Coach's Corner: Help Your Team; PCA Tip
Every month US Lacrosse sends out monthly newsletters to parents, program administrators, officials and coaches. And every month I add a Positive Coaching Alliance and Coaching Tip for all the coaches out there.
Here is where I'll keep the extended version of those tips as well as other topics that come about related to coaching.
I hope this is helpful and please pass along this resource to all of your coaching colleagues.
Positive Coaching Alliance — Overcoming
Coaches should encourage players to strive for greatness. Let them know mistakes are OK, especially if they learn from their mistakes and continue to put forth their full effort. Mistakes often result from pushing the envelope, taking chances, stretching limits, growing and learning.
Coaches who overreact to mistakes cause their players stress resulting in more mistakes. Or, players become so intent on avoiding mistakes that they play too tentatively to make the great play.
Coaching Tip — Are You Watching or
The first five minutes of the game or half can really shape the outcome of the rest of the game. The coach should make an effort to use this time to create a scouting report to use with the team to counter whatever it is that the opposition is trying to do. Developing an in-game scouting report is as crucial to success, as preparing your team in practice.
What should you try and determine?
Once you have figured out the items from above, develop and implement a new strategy. Sports are like a chess match — as you are doing your in-game scouting, assume that the opposing coach is doing the same and try to think two or three moves ahead to set your team up for success!
TJ Buchanan is the assistant men's lacrosse coach at Hood College and US Lacrosse Coaching Education Content Manager.