Anyone who has ever coached realizes how quickly time flies during your practices. That is why being as efficient as possible will keep your players interested, but also maximize the time you have with them.
Long periods of inactivity while coaches draw up the next drill, or in making corrections can kill the flow of an otherwise productive practice session.
Here are 3 tips to keeping your practices running like clockwork.
1. Pre-practice Preparation
Prior to any practice time, spend a few minutes going over the focus of practice. Each practice time should have a specific focus, whether it be improving conditioning, team-oriented skills development like positioning, or skills specific targets, like shooting.
Explain to your players the focus of your practice, and then delve into the drills you will be running.
Creating a practice plan and attaching to your Sportgo event will allow the entire team to review the practice plan before arriving to practice.
2. Drill Introduction
Whether it’s using Sportgo’s animated drill library or an old-fashioned dry-erase board, it’s important you go over the drills you will be running through practice.
Show your team how each drill is run, what the important skills to focus on are and also why you are running each drill. This will help your players understand their job.
3. Name Your Drills
Naming your drills not only gives you an opportunity to make practice a little more colourful and fun, but it will also keep things running more quickly.
So rather than blowing the whistle and calling out ‘Drill 3 – The one with 4 lines alternating passing’, name it after one of your players, a TV show, Video Game character or even better let the players name their drills.
Not all players can visualize how a drill is intended to work by watching a video or a drawing on the board, that is why a demonstration is important. Run through each drill once with your coaching staff or include players who have a solid understanding of how the drill works.
5. Correct Mistakes
A drill done improperly does not help the team or the players. When you see a player doing a drill incorrectly, correct this immediately before bad habits creep in. It’s likely there is more than one player who doesn’t understand and correcting things immediately can nip that in the bud.