THE “TABLE ROCK” WAY
- Measured and Encouraged
- Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can do what others can’t.
- The focus is always on quality in everything we do.
- Be prepared to lead and with it, accept the responsibilities that come with leadership.
- Hard-work beats talent, when talent doesn’t work hard.
As Table Rock (TR) Coaches you are the teachers who can take an overwhelming message, or insurmountable physical task, and make it digestible by breaking it down into bite size pieces.
A cliche’ is in order! Attributed to Einstein, ‘Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid…”
Players develop at all different times throughout their soccer playing career. Players should only be presented with exercises, drills and games that suit their current abilities interests and expectations.
Our club sees training, more than games, as a tool to foster long-term player and coaching development. This is a very technical sport to learn…since this game deals heavily in the usage of feet, it instantly becomes foreign to most people. If you can’t demonstrate technique, many opt to focus on tactics; where to be on a throw in, off-sides trap, etc.
As Coaches, you are responsible for the motivation of your players and teams. Make your players think, instead of thinking for them. Present players with tailor-made problems they have to resolve on their own. Foster an environment of problem-solving to encourage quick, wise thinking on the field. Teach your players to find an answer when under pressure, which will carry them not only through their soccer development, but through life.
Explain what the expectations of the drills are and demonstrate it. Players listen to detail and operate more efficiently if the direction or information is given before-hand…especially if they feel included in the process. Which speaking of – Include them in their own soccer-career growth by setting personal goals for the season with them. Explain what the training will be comprised of and then encourage them to focus and reach those goals! Communicate with the players and parents about Benchmark Badges and the Club’s vertical integration in the way we develop players; i.e. The Path to the First Team.
We have benchmarks for the players to achieve in the program to aid in their technical development – Why benchmarks, you ask? In order for the players to drive the standards of the Club. A natural process to ensure retention of information, having benchmarks allows individual player accountability and responsibility and the courage to hold each other accountable. Through benchmarks, the individual players will collectively set a higher standard.
“We are what we repeatedly do…Excellence therefore is not an act, but a habit…” -Aristotle
Technical growth is the individual groundwork of the game. Because of this, from our youngest players up to U10, their technical development is our primary focus. Tactics are introduced at about U10, but it depends on the level and skill of the team. Naturally technical development is needed throughout a player’s career however it’s crucial at the youngest ages.
Learning involves work. If the players don’t develop their technical skills before they attend weekend games, you are asking them to compete before they can truly play. Players that lack standard improvement in the technical areas will benefit tremendously from the Badge system and by performing “homework” outside of training.
‘Success is measured by what we have done to prepare for competition.’ -John Smith