One of the reasons I sought the position of Director Of Coaching was to emphasize the importance of creating a learning organization. The Aggies FC club is primed right now for growth and development. The profile of the club has exploded with the turf field and other ongoing projects. One of my goals is to elevate the level of training, player development, support and learning that takes place within the teams.
One of the best ways to do this is to focus everything on learning. Make learning the focus of everything that happens. Learning creates value. The value of playing the game, or doing most anything, is found in the things we learn. We learn about our limits, responses, strengths and weaknesses. Learning creates value in everything, even a losing season or season ending injury.
Parents, as you attend games and watch training sessions, think of what you can learn. You know more than you think you do. Listen to how coaches talk and describe things. The words they use. Then use those words and descriptions to support your player in their own training.
Players, bring a notebook to every practice and take a few minutes at the end to write down what you learned that day. The route for a set piece, the corner kick setup, the move or skill that coach taught today. You are responsible for knowing those things, so writing them down will help. Then come next time with that in your head.
I’d love to hear your ideas! Mitch