FAQ's, Tips & Tricks
It's not easy coaching juniors. We share with you a number of tips and tricks to ease the stress, making things easier for you. You will also see a number of FAQ's when it comes to coaching grassroots/junior Football teams. If you have a question that you cannot find on this page, send it through to us so we can add it. It's all about making things easier for you.
Tips and Tricks
If you are not provided with enough balls for each player on your team to have a ball each at training, encourage the player and their family to bring a ball to every training session. If you are provided balls from the club and each child brings their own you will have plenty on training nights.
If you do not have enough cones to run a certain drill, use things like water bottles, shoes, bibs or anything that can replicate cones. At HMC we also sell cones and other equipment. Check out our equipment in the tap on the menu bar at the top of the page.
If you do not have pop up goals, or any goals at all, use cones, water bottles, shoes, extra bibs or anything that can replicate cones or goals. At HMC we also sell cones and other equipment. Check out our equipment in the tap on the menu bar at the top of the page.
If your kids are being difficult, not listening, zoning out just give them a drinks break. Let them get some water and reset. Don't get too frustrated, no one is expecting you to win the premier league with your kids, take it easy and send them for a drink to rest. They are kids.
If you need assistance don't be afraid to ask another parent for a bit of help. You want to avoid 'lines' when you can. That is, players lining up for their turn in a drill. Lines cause chaos with youngsters. Just set up the same drill twice if you have to and have one of the players parents oversee.
If you realise your kids enjoy certain drills over others, don't be afraid to use those more often. Remember, the goal is to get as many of these as possible to return and play Football again next season. Make sure the kids are having fun. If they like a drill, dont be afraid to use it in multiple sessions.
Lets say you have a drill that only two kids are involved in at once, for example, a 1v1 drill. Set up multiple drills and have another parent oversee. You should only have one player standing and waiting. Any more than that is a line, and we don't want lines.