All coaches must be able to create an opportunity to evaluate a player’s ability to execute a certain skill or task so that the training required can be achieved.
More simply put, at what level is the player performing a particular skill? One of the best ways to evaluate the level of competency is to use Free Play.
Good coaches use free play to observe a player’s capabilities. Free play describes the condition where individuals play without restrictions on time or space.
During free play, players avoid others, seek open space, and become more aware of the action around them.
A coaches observational powers will increase as they are forced to isolate individual action in a group.
Provide an environment for teaching solutions (options) to match problems.
Typical methods include:
A training game (drill) requires organization of the players to repeatedly execute a specific skill, tactic or combination thereof.
As a coach you must think static and progress to dynamic as quickly as possible.
When playing games:
The coach must always remember to go from the simple to the complex, communicating in a language appropriate to the age of the players they are working with.
So now you are ready to teach. There are steps that are required that a coach must follow in order to be an effective teacher (coach):
A coach should use a systematic approach to help in communicating with and training players.
Training (practice) is an attempt to duplicate a match in a learning environment. The goal is to build up to match conditions. Each segment of training should be communicated in a clear and positive manner. Feedback is provided to the players on an individual basis. If a coach uses a systematic approach to training, players will assimilate the material in a rapid and efficient manner.