Kids always get excited to learn something, especially if it’s their parents who will be hands-on teaching them the skills and knowledge. It’s also an opportunity to form deeper connections and bond with them.
Something they can always go back to fondly and tell their kids.
Today, it has become more important to teach kids to play sports. Being too engrossed in digital devices, many kids have become sedentary, developed illnesses, and even become overweight.
Football is one sport that’s great for kids to learn. It’s the world’s most popular sport, with over 3.5 billion fans worldwide. Kids can develop their motor skills, coordination, and mental and physical acuity. They will also learn teamwork, sportsmanship, perseverance, hard work, and communication.
This post will share several tips to make teaching your kids football triumphant. Following these tips and teaching them outdoors or in an indoor soccer training facility will set them up for success. Who knows, maybe soon, you’ll have a future Pelé in the making. Read on.
- Start With The Basics
It’s always important to begin teaching the fundamentals of the game before jumping on the techniques. You might be too excited to show your child how certain tricks work, but your lesson might only be effective if they know the basics.
Introduce the game’s fundamental rules, such as passing, shooting, and dribbling. Teach your child the different positions in the field, such as the goalkeeper, defender, forward, and midfielder, and their respective responsibilities.
Teach them the different violations and the objective of the game. Once they know the basics, they’ll be more prepared and play the game by the rules.
Lastly, it’s practical to teach following the principle of tell-show-do-feedback. Tell your child the task by explaining it verbally. Next, show them how it’s done by demonstrating it. Afterward, let your child do it by themselves.
Finally, give them specific feedback on how they did. If they did well, reinforce the behavior. But if there’s a need for any improvement, make sure that you tell them what to do. It ensures that you’re teaching effectively.
- Keep It Fun
Not all kids may love the game right away. Keep the game fun and tone down the seriousness to keep them engaged and motivated. You can also incorporate challenges in your training session to keep them focused.
Kids these days have a very short attention span. You must make the game enjoyable to maintain their commitment to your training session. To lessen their boredom, try to keep the training session varied. Change the drills regularly and use colorful equipment. You may also play their favorite upbeat music while training.
Some coaches change training locations to give kids a fresh perspective, while some invite guest players and coaches to keep the game interesting. Ultimately, it’s best to know how to tickle their fancy.
- Use Age-Appropriate Equipment
Using age-appropriate equipment ensures that your kids play safely and that you prevent injuries from occurring. Smaller kids will need help grasping the ball and will be at a disadvantage when using larger equipment. It might also discourage them from playing.
- Encourage Communication
Communication is crucial in football, and if your child knows how to communicate well, they can develop teamwork and camaraderie among their teammates. Teach them how to properly call for the ball, give instructions, and provide feedback to their teammates.
As the one teaching your kids, it’s important to role model this behavior well. Kids are like sponges; they have a natural ability to absorb information and learn quickly.
- Focus On Technique
Since your child is familiar with the fundamentals, you can teach them accuracy and other techniques, such as how to properly shoot the ball, defend it, and pass it.
Break down the skill into easily manageable steps. This way, they can understand the mechanics of the skill, practice it on their own and build on it to become a more effective player. To better track their progress, you may utilize a video analysis so you can identify areas that need more work.
- Teach Sportsmanship
Sportsmanship encompasses a wide range of attitudes and behaviors but mainly highlights respect, fairness, and teamwork. These values are essential in any sport, especially football. Instilling these values in your child will ensure they become gracious in victory and defeat. It also teaches them how to treat their opponents with respect, especially the decisions of the referee and the coach. These values will be necessary for sports and guide your child outside the field.
- Emphasize Fitness
Football is a very physically demanding sport. Teaching your child to build stamina, strength, and endurance is essential. Please encourage them to eat a healthy and well-balanced diet and participate in strength-training exercises.
- Reinforce Positive Behaviors
When your child displays reasonable effort and sportsmanship during the game, give them a pat on the back to boost their confidence, motivation, and enthusiasm. Next thing you know, they’ll be dragging you to practice and not the other way around.
Football is not just a sport. It’s an opportunity to learn valuable life lessons. Following the tips this post listed, you can instill a love for the sport in your child while creating many happy memories you’ll both cherish.