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Last weekend should have been State Cup for my 2005 but it was moved to the November because the facility that was supposed to host it was closed to all non-professional sports. I had blocked out the whole weekend for my other teams so they didn’t have any games scheduled. We ended up moving a reschedule game for my 2005’s into the empty weekend. That gave me just one game last weekend and that one wasn’t until Sunday afternoon. It gave me lots of extra time to tick a bunch of boxes on my ‘Honey-Do” list.
I describe the details of the game in this episode.
Today’s question comes from Greg. He’s asking a pretty personal question but I thought that I’d share it because I think it’s a challenge that many coaches have.
“How does your spouse feel of all the time you spend coaching? It’s your job so there probably won’t be much of dispute but how does one balance time coaching?”
Thanks for your question Greg!
I met my wife at an indoor soccer facility in town. I was coaching when we started dating so she knew what she was getting into. There’s no question that I miss a lot of time with my family but coaching is something that I’ve always been passionate about and it’s how I provide for my family so they understand. I’m not going to say it isn’t challenging but it’s what she’s used to so we make it work.
My advice to coaches trying to find a balance between coaching and their personal life is to involve those important to you in the process. Ask them how they feel about the time you spend coaching. This is especially important if you’re not coaching your own kids. Any time we spend coaching other people’s kids is time away from our family so it’s important to take their feelings into consideration.
If it’s a job for you then creating boundaries is important. Carve out family time and don’t take calls, answer emails or even talk about coaching. It’s not only important for your family but also for your own mental health.
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I’m often asked about coaching courses and licenses. Today I’ll talk about who should get them (spoiler – everyone) but more importantly why you should and which one you should get for the type of coaching you do.
Next week I’m going to discuss my approach to player evaluations and how those have developed over the years. Thanks to Mike Wilson, a member of our Patreon Coaching Staff for the topic suggestion. Thanks Mike!
Good morning, I do appreciate the work done from that end and please keep it up so that we can gain from you. I would like to know from you, how do I get a coaching license in soccer because I have experience in coaching but I do not have license. so any advise for me and am ready to have that course by Video or by email. I have been helping many clubs for my country so I need help, am proud that I learnt a lot from WCC.
My suggestion is to go to the US Soccer Learning Center and explore the options they have list there.
For me there was one clearly beneficial reason to get a coaching license that I did not think about beforehand. Getting a coaching license allowed me to network beyond coaches in my own club. Given that I am a rec coach in a high level rec organization, this opened up a whole new world for me and allowed me to really grow. I started meet people I could ask questions of, attend their practices or even learn about other opportunities from them. This was the best part of my coaching license experience.
That’s such a great point Matt!! I definitely should have mentioned that. I’ll try to work that into the recap for next week.