It’s critically important to make sure that all of your players experience success. Without some level of achievement, it’s nearly impossible for them to enjoy themselves. Success helps to keep players motivated and enthusiastic about playing soccer.
Success can come in a variety of forms. Most people think of winning as success. But that’s not what we’re talking about here.
We believe that you should forget about winning and focus instead on learning, celebrating each player’s individual improvements along with the triumphs of the team as a whole.
Here are just a few ways that you can celebrate those small, but meaningful accomplishments:
- Run a mix of drills that vary in difficulty so EVERY player has the opportunity to succeed. Sometimes, just completing a drill can create a feeling of victory and satisfaction for your players.
- Verbally reward and praise improvement. Give your players lots of compliments when they’re doing well and let them know how much they have improved. Congratulate them on the progress they’ve made. It’s easy to forget how much they have grown as players, and it’s your job to remind them.
- Reward hard work because this usually results in improvement too.
- Measure performance and reward development. Your options are unlimited here. This can be as simple as tracking the number of shots they make during practice, then showing how much they improved a few weeks later. It’s a “small” success that makes players feel good and motivates them to keep working.A few other things that you can measure include:
– Number of goals scored
– Number of defensive stops
– Number of clean passes
– Great communication to a teammate
You see, not everything is about winning.
- Don’t be overly critical. If you see that a player isn’t executing a drill properly, be sure to mention what they’re doing right as well. Players will respond better to criticism if it’s “sandwiched” between a couple of favorable comments.
PLEASE leave your thoughts and ideas below about making players feel successful..