How to improve player behaviour in training
Poor behaviour disrupting your football training? Here are seven ways for coaches to handle behavioural issues for calm and productive sessions.
1. Get started quickly
Get the players on task as soon as possible. This helps you see who wants to focus and who might need extra support as the session goes on.
2. Don't give attention to poor player behaviour
Are you focusing on those doing the wrong thing? Then you're sending the message that negative behaviour is the right way to gain your time.
Instead, give your attention where it’s deserved. Seek out players who are performing well, trying hard and investing in their own learning. Make a strong example of them.
3. Let players make some of the decisions
Sometimes, player behaviour issues are a reaction to a lack of control. Where you can, give ownership of tasks to your players. They’ll feel more involved and in charge of their own development.
4. Don't stop the whole group to highlight a mistake
Avoid drawing attention to individual player mistakes. If you need to give guidance, it should be one-to-one while the other players are busy with the task.
5. Encourage group work and discussion
Get players to work together in small groups. Ask them to figure out together how to succeed in a task or practice. And give them ownership for solving the task.
6. Let the players know your session is a 'safe place'
Create an environment where players feel comfortable making mistakes. Give them the freedom to try again and correct themselves, rather than relying on you every time.
7. Spend more time on task
No need for lengthy instruction or debriefs. Get the players in, get them on task and get them playing.