The challenge in coaching youth players is found in enabling them to listen to and understand what the game is trying to teach them. Too often a substitute voice, that of a coach or parent, tries to impart knowledge of the game to the player. There is, and can be, no substitution for the game itself being the best teacher of the game. Players are the sum total of what they have personally experienced on the field of play. At best, a coach or parent can hope to aid the player after the fact in interpreting the information the player gathers as a result of playing the game.
Let us consider for a moment some of the sounds often heard at a soccer game.
Pass the ball!
Kick it out!
These are but a few examples of instructions being shouted out to players during the run of play in a game. When we consider these instructions it is easy to discern that they all deal with tactical aspects of the game. For example, when was the last time you heard someone shout to a player to employ a specific technique? Do we hear people yelling use a push pass or drive the ball with the laces? When was the last time you shouted use a Ronaldo, or try a bicycle kick during a game?