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 Coaching High School Soccer: A Guide To Self-control 
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Coaching High School Soccer: A Guide To Self-control
by: Andre Botelho

In coaching high school soccer, it’s a fact that similar to confidence; self-control too is a choice players need to make. In soccer coaching, it’s the relation between emotions and thoughts that concludes the self control strategies. It is a known fact that our emotional state influences our feelings and as a result of it, our performance is strengthened.

I'll share with you a 12 step strategy to help players learn the ability and discipline of self-control. But make sure that your player's only take these steps when they are sure of its value to them.

What’s more, the players should also be prepared to take full responsibility for the actions they take. The 12 step strategy is explained in the following paragraphs.

1. Awareness: Assist the players in finding out their weaknesses in coaching youth soccer. Allow them to investigate when, where and how loss of control happened on field in their past.

2. Understanding: Let the players find out and admit the reason that influenced their thoughts and resulted in them losing their emotional poise.

3. Differences: Give them time to recollect situations when they did lose control and when they did not. And then they should determine the difference in their emotions, attitudes, and behavior.

4. Problem: When coaching high school soccer, attempt to pinpoint the problem. For instance: It may be the guilty feeling in a player that he let the whole team down due to his acts.

5. Belief: The players should be taught to raise their expectations for themselves with self-control as one of the traits. Encourage them to change.

6. Reinforcement: Behavior change is accelerated by reinforcement. Being a coach, you need to appreciate the good changes in the players to ensure that these remain forever.

7. Goals: To improve the skills of the players, you must start with several small goals. Help the players understand the connection between thoughts, feelings, and actions.

8. Techniques: Put together different behavioral action items to uphold the confidence level. For example: If a certain situation happens, this is the course that players must follow.

9. Plan: In football coaching, train the players to systematically and considerably follow their goals.

10. Progress: Help them being patient. Help the players realize the value of ups and downs in the path to improvement.

11. Setbacks: Help the players in accepting the setbacks, as these will continue to happen. Therefore, try to learn something new from every setback.

12. Remembrance: Finally another important point is making the players understand the importance of the reason for they are trying to change. They should always be clear about what are they doing and why. What would the change mean to them for their future?

We all agree that a perfect performance state for a soccer player is that of a relaxed promptness. In other words, the stress-free efficient performance.

This should not be taken lightly. To teach the players in channelizing their energy in way that they are able to produce emotions to help them get rid of tension, include relaxation techniques in coaching high school soccer.

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