Coaching 101: Sometimes Saying Nothing Is All It Takes

One of the biggest things I’ve learned from eight years of coaching soccer around the world is that the key to development is allowing players to organically learn the game. I think we’ve gotten into a situation over the years where too much over-coaching is going on. Our role as a coach is to guide. We can’t teach kids everything, but we can guide and create a fun learning environment for players. This will teach them to not only love the game now, but also to continue to love it in twenty years. The game alone is the greatest teacher.

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The hardest thing as a coach, and I know this from personal experience, is to not let your ego get in the way of development. Constantly barking at players to do certain things on the field doesn’t get the long term results you are after. Players don’t learn from being told what to do at every step while they are on the field. That would be the same as just controlling players in a video game. They learn from making mistakes. The team who usually makes the least tends to win. 

It’s ok to make mistakes.

As our friends at Online Soccer Academy say, when a player makes a mistake, “React positive!” They’ve just learned something!

If a player makes a mistake that leads to a goal you have to see that as a learning experience. They will learn and correct accordingly, understanding that a consequence resulted in that mistake. It’s how we learn many of our skills, not only in sports, but in life. Coaches can guide afterwards and re-correct, but that situation alone should never be over-coached in the moment.

Parents should recognize the silence of a coach isn’t always a bad thing. He/she is allowing the players to learn the game in an environment that is conducive to self-exploration and learning in a natural way by playing the game. Organized sports were never a big factor for learning the game in the 70s, 80s and 90s. Learning came from playing every minute of the day and watching the game on TV. Learning the game in an organic way is fantastic not only for the here and now but for the long term. It builds players who are creative and expressive while out on the field. 

If you make it fun now, they will love the game forever.

Demosphere Makes New Connections at the WYSA AGM

The WYSA AGM 

The Demosphere Team had a productive trip attending the Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association (WYSA) AGM last week. The weekend was full of opportunities to connect with current partners and form relationships with new ones. In addition to the Association’s full meeting agenda, the Demosphere team conducted training sessions for WYSA Member Clubs. Topics included Demosphere solutions for setting up programs and seasons, collecting online registration data, managing payments, building custom forms and syncing their data to the State Association.

Demosphere Training Sessions

Additionally, a separate league session was held to dive into Demosphere’s robust scheduling tools for managing fields and permits, game and blackout dates, setting up division structures, generating game schedules and managing scores/stats and standings. Madison Area Youth Soccer Association (MAYSA), a new partner utilizing Demosphere’s league solutions, was in attendance. MAYSA shared their excitement and feedback over their use of the Demosphere platform to build their Spring schedules. They also shared positive remarks with the group about the service they’ve received from our team thus far. 

Demosphere’s Dannelle Lewandowski ran into her former USSF License B Instructor, Jim Launder. Jim is the WYSA Director of Coaching – small world!

Hall of Fame BanquetWYSA

Especially relevant to the weekend’s activities was the Annual Hall of Fame banquet. Several members of the WYSA family were recognized for their contributions to soccer in the state of Wisconsin. Our team was honored to have been part of the recognition to honor the recipients and we look forward to many more years of success from WYSA.

Are you hosting an event in your area that you think Demosphere would enjoy? Please send us a note at sales@demosphere.com – we’d love to join you!

Demosphere Attends United Soccer Coaches Convention in Philly!

The Demosphere Team had another phenomenal experience attending the annual United Soccer Coaches Convention. This year’s event was held at the Philadelphia Convention Center. The convention has been billed “the World’s Largest Annual Gathering of Soccer Coaches and Administrators”. This year over ten thousand participants attended, representing everything from grassroots organizations to Professional leaders in the soccer community.

Education:

The event offers a plethora of educational opportunities for coaches like classroom sessions and live field demonstrations. Additionally, there are plenty of networking opportunities, awards ceremonies, and small group focus sessions.  Furthermore, the annual draft for both the NWSL and MLS take place during the week of the convention.

U.S. Soccer Presidential Candidates

Most noteworthy this year was the impending U.S. Soccer Presidential election next month. Seven of the eight candidates held presentation sessions to share their ideas with attendees for taking soccer to the next level. Votes will be cast on Feb.10, 2017. (Read more about the candidates and the election process).

Exhibit Hall

Throughout the week, attendees staggered through the massive exhibit hall, packed with more than 300 exhibitors. Organizations promoted products and services ranging from sporting goods and merchandise, player development programs and sports tours, consulting services, health and safety and a wide range of sports technology solutions. The Demosphere team worked hard to get setup in time for the grand opening on Thursday evening.

The Demosphere Booth

Twelve members of the Demosphere team attended the convention this year. Our team enjoyed making connections with old friends and new, elevating existing member solutions and sharing the Demosphere story with potential new partners. We value our time spent with groups like NYSWYSA, WYSA, Seacoast United, WYSL, NVSC, Gunston Soccer, SUSA Academy, Central League Soccer, Crew SC, Maryland United, PBG Predators, Congaree Rapid FC, Palatine Celtic, Vienna Youth Soccer, Alexandria Soccer, Tennessee Soccer Club, Maryland SoccerPlex, Empire United, and so many more. Demosphere has some amazing partners!

Our team is already gearing up for next year in Chicago and we hope to see many more partners in 2019.

If you’re looking to join the Demosphere family and be part of The Team Behind Team Sports℠contact us today!

United Soccer Coaches Convention

 

Demosphere Tip of the Week: Collecting Donations

Collect donations for your organization using Demosphere’s Donations feature. By placing the donation link on your public website, existing members and new sponsors will be taken to your secure donations page, where they can log into an existing account or create a new one. The user will immediately be directed to the donation step of the public registration process so they can quickly and easily make their contribution. The organization will then have access to various reports to track donation amounts by members and sponsors.

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Demosphere Forms New Partnership with Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association

Wisconsin Youth Soccer

FALLS CHURCH, VA – August 22, 2017 – Demosphere, the most experienced provider of leading-edge technology solutions for youth sports organizations, announced today a new strategic partnership with Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association (WYSA), a member of US Youth Soccer. Demosphere will provide a fully integrated solution for WYSA, it’s 130 member Clubs and over 55,000 players across the state.

The newly formed partnership will provide best-in-class solutions for managing online registration, teams and rosters, risk management, league scheduling and communication tools across all levels of users.

“Technology is an important component of today’s youth sports experience” shared Melissa Zielinski, Executive Director of WYSA. “We are very excited to partner with Demosphere to provide our youth soccer community with an all-in-one solution that further increases the value of WYSA membership.”

“Our entire team is thrilled about our new partnership with WYSA.” said Kris Baker, President of Demosphere.

“Demosphere has been working diligently, re-investing millions of dollars over the last 5 years, to build a completely new state-of-the-art platform. Coupling this new technology with our 27 years of experience serving the youth sports community puts us in a unique position to bring strength and stability to a very rapidly evolving market. We’re excited to share our ethical approach toward managing sensitive household data with the members of Wisconsin Youth Soccer.”

About Demosphere:

Demosphere International, Inc. is an Information Technology company based in Northern Virginia that has catered to the technology needs of youth sports organizations for over 26 years. Demosphere strives to provide authentic industry-leading technology solutions for organized sports, accommodating the needs of all levels of organizations and all levels of users, with an ethical approach to how they impact the greater community. For more information on Demosphere, visit the company’s website at demosphere.com.

About Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association:

WYSA is a member of the US Youth Soccer Association, the largest youth sports organization in the country. WYSA oversees registration and league play of nearly 55,000 players annually and is the largest youth soccer organization in Wisconsin. Players register through over 130 member clubs assigned to one of 12 geographic districts throughout Wisconsin. For additional information about WYSA please visit wiyouthsoccer.com.