Planning a coaching session – an introduction

It’s very important to decide what skill or technique you want your children to work on before you step onto the practice field.

You also need to decide how you’re going to organise the practice and what warm ups and games and drills you’re going to use.

You should also have an idea of how long each activity should last and how you’re going to make the transition from one activity to the next.

Knowing what you’re going to do and how you’re going to do it is essential if you’re going to make the best use of your practice time. It also helps you avoid discipline problems – nothing encourages children to misbehave as much as a coach who is clearly fumbling his or her way through the session!

You don’t need to write hundreds of words. In fact, a few simple ‘memory joggers’ on a postcard or in a small notebook is ideal.