Spectator Behavior

 Hello North Andover Soccer Community,

 The Director of Coaching and NASA Development wanted to ask for your help as you attend your child’s soccer practices and games this Spring season.

 We understand that every parent wants their child to enjoy the experience of playing any sport. In addition, we also want them to develop, grow and improve as an individual player, as well as a member of a team. Allow them the opportunity to develop important leadership skills, solve problems, and improvise when needed, etc.

 With this in mind we have been working with our NASA coaches, in all age groups for both boys and girls teams, instructing them on NASA’s philosophy of coaching. Our philosophy is based on guided discovery. With guided discovery coaches are posing problems to their players and allowing them the opportunity to resolve those problems on their own, and as a member of their team. Because of this we are asking each of you to please refrain from coaching from the sidelines. We understand it is only with best intentions that you may shout out helpful hints such as “Shoot”, or “he/she is wide open, pass the ball” during a practice or game. But this only confuses the players. And it often contradicts what the coach has been teaching the players. We want them to learn when the right time to shoot is, or when/where to pass the ball, or whatever the technique/tactic the coaches are working on with the players at that time based on what they are seeing while playing. With guided discovery, the best teacher is the game itself.

 Another thing we would like you to keep in mind is that the players themselves are also communicating out on the field. This is a huge part of their development as well. By shouting directions to them, or their teammates from the sideline, we are interfering with that on-field player communication.

Will they make mistakes? Of course. Will it look very messy and chaotic at times? Absolutely. But both are very important steps for each player to learn what to do, or not to do, the next time the situation arises.

 Thinking of it another way, would you go to your child’s school, into their math classroom and when the teacher asks the class “What is 2+2” shout out “It’s 4, the answer if 4”?

 One final comment: we are not asking that you remain silent on the sidelines, not at all. We want you to support your child after you see an attempt of any soccer move, whether successful or not. Let them know you saw it, and were amazed by it. Do the same for any of their teammates as well. Build that positive sideline – the kids love when they hear from their fans.

 If you have any questions about what is being coached, feel free to ask your Coach. You can also reach out to either Director of Soccer (rolandudney@gmail.com ) or NASA Development (development@nasoccer.com).

 NASA, the Director of Coaching and all our coaches appreciate your support during the season. We look forward to seeing you all out on the soccer pitch in the upcoming weeks.


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