This is an excerpt of the second article in a three part series that has been contributed by John Pascarella, Sporting Kansas City Assistant Coach. The first part was published in our Coaching Advanced Players blog.
In the first of this three part series I began with a saying from Coach John Wooden: “You haven’t taught until they’ve learned” and how this caused me to think of my own coaching style and how I sometimes find it difficult to get my points across to players in different ways when they don’t understand the initial way I’ve tried to explain it. In that article I compared US Soccer’s Simple to Complex teaching methodology to the French Federations Whole-Part-Whole method emphasizing that I didn’t feel one was better than the other but stressed that coaches need more than one way to teach progressions so they can teach players with different types of learning styles.
In this article I wanted to expand on that idea byContinue reading
An article caught my attention recently. It isn't specifically related to soccer but to physical education in general. The study that the article is based on looked at public school physical education programs in England. The finding that caught my attention was that PE teachers were spending too much time talking and this was taking away from the kids opportunity to develop aerobic fitness and conditioning.
We have probably all seen this problem in soccer coaching as well. I've often heard coaching instructors say, "No Laps, Lines or Lectures". But we still see too many times when players spend too long listening and not enough times playing. As I was reading the article below I kept thinking, "Telling is not Teaching". Hopefully this article also gives you some food for thought.
Many PE lessons are failing to improve pupils' fitness, while not enough youngsters are playing competitive sport to a high level, inspectors warned on Thursday.
In a new report, Ofsted raised concerns that many schools are failing to push their sportiest pupils, or help those that are overweight.
It warned that in some PE lessons there is not enough physical strenuous activity, with pupils spending too much time listening to teachers.
Overall, PE lessons are not up to scratch in around a third of primary schools and about a quarter of secondaries, the inspectorate said.
The report, based on inspections of PE in schools over the last four years, concludes that in general the subject is "in good health", with significant investment in the last decade.
But it warns that in more than a quarter of schools, PE teaching didContinue reading