Pressure And Mistakes Are Part Of What Make Sports Exciting And Important
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Christian Lavers (@CLavers1) is the FC Wisconsin Director of Coaching and oversees all club staff and programs. He has helped develop elite players at every level, with players that have gone on to play for US youth national teams, professional teams, and hundreds that have moved on to play collegiate soccer. Lavers is also the President of the ECNL.
Lavers wants his players not to be afraid of making mistakes or worry about the pressure of the game. Pressure is a necessary part of the game because, without it, there would be no challenge or enjoyment. With pressure comes mistakes. He says that a coach should not punish mistakes, but help his players understand what went wrong and why it happened, then help the players fix the mistake for the future. If you combine this positive coaching along with players willing to learn, then you will not see players making the same mistakes several times. A player’s first reaction after a mistake cannot be dwelling on the past, they need to immediately think "What's next?" A good coach knows that mistakes help a team grow and get better, so they should be teachable moments and not moments that make players hang their heads.