Most of us agree that with good material and a good coaching staff, we will win. We all know there are cycles of winning. At times, a school has good athletes for a few years and then they hit a down cycle. Yet, I have seen coaches win in both the up and down cycles.
I hear coaches say that soccer is getting the good young athletes into their programs. Could that be because they have a strong youth development plan?
What are you doing to get the good athletes into your program? In my first year of coaching I felt I hit a down cycle. Our school was losing in all sports. We only had nineteen out for football.
We had a youth program in the 4th and 8th grades. I joined in with them. I helped their coaches, I officiated their games and I taught the grade school boys football fundamentals in my physical education classes. We went to over forty on our team with an 80% winning average.
I then moved on to a larger school with a bigger challenge. They, too, had been on a down cycle for about 25 years! They never had a winning season and had very little interest in football.
They did have a youth program that had players from all the surrounding communities. Again, I went to work helping the coaches and the players began coming my way! Our teams, over the next six years went 55 games without a loss!
The secrets to Winning in High School:
·Develop the youth coaches in your area.
·Help coach the youth team.
·Get the athletes "wanting" to play for you and not the soccer coach!