Who is a coach? What is his main role? Although one cannot summarize his varied responsibilities in just a few lines, one can still accept that the cornerstone of football coaching in Sharjah, and therefore the starting point of his training, is his ability to teach. The ultimate culmination of coaching is that players do exactly what the coach wants. Therefore, the good coach must have a very clear idea of the outcome of his teaching. Stephen Covey, author of several books on motivation, summed it up very well: “Start with the goal in mind”
Having a clear vision of his project allows him to anticipate the educational needs and plan his work. And it is here that many young coaches go wrong. Although we have never had access to so much information about football clubs in Dubai (books, DVDs, websites, clinics, etc.) it is very easy to do off-topic. Being thrilled with a “drill” that we saw on “Youtube” and immediately wanting to reproduce it during training is not necessarily positive – especially if the exercise has nothing to do with the approach already started. Because each “drill” must be part of a pedagogical progression (Teaching Progression) and it is only in the context of this progression that a drill has a meaning.
Drill: A teaching process designed to develop the technical skill and understanding of an athlete in order to improve his performance.
Indeed, planning training by selecting “drills” is like putting the cart in front of the bulls – we must first think about the purpose of the session and then how to do it. Each exercise is therefore chosen according to a logical sequence, evolving from simple to complex and in the spirit of bringing the athlete towards a well-defined performance objective. Take the veneer for example. Although every football player should have a minimal mastery of the correct technique of this essential skill, it is rarely the case in Europe, lack of education. Making random drills is not enough, as we have already said. So how to proceed? The best would be to consult an experienced coach and copy his method! If not, here is a suggestion:
1) Create a list of all constituent elements
– Security (position of the head); contact with the shoulder / chest
– Perfect position (small steps, power angles, head up, etc.)
– Supports (right foot / right shoulder, left foot / left shoulder)
– Approach (angle, where is my help?)
– Finishing (arms, feet)
– Cross the target (work of the big muscles)
– The eyes (what to look at, keep them open)
– Kinds of veneer: front, on angle, 2 vs 1, sideline, long approach
2) Group these elements to organize your work
– Perfect position in contact
– Cross and Finish
– Short approach (1 step): front and on angle
– Approach average (4 yards): front and on angle
– Long approach (10 yards and more): on angle
3) Develop workshops to teach these elements (at the beginning of the year)
4) Elaborate drills to repeat these techniques (during the year)
The good teacher is above all a good student; he constantly questions his methods and is always looking for new knowledge. He is meticulous and well ordered. He only teaches what he understands. And it only uses drills that are part of a pre-established progression!