Design of Technical Coaching
Why are my students more technical? What is it that I see and coach differently within my own academy? Are my standards that different? Is my coaching that distinct?
Our best coaches are My Former Students.
During the past two years, I've had the chance to develop several coaches from within the ranks of our players and we've also hired former professional players.
We noticed that when our students learned how to coach and then they'd help out in sessions to assist players, they got better, the player got better, and we got better coaches who everyone wanted to become.
Our students knew our techniques, could demonstrate and held other players accountable to the process of learning the LeftFoot Way. They knew technique was tantamount to their success.
The Master Coach Model works to reduce complexity on the parent side, and increase the complexity on the coaching side. We've integrated our past technical progressions to help groom former students to assist in technical sessions that allow them to play, coach, and teach younger students while also working on their own technique.
Our Senior Academy is designed to allow Junior and Seniors in high school to begin their coaching practicums and gain experience in a small group setting. They get to demonstrate techniques, shadow players, perform against the best kids and still refine their own techniques. In a white shirt to demonstrate the "white belt" concept of learning to become a coach, they train under an assistant coach.
Through the years our internship programs found success by designing projects that our Assistant Coaches would write, design, edit and produce themselves. They became the "authors" of several internal books and projects that document our techniques. These assistant coaches "know" the material and have shadowed or learned from our founder since they were students.
Master Coach in Every Session
As we challenged our design we wanted to create a model that allowed the Master Coach to be supported in all of the technical progressions by players who could demonstrate, assist and bring a unique passion to the moment.
We knew we didn't want to isolate younger coaches to learn on their own, but to create a dynamic and fun environment that benefits everyone.