Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Giving Feedback is the same for pros & kids
There are few coaches who have had the success at the youth level as US Under-18 national team coach Mike Matkovich. Soccer America's Mike Woitalla has a good interview with Matko, who references the similarities with giving feedback to professional players and to youth players - Mike works both with US Soccer, as well as an assistant coach for the Chicago Fire.
"Guys who want to please you compared to guys who want to make a living" is how Mike Matkovich describes the general difference between youth and pro players.
"Not that older guys are that much different," says Matkovich, who coached indoor pro soccer in 1990-94 after his playing career ended because of a knee injury. "All good players, whether they're young guys hoping to reach the next level or seasoned pros, want honest feedback. You just have to be smart about picking the right moments to talk, when to make suggestions or constructive criticism. If you're an honest coach, you'll connect with your players, regardless of the level."
Posted by Mike Jacobs at 12:28 PM