The Riot Pig is my outlet. This blog is where I come to voice my often criticized opinion. I see this as my platform to share information that I deem relevant to this global quest for progression in youth soccer development.
Soccer is an international language that billions of people speak. Out of those billions of people- only a small fraction speak it fluently. But out of those billions of people- there are many that are willing to practice and learn more. I feel like that might be why you’re here.
I must warn you… I’m no expert.
By no means am I claiming to be one of those few fluent speakers of the sport. I am and always will be a student of this game. The day that I claim to know it all will be the day that I win the Lotto and buy an entourage to follow me around and agree with every word that I say. But slavery is illegal and my chances of winning the Lotto are slim to none. I think it’s safe to say that I am always going to have to more to learn.
That is the mentality that we as coaches must have.
The day that we stop trying to learn is the day that we start doing an injustice to ourselves and our players.
Here are some questions that I ask myself frequently. These questions have helped mold me into the type of coach that I am. They have motivated me to do better and to do more. I hope that they can do the same for you.
- Are you committed to bettering yourself as a coach? Truly committed? If not, can you expect your players to be committed to learning from you?
- What do you do to further your education? And how often? Is it daily? Weekly? Monthly? Annually? Is it enough? Are you really doing enough to assist your players in reaching their maximum potential?
Last set of questions for now…
- Is your goal to help your players reach their maximum potential? If not, what is your goal? What is your reason for coaching? Money? Fun? Exercise? You’re wife accidentally signed up to coach your daughters rec team?
“Anyone want bacon?” -The Pig