Similar to the article which has sparked this one recently we as coaches at Casual to Pro had a sit down conversation about how we can improve our communication channels with the students when we are coaching them. As highlighted by the coaching manual - a fantastic resource for parents and aspiring coaches - sometimes we as coaches spend so much time around people who've been involved in football for so long we forget there are people who don't speak our 'language’.
Some of the students would have picked up on this just by attending classes but we often use terms with them that have specific meanings on the football pitch. This is how we can quickly provide direct instructions to players so they perform an action as soon as possible. Some examples of this would include 'time’ which means we want the player with the ball to know to slow down and look around as they currently have some time another would be 'man on’ which means there is an opposition player on them about to tackle them prompting them to either shield or pass the ball.
Attached to this article there is an image (The Coaching Manual, 2017) which has most of the important calls/instructions we would like the players to familiarise themselves with. We may even have it as a homework quiz one week to see how much they remember and then test how well they use them to let their teammates know what is happening on the pitch.
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