When Players Know You Care, They Work Harder And Are Easier To Work With
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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 gives his two steps for a coach to get the most out of his or her players. First, letting the players learn and grow through experience and participation versus complex plays and drills has proven much more successful for him. Secondly and most importantly, making sure that the players know that the coaches care for them as a person. A player who understands that they are more than just an X or O to a coach will work harder, be easier to work with, and have a much brighter future in the game.