Some Simple Coaching Philosophy, by Terry Walsh —USA Technical Director for USA Field Hockey “Coaching is about asking questions, and listening” n We are not trainers, we are teachers. Organize your session with this in mind. n Create a “STOP” Signal for your players that is consistent throughout each session. On your “STOP” signal, all players stop what they are doing and make eye contact with you to await further direction. Example, “1...2...3...and...FREEZE!” n Create a “GO” Signal for your players that is also consistent throughout each session. This establishes a routine to keep order and allow for smooth

Some Simple Coaching Philosophy, by Terry Walsh —USA Technical Director for USA Field Hockey
“Coaching is about asking questions, and listening”
n We are not trainers, we are teachers. Organize your session with this in mind.
n Create a “STOP” Signal for your players that is consistent throughout each session. On your “STOP” signal, all players stop what they are doing and make eye contact with you to await further direction. Example, “1…2…3…and…FREEZE!”
n Create a “GO” Signal for your players that is also consistent throughout each session. This establishes a routine to keep order and allow for smooth transitions.
Example, “READY…AND…GO!”
n Show by your body language and voice in ection, that you are excited, when someone tries something you’ve taught, and be speci c as to why. “Ask a question, “Excellent reception, Matt. Why do you think it was so successful?” A reply might be, “because I had my stick on the ground?” Teacher replies, “Yes, Now, let’s set a goal to get 3 in a row, okay?”
n For 7-11 year olds, fun ‘hidden learning’ games that teach the basics will be key. Feel free to think of fun games that can be used with stick and ball.
n Develop Feedback Strategies. Feedback should be timely. You can be “corrective” but be speci c…make it fun and enjoyable for the players to give and receive feedback. Gain trust between you and each player.
n Provide high rates of instructional and motivational feedback. Ensure positive student interactions outnumber corrective ones.
n Challenge them through competition (small games / skill rep’s under time pressure and repetition (simple patterns)
n Be prepared for every scenario. Brainstorm what could happen and sort out a calm solution. Examples: Environmental (weather), kids (late), someone gets injured and you are the only coach at the site, etc.
n Establish a system of helpers to set up and put away equipment.
n Be line conscious! Be aware of how long children are having to wait for their turn. Divide students into smaller groups, use more equipment, set up activity / drill stations.

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