Positive Coaching Alliance: Importance of autonomy for high school athletes

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07 Dec Positive Coaching Alliance: Importance of autonomy for high school athletes

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in the Development Zone of Positive Coaching Alliance. US Club Soccer is proud to welcome Positive Coaching Alliance to its members, specifically related to Players First. Positive Coaching Alliance is helping to advance the Players First pillars of Coaching Education, Parent Engagement & Education and Player Health & Safety.

Stewart Brown, current girls soccer coach for perennial Dallas-area powerhouse Highland Park High School and the DOC of Highland Park Soccer Academy, outlines the ways in which he gives players autonomy within the team structure. Brown said he often gives the team’s seniors control over practice, so they can conduct team-bonding activities. He also accepts a great deal of input from players on the balance between duration and intensity of practice and training sessions.

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