I would choose a great coach who micro-manages during games over an average coach who doesn’t. (True/False)? I asked this question to thousands of parents, coaches, and, trainers in our Anytime Soccer Training Facebook group.
Below are a few of the best responses. Comment below or in the Facebook group to share your opinion.
Stephen Ramos wrote
Ouch! Double negative here.🧐. 🤔
Have to go with T and hope that the training sessions are awesome!
Gary Jezorski with SocrPro wrote
Hmm… at first blush this is an easy answer… but then I started thinking back and my daughter’s HS coach was a “joy sticker” (annoying) but he was a great coach that produced results.
She also had “average” club coaches that sucked… so, in the end, I’ll take the great “joy sticker” over the average coach with mediocre results.
Personally, my style is to be very quiet – likely too quiet
Another member provided insight I found very interesting;
I wonder if sometimes micromanaging is a byproduct of parental pressure. Like the coach knows the parents are watching him so he feels like not being vocal is being perceived the wrong way. So you wind up with an “illusion on action”. It’s the same with parents’ sideline coaching, it’s an “illusion of action” that they feel like they need to do something but are actually doing nothing or actually making it worse.
My Thoughts – First I want to clarify. The purpose of this post was to explore a situation that many parents face when choosing the right club for their child – great club, great coach, but one potentially fatal flaw. I am not suggesting that a coach who micromanages during games can be great.
Additionally, I wanted to take an informal survey on the value that parents place on training versus the value of gameday experiences. I know the binary true/false choices are overly simplistic. However, the conversation led to my discovering new perspectives and understanding.
I would reluctantly go with the gameday micromanager and work to give my sons other opportunities to play games in a more free environment.
Training is just too important – especially during the foundation phase of their development. I do, however, worry about the impact that constant instructions from the sidelines would have on their confidence and willingness to take risks. What do you think?