Grass Roots coaching is important to the very foundation of sport, we all know that, and yet it keeps posing a dilemma, for what do we do with it? How do we improve it and what information does it need?
Jurgen Klopp On Grass Roots Football – Part 1
Jurgen Klopp On Grass Roots Football – Part 2
Jurgen Klopp On Grass Roots Football – Part 3
For grass roots coaching is where it’s at, it is generally where most will get their start in coaching, and yet, we’re still grappling with the type of information this level wants, and more importantly, needs to know.
So the following is a couple of ideas to help start the ball rolling, see what you think, it may spark ideas in others, for grass roots coaching is such an important aspect, yet it is the most neglected aspect of all. Imagine if as much money was put into grass roots coaching, as has been put into the high end of the sport, what a difference that would make, for at the moment we are ignoring the foundational base of coaching.
The first thing to take into account is time and work hours, for people don’t want to spend all day sitting in a classroom, they just want the information and be gone, so in reality, a couple of hours is all that we’ve got to get the most important, or core information across.
The second is, there’s no point in giving people only details, they need to know the bigger picture to begin with, then they can feed details that they need to know into the bigger picture, for if one gives people too much detail and information at the start, that effectively switches them off.
And there are two aspects which are important to get across at the grass roots levels, they being:
The creation and maintaining of a Learning Environment
The building of the core skills and techniques into the players
For from that base, everything can be built and expanded from.
So if one is setting up a 2 hour introduction course or seminar to grass roots coaching, if 1 hr was devoted to each topic, there’s your 2 hour session, for ultimately what one is realistically doing is planting ideas and concepts into peoples heads for them to water, sprout and expand themselves, and we’re just really showing them what to plant.
For if ones coaching at the grass roots level becomes about the creation and maintaining of a learning environment and the building of the core skills and techniques into the players, it concentrates the focus onto the fundamentals of the sport, and plants the curiosity seed in the players for them to keep improving.
Imagine if the grass roots coaching became a focus of the fundamentals and the aspect of continually wanting to learn and improve, what effect and impact would that have on the high end of sport