Advocating the Use of A Routine
Sean McCann, PhD; U.S. Olympic Committee Performance Services, Sport Psychologist wrote an article entitled, “Routines, Rituals and Performing Under Pressure” in which he strongly advocates the use of ‘Routines’ because ‘Routines’ help elite athletes…
• Do the right things
• Prevent dumb mistakes
• Avoid doing the wrong things
• Make useful behavior automatic
• Reduce thinking and decision making
• Enhance feelings of control and confidence
• Stay active and focused on useful behaviors
• Increases the sense of familiar in a new environment
• Increase the opportunity for the brain to focus on the proper things
His article ended with these profound words, “An initial investment of energy in developing good habits will create a great return down the road. I see this all the time in sports, and I’ll never forget what a great coach once said to me. “Why are all these coaches screaming from the sideline? If they had done their job in practice they wouldn’t have to say anything during a game.” If a coach develops great routines, and the athletes develop great habits, then the habits make them great players.”
Today one will find that great players developed great habits in practices by youth coaches who developed practice routines with ACTION-S
Activity! Appropriate soccer activity has to be a youth coach’s main objective when planning and running a practice session.
Consistency! The key to creating good soccer habits will come from good consistent repetition.
Teaching less! A fact: When players and the ball are moving, soccer learning is taking place. When the players and the ball stop moving, soccer learning stops!.
Interest in player development must be a high priority.
Organize practice sessions in such a manner that it becomes apparent it is a rehearsal for the game day routine.
No Lapse. No Lines. No Lectures!
Self –Discipline. The coach acting firmly, fairly, consistently and matter of factly when player’s actions go against established practice rules.
The D-7 Instructional Staff is prepared to teach YOU how to run a successful practice with “ACTION-S”. For details write to: email@example.com
Koach Karl Dewazien, District 7 Recreation Administrator,State Director of Coaching - California Youth Soccer Association (1979-2012). Author of the Internationally Published FUNdamental SOCCER Books Series. Producer of the highly acclaimed ‘9-Step Practice Routine’ DVD.
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