Parent education is something I've never really made an effort to do. Because I'm lazy, because I don't know that it would have any meaningful effect... and quite honestly, I don't even know where to start.
I'm going to try 2 things for my upcoming spring season.
- I'm putting together a slideshow presentation to present at a player and parent meeting. I'm trying to keep it bare bones, which is tough for me, because minimalism is not a strength of mine. I want to focus on 'evergreen' topics, so it will require only minimal maintenance from year to year, or even from team to team. It will touch on the style of play I want to implement, and outline the roles of the players and the parents
- I'm compiling some online resources to share with the parents following the presentation to, in effect, do the rest of the job for me. This allows me to do less of the work, let smarter people than myself explain some of the most complex topics, and like the slideshow, maintain broadly the same message over time, but with the flexibility to add and remove content.
For point 2, this is what my resources look like so far:
3four3 Blog Posts: covers a variety of themes and topics
3four3 Coaching Primer: introduction to the style of coaching I use
Links to websites featuring replays of recent games
Tactics Column from the Guardian: decent analysis of English Premier League games
Soccer fitness coach explains soccer-specific fitness
Anything you would omit or include in this list?
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