Coaches, prepare your coaching equipment and soccer practices before going to practice or games. I carry a soccer bag and my coaching chair in my car for games. If you have a facility or storage unit at the fields you can keep equipment in the storage facility.
I know some coaches who keep practice equipment and a separate bag for game days. The game day bag contains coaching boards with magnets, disk cones, scrimmage vests, for warm up and the subs - so the ref can see who is a sub and who is playing. I also have a chair for the game.
The practice bag has scrimmage vests, disc cones, ladders, pump, flags, etc.
Coaching equipment can be acquired online relatively inexpensively. I have done a lot of searching online and offline for coaching equipment and there are many advantages to shopping online.
conjunction with Amazon I have chosen some items that have helped me in
my coaching. Check out my recommendation on coaching boards, cones,
scrimmage vests, bags, ball pumps, ladders, goals, flags and kids
training aids below.
Looking for a way to show or communicate with your players more effectively?
Kids learn in different ways; some kids are visual, some are better listeners and some learn better by participating in the activity or a combination of all the three.
There are a number of ways to get your message across using soccer equipment...
If I feel I am not getting my message across with the cone or in training it is time for chalk talk...there are a number of boards that coaches can get some have magnets and some are just dry erase - up to you!
A combination of a dry erase and magnets works really well.
Coaching point: I use the x mark for my players on the board so they know each time we do chalk talk that will our team.
Now you have plethora of information and it is time to get into the trenches. If you have never coached or played before taking info from a theory to the field can be the tricky part.
Coaching tip: I would suggest you find a young select player, college player or a coach who can help demonstrate the skills to the kids. Painting a picture for the kids is one of the best ways to teach, so the kids can see and learn proper technique.Enjoy your coaching!!