Grass Roots and Football Boots

By 01 June 2020

Sports Books: Football for Kidz

Here we study the new Football for Kidz book published by Labourmen’s and written by Paul Hardcastle.

It is a book that cover several points about teaching kids how to play football. For this review, we analyse 5 of those talking points that you will find inside the book.

Parents play an important role in the development of their child’s football, but have you ever researched, supported, or hindered the development of players? How can you support and encourage your children without getting in the way?

We’ve seen everything extreme: parents who are rampant and crazy from the side-lines, parents get their players to play seven days a week all year round, and parents don’t perform at all or seem to be interested in their child’s life on the field.

But most football parents are between the two: parents who have good intentions and who only want the best for their child. This offer is for the old man.

Here are five behaviours that I have seen from their parents and that could have a dramatic impact on children and their football development:

1. They do not encourage players to make mistakes

Sounds contradictory, but yes, we want players to make mistakes … that’s the best way they learn! With so much focus on management skills and won matches, few players take risks. My wise colleague always says “brave” to his players. Made a mistake. “

Most children want the approval of their parents and coaches, and they need to know that you are encouraging it, and you will understand that they have tried, even if they failed. Because in the end they didn’t fail. From then on, they learned something valuable and it would help them grow as players and individuals.

Instead of kids always skipping the ball because they are afraid of 1v1 players, brave players learn when it’s better to drop and when it’s better to graduate, without hesitation or fear.

2. They fight in battles that do not belong to them

Have you ever asked a coach how your child doesn’t have enough time to play? Now, I can tell you that this is a conversation that all coaches hate with their parents, and your child may not help in any way. Instead, encourage players to take ownership of the game and develop it into a player.

They must (at a certain age) contact the trainer if they have any questions or comments. I promise you that this will improve with the educator, will usually lead to more useful information, and will also teach your child a series of lessons that can be applied to his or her life on and off the field.

3. They do not involve their players in the development process

How much do you know what players do during practice? I urge you to find out! This doesn’t mean you have to call a coach or club and ask about their training plans.

Instead, take your child into discussions about the skills or ideas he or she thinks he or she thinks will stimulate. This can also allow players to set personal goals as they progress. There used to be a parent I know of that would teach their 10-year-old son about football betting to help make him aware that there was a level of responsibility on his shoulders. His day would then begin to bet on his son to show in the consequences if he didn’t play well. He would bet just as you would today, betting on which team would win the game, which players would score the goals, how many corners and fouls there were in the game.

There can be criticism for overly involving parents, but this was the most extreme kind.

4. They train and support things that are wrong on the day of the match

We all heard the parent shout, “Shoot!” or “Give it!” Maybe it’s you It’s normal to want to help players on the field, but it doesn’t help. This is a parent who is to blame for both about 1 n. 3. This gesture can cause fear for players who are already under pressure on the field. In fact, they may even be in direct conflict with what their coach has ordered.

Even if you’re a USSF-licensed trainer, don’t engage on the sidelines unless you’re a special team coach. Instead, maintain base stations. Have you ever known (after involving your child in the developmental process) that your child was mastering certain movements during exercise or has gained confidence in using his left foot? If you see them doing it in the game, go crazy and tell them you saw them trying.

5. They then analyze the game with their players

What is your ritual after playing with your child? Did you start analyzing the game and what did the players do well or badly before you even got in the car? Believe me - your sons know what they are doing wrong. If not, their supervisors or teammates may have told you.

The best thing you can say to players after the game is how much fun you look at. If they participate in post-game speeches, give it a try. But instead of a complete game analysis, try to pick some of the things they do in a game you know works.