2018 Director of Coaching

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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