First Touch coaches are focused on getting their athletes to believe in themselves, part of their training is to build the athlete up rather than knocking them down. Coaches works on always building kids self-esteem rather than undermine it.
First Touch coaches do not use embarrassment and humiliation as a teaching tool, they understand that humiliating or embarrassing a young athlete for a mistake, short-coming or failure is an aggressive assault on the athlete and it does not enhance performance or build mental toughness.
Our coaches are great life teachers and understands that what they teach athletes goes far beyond the X’s and O’s. The coaches does not just teach the skills, strategy and technique within the narrow confines of the sport, they look for opportunities where more important life lessons can be taught such as mastering hardship, rebounding from failures and setbacks, emotionally dealing with winning and losing, trusting their teammates, good sportsmanship, honesty, integrity and fair play.
First Touch coaches keep the game in perspective, they do not get distracted by how big any game is in relation to their job as a coach. They understand that what they teach will have an impact on the athlete that will go far beyond the sport.
Coaches do not let their egos and self-worth get tied up in the outcome, they do not feel diminished as an individual when their teams fail. Our coaches understands the individual differences in their athletes and that each athlete has a different attitude, response ability, personality and sensitivity. The coaches take the time to get to know each athlete’s individual styles and differences. By considering what they say and how they treat each athlete, they achieve maximum coaching effectiveness.
Our coaches coach the child not just the athlete and takes the time to get to know each athlete as a person. They are interested in the athlete’s life off the field, track and court and do not see personal, social or academic problems as a distraction to do the job of coaching. Coaches view outside problems as an opportunity to build a relationship with the athletes as this kind of caring is never lost on the athlete. By practicing this, our coaches have found that their athletes are more motivated and work harder.
First Touch coaches are flexible as they approach their teaching by continuously looking for a better way to reach their athletes. If an athlete struggles to learn something, they do not blame the athlete for their incompetence, instead they approach it as a teaching opportunity and change how they are presenting the material to the athlete. Should the one approach not work, they will try another until they figure out the best way to reach the particular athlete.
Our coaches understand that communication is a two-way street and involves a back and forth between themselves and the athlete. Our coaches practice effective communication and listen to what the athletes are saying. Coaches know that what they say and how they act are part of their coaching strategy and the most powerful teaching tool is modelling. They operate on the principle that their actions, and how they conduct themselves will model the attitude and behaviour that they want their players to adopt.