Positive Coaching Alliance: How to help kids improve during their free time

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15 Feb Positive Coaching Alliance: How to help kids improve during their free time

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.

Charlie Slagle, President-Elect of the NSCAA and CEO of Tampa Bay United, encourages coaches to give their players specific assignments to help improve their abilities and stay active away from structured practices and games.

“To be able to encourage free play, you need to give some homework,” Slagle said. “Give them an assignment. If the coach is a positive coach and the kids are having fun, they’re going to want to go out there (and practice by themselves).”

Slagle also suggests actively getting the support of parents when assigning homework. “Make sure, as a coach, that you tell the parents: this is what I suggested,” he said.

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