5 Ideas for Turning Your Season Around
As the halfway point of the Fall competitive season dawns for most, there are no doubts countless players and coaches who find themselves in a major first-half of the season rut.
Injuries have piled on to key players, the team isn't getting the rub of the green, and the results just aren't coming. It's a tough situation to handle no matter what level you play the game at.
Here are 5 coaching ideas for turning your season around.
1. Get Back to Basics
When things aren't going well, it's time to get back to the basics and focus on righting the ship by making sure your spending enough time on building technical ability, understanding the principles of attacking and defending, and making sure you and your teammates are fit and explosive enough to compete for every minute on offer during a competitive match for your team.
Underscoring the importance of strong fundamentals, and getting back to basics, is the first step to turning your season around.
2. Avoid Negativity
When the results don't come for long periods of a season, a dark cloud of negativity tends to hover around coaches, players, parents, everyone involved, and it is normal to encounter some folks who question the team and its methods.
As a coach, or a player, you've got to be accountable and ready to respond to criticism, but it's also important to keep any negativity at a distance, and spread the gospel of hard work in training, because at the end of the day, whatever work is put in during practice is undeniably linked to the results during a match.
3. Put in The Work
It's easy for coaches or players to switch off once a season has reached it's halfway point and the results just aren't coming, many teams see lower attendance in practice, less communication about conflicts or absenteeism from parents, and the general interest level of the players can wane when the results aren't coming.
There's one easy solution to fixing the problem, however, and it's not a secret, your team just has to make the conscious decision to put in the work in training, sweat, toil, and work for a common goal, if you can find that shared agreement among players and coaches, your team is destined to pull out the tailspin eventually.
4. Stick to Your Principles
It's all too easy to lose faith in your coaching or playing principles when things aren't going well for your team, it's human instinct to get defensive, and self-reflection can have your stomach tied in knots trying to determine if the struggles of the team are down to something that could have been done differently.
Don't let this kind of self-doubt and pessimism infect you. If you're a competitive coach or player, you've done things in your soccer career that have gotten you to where you are today.
Stay true to your ideals and beliefs, if they've worked in the past, figure out how to tweak them as a player or coach with a new team, but don't compromise just because it hasn't been your season.
5. Don't Lose the Joy
Soccer, or football, is not referred to as the beautiful game for nothing, it is the most joyous sport you'll ever have the privilege to play, and it is critical that you never forget all the positives the sport brings to your life.
It's hard to lose, especially during a season when you lose a ton of games back-to-back-to-back, but don't let this ruin your soccer experience.
There is nothing so special as the freedom playing or coaching soccer can bring into your life, so let the results go, get back to working hard, staying positive, and trusting your instincts.