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Demonstrations play a big role in coaching youth soccer players. It is important that coaches are able to execute demonstrations effectively so that their players understand every factor involved. This video tip by Nike Soccer Camps provides a few steps a coach must take in order to demonstrate effectively.
Executing Demonstrations Effectively
Gain control of the group’s attention
Set the scene so that your campers know what they should be looking at
Use verbal instruction to get the campers’ attention (“Freeze,” etc.)
Get the Quality Right
Highlight the important parts and don’t overload the campers with information
Show enthusiasm… it rubs off on your campers
Never rush through your demonstrations
Know Your Stuff
Be clear on what you want to demonstrate
Keep it short, but don’t cut out important details
Practice the demonstration beforehand so you can execute it correctly
Get your campers involved by asking questions/having them demonstrate
Allow your campers time to ask any questions regarding the demonstration
Giving campers responsibility gives them confidence
Gather your campers and check if they understood the message
Immediately give your campers the opportunity to try out the skill
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