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Athlete Centered Coaching - Question Asking

The 90+ Project believes in an ATHLETE CENTERED Coaching Approach.  Everything is oriented toward developing the child as a player and a person and the coaching philosophy has the training and learning centered on them.  

A key to this approach is coaches having a set of well developed questions to ask the athlete.  Asking open and probing questions leads to growth.  

As a model the GROW approach to question asking can provide a sequence that coaches can use to develop the types of questions to ask:

G - What is your Goal? (what are you wanting to achieve etc)
R - Reality – what is happening now?
O - Options – what options do you have?
W- What Will you do now? – What are you going to do? (then loop around to the goal again) 

Coacjhes, center your training on your athletes and ask good open ended questions for them to process and learn.  

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It's Working!

Recent statistics on the growth of low income and underserved youth having an increased participate rate in youth sports.  Our efforts are making the game and the personal and social development from participating in sports more possible!

Number of Low Income Children playing youth sports. 

 

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Dribbling Exercise

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Make a 20x30 yard gird divided into two halves with an equal number of cones on each side of the grid.  Place 1 team in each half.  On the coach’s command the players will dribble to the opponents half and touch a cone with the ball, pick up the cone and take it to their half.  The team with the most cones in 3 minutes wins the round.  

Variation:

players can defend their treasure by tagging the opponent with a cone before he/she crosses the half.  The player drops the cone at the place they were tagged. 

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Speed?

What is speed? The sports press often confuses speed with insight. See, if I start running slightly earlier than someone else, I seem faster. [Johan Cruyff] 

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True Leaders

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Players that aren’t true leaders but try to be, always bash other players after a mistake. True leaders on the pitch already assume others will make mistakes. [Johan Cruyff] 

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Futsal Overview

Many of you will be starting up indoor training or futsal sessions this winter.  Here is a Washington Youth Soccer Futsal Training Manual.  Over the coming weeks 90+ will be posting about indoor / futsal training sessions in preparation for the winter season.  

 

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Donate Used Soccer Gear

Coaches, 

At the end of the season as players outgrow soccer cleats, jerseys, and shorts or if they just move on to the latest and newest gear, considering encouraging them to donate their used gear to 90+.  We repurpose the soccer gear and supply youth in our area and around the world with "new to them" gear.  Help make someone's day with a simple donation.  

Find out more here:

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Q and A

Why play small sided games?

Several coaches ask why 90+ and IEYSA favor small sided games for training and competition.  Here are a few compelling reasons. 

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Inclusion Training

LGBT: DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

United Soccer Coaches is offering an interactive online mini-course developed to help educate coaches about the inclusion and support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender athletes. The 10-minute course titled ‘LGBT: Diversity and Inclusion’ is available now as a free public service including a Diploma upon completion.

LGBT Diversity and Inclusion participants will:

  • Learn about working with LGBT players and colleagues
  • Know how to become an ally with the LGBT community

Take this online course for free:  https://90plusproject.org/online-learning/

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Injury Prevention

Session warmup to prepare players for the training time.  Designed and proven to cut down on significant training injuries.  Below is a series of videos.

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First Touch

One of the most essential elements of the game and what separate good players from great is first touch.  This video outlines 3 first touch exercises with 2 cones.  It is a simple activity that can be done 1 on 1 or with a group of players.  Instructions and coaching points are embedded in the video.  

Coaches, add this as part of your warm-up for this week.  Ensure that players get plenty of touches on the ball and continue to develop their first touch.  

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Be Encouraged!

As coaches there are times when thoughts run through your mind like, "will they ever get it?" or "will I ever see improvement".  Allow this short video to encourage you.  Keep putting in the work and the results will arrive.  Players will transform from meager ball skills and technique into players who consistently demonstrate great technique.

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