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Reasons To Resist The Temptations To Overcoach

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Erin Chastain (@ChastainErin) has served as DePaul University Women's Soccer Head Coach since 2007. Earlier, she spent five seasons at national soccer power Santa Clara University as an assistant coach. During her tenure with the Broncos, the program reached the championship game of the 2002 NCAA Championship, the semifinals in 2004 and the quarterfinals in 2005. She also helped the program to West Coast Conference titles in four of her five seasons. Erin also spent time during her first three seasons at Santa Clara working with several youth teams in the Bay Area, including the DeAnza Strykers and the North Valley Tornadoes.

In this video, Erin emphasizes the importance of resisting the urge to over-coach. She prefers that coaches give experienced players the information they need in order to improve during film sessions or in training.

For the younger athletes, she says, a lot of shouting of instructions during a game just isn't heard. Ultimately better player development (and people development!) results from youth players learning to succeed -- or to fail and correct -- on their own, with coaches' corrections limited to half-time or other breaks in the action.