A Double Goal Coach doesn't focus on match results and league positions. A Double Goal Coach understands building confidence, focusing on effort, valuing sportmanship, encouraging resilience and motivating young players will ultimately develop better football players, produce better results and leave young people with useful life skills.
Ensure the young players you work with are aware of ROOTS and what it stands for. By explaining the ROOTS messages and ensuring young people understand them, you will able to reinforce the behaviour you want as a coach. Taking time at training or before a match discuss ROOTS and communicate the expected behaviour both on and off the park. This will encourage young players to give their best and respect all involved in the game.
All coaches are able to recognise when a player has performed well. It is important to recognise the effort made regardless of whether they were successful or not. For example if a player dribbles past two defenders and then shoots the ball high and wide. At first the player will be disappointed but by rewarding effort made to go past to defenders and get a shot should be rewarded with praise. By doing so, participants will feel valued and their confidence levels will be maintained, leading to an increased desire to try harder next time.
A coach need not be the only person responsible for buildling confidence. Individuals can be paired for particular exercises or practices and asked to be positive and encouraging with their partner. Split your team into pairs and ask them to work on a skill together. Each of the players in the pair has a role in praising and encouraging their partner to fill their emotional tank. A player getting positive praise from a team-mate can be very powerful and also a fantastic way of getting your team to communicate positively.
A variety of resources to help you, in your role as coach, to implement the Positive Coaching Scotland tools into your coaching.