Our Coaching Philosophy
The coaching staff and officials of RAFC understand that children participate in football (or soccer) to have fun. If children don’t have fun playing football, they’ll soon pack it in.
We never forget that the game of football is just that - a game. It’s not about how many wins and losses are accumulated. And, it is surely not about how many trophies are collected. It’s not about how many goals we score or concede. It’s all about enjoying the game and, at the same time, learning and developing football and life skills.
Proper football development requires that children play age appropriate activities so they are able to experience, comprehend, and execute the game as it relates to where they are at their own stage of physical and mental development.
It is about playing in different positions so the player learns all the skills necessary to develop in the game.
It’s about receiving equal playing time, so the players are all given equal opportunity to learn.
It’s about learning the techniques of the game through a variety of fun games where players have as much contact with a ball as possible and learn at their own rates.
Six things Parents Should Say…
A lot of soccer parents with good intentions give a 30 minute lecture, covering all the players supposed deficiencies and giving playing advice, in the car on the way to each match. The kids arrive far off their optimal mental state, and dreading the critique they are likely to hear, whether they want it or not, on the way home. Kids who are massaged in this way tend not to play badly, they just tend to not play, possibly to avoid making mistakes.
For best results, parents should memorize and use the following:
Before the Match
1. I love you
2. Good luck
3. Have fun
After the Match
1. I love you
2. It was great to see you play
3. What would you like to eat?