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ConnectedCoaches members share their top tips for coaching 13–18 year olds | Coaching Youth (age 13-18)

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Daniel Edson said:
As a coach who has worked with adults participants, with a range of motivations and skills sets for a number of years. I have developed some top tips for working with youth participants and providing an excellent coaching environment.

• When communicating with young people, coaches need to listen and taking on board their thoughts and ideas to help maintain engagement and allow for participants to take some ownership. Open channels of communication between the participants and the coach also allow the young people to be involved in the planning process.
• As Coaches we need to be able to recognise and understand a number of emotional and behavioral traits to better understand and support youth participants;
o The confidence levels of each young participant are key for coaches to gauge participants’ ability to perform in their chosen sport and how best to support their development as an athlete.
o Each young participants stage of physical and emotional maturity, is crucial to help when planning many sporting activities as it can help athletes to better develop in some area’s than when groupings are based solely on age.
o Young people have numerous other commitments and pressures that are placed up them, these include, academic commitments, family circumstances and many more, as coaches it s how we as can recognise these and ensure we influence young people to recognise that participation in sport is fun and enjoyable and not a burden to their schedule.
• Flexibility is a must! No two sessions when working within youth sport will be the same as attendance numbers, as well as young peoples needs, interests and energy levels can vary from session to sessions. However coaches need to ensure that every young person achieves a sense of mastery and success by the end of each session.
• Athlete or participant centred coaching methods of coaching are crucial for maintaining engagement. This also allows for participants to use a variety of activities and practices within a session to ensure that fun and enjoyment are retained throughout alongside the learning and development of new and existing skills.

There also needs to be a recognition that all participants young and old will be motivated in different ways, some by mastering a new skill, whilst others will be motivated by gaining a positive result over an opponent or opposition team. As coaches we need to be able to differentiate between participants goals accordingly and then support and encourage participants to strive to achieve these and continue to set short, medium and long term goals.

Finally all coaches need to continue to actively learn, develop and share ideas with other coaches. Watching other coaches deliver, attending formal training and educations opportunities or utilising the ever expanding online coaching community to share ideas is crucial for all coaches working in all areas of sport to continually improve and develop their practice.
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David Colvin said:

Just some thoughts

1. Arrival activity - have something for them to do upon there arrival ( I always set up a box and play 10 v 2 tight 10 by 10 box or or something like this, but I coach football so something similar, join in if you can to set focus and tempo)

2. Get them all moving - following pre arrival, Try to start with something that gets them all involved high pace, game related ( I coach football so I always start with possession for 20 minutes)

3. Challenges - use challenges to motivate individuals, things you want them to do, just speak to people while sessions goes on, so don't need to stop everyone

4. Keep everyone involved - limit line drills to no more than four people, keep tempo high then give plenty of rest breaks

5. Be brief and concise - if speaking to whole group try to make coaching points within 30 seconds and get them playing again

6. Reward the winners - when we do game based drills the winners get to do a fun challenge such as cross bar, soccer am style drill for last five minutes losing team get the gear in, this keeps things competitive and seems to get them going

7. Encourage leadership - give players responsibility for things, setting up arrival drills, doing team talks before games in practice, picking formations and tactics

8. Use scenarios- in games rather than just playing use scenarios I.e your losing and need a goal, need a draw to qualify

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