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Why You Shouldn’t Shout at Players to Pass

There are more than 40 different decision pathways to follow when deciding to pass.  The player’s situation changes constantly so they have to keep reassessing.  The players need to figure it out.

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Want Players to Learn More and Develop Faster? Stop Telling Them What to Do.

That’s One Loud Coach!

The more you talk and instruct, the less your players get out of it.

“Mountains of educational and behavioral research testify that telling is the lowest form of instruction. It shifts learning into first gear, breeds dependency and fails to transfer ownership to the individual. ” From the Yell-Tell model of coaching.

“Yelling does not empower athletes,” and “Mistakes are a wonderful way to learn” from Dear Vocal Coach.

U.S. Youth Soccer, also state this explicitly in their coaching manual with quotes like “If a coach is constantly talking or yelling at players during the game, it prevents your players from thinking for themselves.” -Steve Sampson, Former Men’s National Team Coach, June 1998.

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