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Lawrie O'Keeffe, Sophia Jowett and 9 others like this.
 

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timhpal
Tim Palmer said:
Hi Richard - thanks for sharing this. It's really insightful look at a part of your coaching process.
I was wondering, do you ever have issues with players listing very generic or unspecific goals? I can imagine this is something that comes up, and was wondering what strategies you had to have players understand the need for measurable, specific objectives.
18/01/16
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Richard2591
Richard Allen said:
Hi Tim, great question. I have had this issue with some younger players particularly as I do these plans with 5-11 year olds. The header at the top of the development plan document asks players to be specific about their development. If they were too vague then this creates faction and ambiguity. For example, if a player just bullet pointed 'attacking 1v1' then this could mean attacking when the defender is in front, to the side, behind or on the angle. So it's really important to bullet point their development because otherwise it can flaw the concept.

However, it's also about knowing your players. Some players will struggle to delineate their weaknesses, so you can work with them to agree some targets and tangible things they could either stay, stop or start doing. Particularly working with senior players, they will appreciate the smaller the detail the greater effect it will have on the performance of them and the team. I also trialled an app called the S20 app which helps coaches identify KPI's within games, however we found out we could actually create our own template. Also when the players did their objectives, we had them all in one room and at first they all took their piece of paper to one corner...! However we encouraged them to collaborate, because if a striker knows that the centre midfielder wants to run with the ball more and loses it, then they won't get as frustrated because they know it's one of their learning points. So getting players to collaborate their objectives is key, especially within different ranks and units in the team. Hope that helps?
18/01/16
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LawrieOK
Hi Richard - I tried to open your three attachments but nothing appeared. are the links still functioning? Thx.
26/01/16
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robertkmaaye
Rob Maaye said:
Hi Lawrie. I have tested in a couple of browsers and the attachment links are working for me. I will email them across to you now
27/01/16
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sophia
Sophia Jowett said:
This is an example of great coaching and thank you for sharing. It illustrates a deep level of what I call "individualised coaching". I know from experience this helps athletes to thrive. Coaches who care for their athletes' personal development as a performer (and as a person) are likely to commit wholeheartedly and work their hardest. The approach you describes engages the athletes and allows them not only to give 110% but also genuinely and purposefully connect with the coaches, the goals set, the direction the entire team is going. Excellent!
27/01/16
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Richard2591
Richard Allen said:
Hi Sophia, thanks for the comment. You've summarised really well that essentially it is individual coaching, I'm exploring more ways to A) Monitor this and B) Develop more ways to connect players with their learning and the game. One of the things I identified in the shift in culture was the perspective of the players about performance and learning. Those who weren't in the team aimed to develop themselves instead of focusing on getting into the team, and allowed the rest to take care of itself! The team 'spirit' and more so harmony was probably the best I've ever been involved with..!
28/01/16
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cchapman
Chris Chapman said:
Hi Richard, Thanks for taking the time to share the process you work through with your players and how it helps them to develop and grow within your coaching environment. A great example of how consistency, connectivity and cohesion ensure that coaching practice and long term planning remain aligned to coaching philosophy and long term aims. A great read and I will be sharing :-)
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