My child is in the team - HELP!
Whatever your level of experience as a coach, parent or volunteer, this situation might occur.
1. You are asked to take over the team to keep it going when the coach cannot do it any more and you want your son or daughter to still have somewhere to play.
2. You are the person who starts a new team when your child is very young to get them playing games and involved with other like-minded children and friends.
However the situation arises you now find yourself in charge of a team with your child in it. A great deal of the support we offer to very young players is related to the psychological and social corner of development. Young children are finding out where they fit into this big wide world. They are discovering things that they are good at (or not so good at, sometimes). It is becoming clear that other children might have different capabilities, opinions and thoughts and they are having to deal with and understand this.
When explained in this way it is clear that there is an awful lot for the young child/player to deal with and the effective Foundation Phase coach will be increasingly aware of this and be skilled at supporting players and children of this young age.
What do you need to consider, what do you need to know more about?
I want to try to reassure you and give you some things to think about to help you become an effective coach in these situations. The reason I believe I can help is that you, as a parent, have a lot more to draw upon than you think.
In all honesty with very young players the football will take care of itself (within reason) and whilst it is important that the player’s enjoyment and understanding of the game improves through your coaching, another priority will be for you to understand where the children might be developmentally and use this to help your effectiveness and you will have been through this as a parent with your own child.
In looking at where the child is and understanding this more, I believe it will help you to become a more effective coach of these young players and your own son or daughter.