their peers and participating in friendly games.

5. When a child commits a mistake, approach him positively. Yelling and pressuring him won’t help so avoid that because it is not a right way of motivating a child to do better.

6. Avoid comparison of your little soccer players. This can damage their self-confidence, and when this happens, the fun of playing soccer disappears.

7. Challenge the kids to compete against themselves, not against other teammates. This way, they will see their personal progress. If they continue to focus on their personal progress in improving their skills, they will learn to appreciate and love soccer more.

8. Develop realistic goals that the kids can devote their effort to. Always lift their spirit so they can see their improvement as they reach those goals.

It may not be easy to motivate kids in playing soccer, but just think that the positive ways you are teaching them will bring a great impact in their lives as they grow. Training them to play soccer – the self-discipline, setting goals, managing time, making decisions, teamwork, fitness, sportsmanship – is like teaching them what life is. If they will be successful in this, then they will carry great success through life.

Thomas Weeks offers everything about having a winning soccer team. Find out more about Soccer at his website about Soccer Coaching.

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