Often times we speak about how youth development is a long process of learning for each individual. The progress of a player can only be measured based on history. Noticing the potential of a player is fairly easy compared to taking consistent notes on where a player was, where they are currently and then projecting the next level to be reached based on this information.
No one has a crystal ball to tell the future, however through interaction and observation of certain habits, there can be predictions made of future outcomes.
These predictions are then left up to the players to prove these forecasts right or wrong.
There is great pride in witnessing the improvement of an individual. Knowing the true story behind a person’s journey to get where they are is where the truest appreciation comes from.
This morning, the participants in the ball mastery sequences overwhelmed me with their efforts at our spring break camp. The smallest improvements that have been made by each child this week should be celebrated. There was a moment that I felt obligated to stop the session and express to all of them how impressed I was.
The consideration given to those who improve can be a significant moment in an individuals learning process.
Although this thoughtfulness can be productive, it must be balanced and only used when necessary. Timing is everything and sometimes we have to pull back to avoid a dependency of positive reinforcement or justification.
Yours in soccer,