NJAFC Coaches Newsletter-Week 2

Coaches Notes
If you are a player coach, that is one who plays with the Northern senior club and also coaching, you are eligible for a 50% reduction in your registration fees. Let your senior coach or senior club captain know that you are supporting the junior club by training a junior team and your registration for the year will be reduced by half.

As the season progresses, ensure that your players have the correct attire for training as well as the game. That is have them come to training with football boots, socks and shinpads, as well as shorts. This lifts the quality of the expectations a notch and shows that no matter what grade we are playing, we are a team and we support each other by dressing in a manner that reflects this. 

The C.H.A.M.P Programme
The Spirit of the Squirrel is about choice actions and activities that are meaningful and have a purpose. The symbol is a squirrel holding an acorn. The acorn represents the worthwhile activity for the squirrel. The squirrel needs to collect the acorns for winter. If it does not it may not have enough for the winter and will starve. Therefore its purpose is to survive. Thus the Spirit of the Squirrel for most players is one of the following three reasons, that it is FUN, that they are getter better at the skills and tactics (MASTERY) or that they are playing with their mates (BELONGING-being in a TEAM). So find out from your players what they get out of being in the team, what is it that makes it purposeful, then develop your planning to ensure that the activities, the coaching drills and games will have something for all the players to engage in the spirit of the Squirrel. 
Next week: The Way of the Beaver

With the weather changing from sunny outdoor weather to rainy indoor weather for most of the week, coaching plans can still be made with indoor time in mind. Whilst they may not get the chance to practice some games or skills, there can be opportunity to do team building activities. Last season, I used a Wii with a game that had a balance game that had the player head objects. It was a fun time and gave the players another way to connect and encourage each other on. The rainy days can be opportunities to do things that we may not get the chance to do during the normal training schedule we develop throughout the season.

Focus:This week lets work on 'Spirit of the Squirrel' and ensure that the activities are worthwhile, that they want to do them. Have them contribute to what they would like to do over the next few weeks. With the weather turning this week, plan something that would make it a worthwhile for them to get together and be a team

The Last Laugh
The Family Pet
An older, tired-looking dog wandered into my yard. I could tell from his collar and well-fed belly that he was well taken care of. He calmly came over to me, I gave him a few pats on his head. He then followed me into my house, slowly walked down the hall, curled up in the corner and fell asleep. An hour later, he went to the door, and I let him out. The next day he was back, greeted me in my yard, walked inside and resumed his spot in the hall and again slept for about an hour. This continued off and on for several weeks. Curious, I pinned a note to his collar:
'I would like to find out who the owner of this wonderful sweet dog is and ask if you are aware that almost every afternoon your dog comes to my house for a nap.' 
The next day he arrived for his nap, with a different note pinned to his collar: 
'He lives in a home with 6 children, 2 under the age of 3 - he's trying to catch up on his sleep. Can I come with him tomorrow?'

Thank you for your time and enjoy your week.


Andrew Bowen


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