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2018 QCSA Coaching ThemeBe an Inspiration for our Players


“At the end of the day some you win, some you don’t. So I’m glad that I’m here with some friends that I know. Always there with a smile saying you’re not alone…”. These are some of the lyrics from the Justice Crew song “Que Sera”. It is sometimes easy to get caught up in the moment where winning becomes everything. Winning is great but should not be the ultimate goal. There is no greater satisfaction as a coach than to see friendships formed within the team, watching these friendships grow and players in the team being able to smile and say: “You’re not alone” after losing a game. As coaches we do more than just teach football skills. We have a big impact on other aspects of players’ lives. So, it is up to us to be a role model and inspire our players both on and off the field.
Pele once said: “Every kid around the world who plays soccer wants to be Pele. I have a great responsibility to show them not just how to be like a soccer player, but how to be like a man.” Football is much more than a ball and two goals. Football connects people from different backgrounds and spheres of life. Whether you are a player, coach, manager or parent - everyone becomes part of the football community and finds inspiration from one another. Professional coaches measure success in championships won and trophies received. Volunteer coaches like all of us should measure success in:
  • the smiles on the kids faces;
  • how much fun the kids have; and
  • the “Thanks Coach” at the end of the game.
A good coach can change a game – a great coach can change a life.
 

The QCSA has a Director of Coaching to assist players and coaches to further their abilities.
The 2018 DOC is Neale Smith and he can be contacted on doc@qcsa.org.au.

2017 QCSA Coaching Theme - Let Kids be Kids and Have Fun!

In 1969 a group of people from different churches & denominations got together to create a Christian sporting organization. It was important that it provided an alternative to playing on Sundays, as well as teaching children worthwhile values. From these humble beginnings the Queensland Churches Soccer Football Association BID (Brisbane/Ipswich Division) as it was then known grew into the Queensland Christian Soccer Association (QCSA). Even over 40 years later since its inception, Christian football continues to grow. This growth is attributable to a number of factors, one of which is: “People feeling drawn to the 'fun rather than winning at any cost impulse' which emphasises a play hard, play fair, play clean environment, where winning isn't everything”. Young people play football for the fun of it!
Coaching children presents challenges. Our objective as coaches/managers should be for all kids to have fun, make friends, and learn some football skills that will help them should they decide to continue to the next level. We should not expect to win all of our games or expect everyone to listen to long lectures. Our goal is to introduce children to basic football concepts like: running with the ball, passing and kicking while making it enough fun that they want to keep playing as their bodies and minds mature. Remember - go down to the children’s level of thinking. Don’t try to bring them up to ours. Continue to ask yourself – “What was fun when I was young?” The child will say you were the greatest coach/manager in the world if they have fun. The child will have fun when he/she kicks the ball or at least when they make an attempt gets praise instead of criticism.

Here are some good principles we all should follow:

  • Keep practices and matches fun - Play “games” that cause kids to learn skills, not “drills.” If practice is fun, the kids will want to attend. If it is not fun, their parents will sometimes have to force them to attend and a potential star may drop out.

  • Maximize touches on the ball per player in practice - Avoid lines – the kids won’t behave well while waiting for their turn to play the ball.

  • Minimize lecturing – kids have very short attention spans. You have maybe ten seconds to make your point.

  • Play lots of small-sided games - 3v3 is ideal for this age. Why doesn’t 7v7 or 11v11 work at this age? Imagine putting 14 or 22 six-year-olds on the field to share one toy. When Billie finally gets the ball, will he pass it? No, because he knows he won’t get it back! And shy Freddie may play a whole game and get only two touches on the ball.

  • Concentrate on improving individual skills - i.e. running with the ball, first touch, shielding the ball, shooting, getting around an opponent, etc. You will develop more skillful players this way and win more games in the process. Some passing will develop naturally if you play small-sided games, but you will get frustrated if you try to force it. Do not let anyone on your sideline yell, “Pass the ball!” during games.

  • Don’t keep standings or statistics - The kids will be having fun playing something else an hour after the game, win or lose. Only the parents and coaches will still be replaying the goals and mistakes in their minds the next day!

Remember the objective: LET KIDS BE KIDS AND HAVE FUN!

 

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