What is your coaching philosophy?
Hopefully you have given this question proper consideration as coaching involves so much more than rolling a ball out for practice and making out a line up for games. This article will atempt to provide the reader with an outline for defining their own coaching philosophy. It's pefectly acceptable to model yours after that of a respected coach but you must make it your own. That is, you cannot incorporate something into your philosophy that you do not fully understand or do not believe in just because it works for someone else.
Why are you a coach?
How did you become a coach? Perhaps you are a parent-coach and "got volunteered" for the position. You might have a passion for the sport and for teaching. Maybe you took the position because no one else did or because you felt you could do a better job than other candidates? Are you a coach because you believe you have something positive to offer to the players and the game they play?
Next consider where you are at as a coach and where you want to be as a coach in the future
Are you in for 1 season or do you see yourself coaching for a number of years? Do you aspire to coach competitive club soccer, high school soccer, ODP, college or perhaps even professionally? Determine your destination so you might then determine your course.
What do you seek to accomplish by being a coach?
For some parent-coaches this might be as simple as getting through a season without doing too much developmental harm to players games. Maybe you are in it to win every game? You might wish to help young players develop and prepare for competitive club soccer or high school soccer.
1) Who are you?
2) What is your purpose?
3) What are your goals?
4) What are your values?
5) What is the process you will follow?
Who you are and what your purpose is should be easily identified. Properly setting goals can be a bit trickier so let's take a look at some of the key considerations to take into account when identifying your coaching goals.
1) Limited number of goals.
Set a goal for yourself as coach.
Set a goal for the season.
Set a goal for the program
2) Be specific in defining your goals.
3) Goals must be challenging yet realistically obtainable.