Kids In Teams


Self-Worth = Game time for all

Steve Jenkins - Tuesday, April 07, 2015

As coaches we have various opinions on the amount of game time that each child on the team deserves. The Kids in Teams guideline is what they deserve is what they get.

There are 5 simple guidelines:

Don't Punish Do Reward

If a child is continually disruptive at training then it is very easy for the coach to reduce the child's game time due to this behaviour. Lets consider a different approach. Suppose we reward those children that behave the best the most game time. This gives our more disruptive children the opportunity to do something about their behaviour for which they will be recognised and rewarded. Same outcome but a much more positive message to give to the children. Those children that always attend training are the ones to be rewarded with extra game time if it becomes available.

No Surprises

Make it clear to the children before kick-off how much game time they are going to get. This may be increased due to injury but should not be decreased.

The 1-0 Scenario.

If a team is winning 1-0 with 5 minutes to go can we predict which children will be on the bench ? If the same scenario occurs two weeks running will the same children be on the bench both times ? This does happen and it is made worse by the coach saying - "its critical that we don't change the team - I will make it up to you next week". Weeks/months/years after the final whistle the significance of the result earns its rightful place. The damage to the self-worth of the child is less likely to be forgotten.

Manage Expectations.

Make it clear at the outset what the rotation policy is for the team. Some parents will disagree and it is important that they are given the opportunity to voice their concerns. The coach can explain that the outcomes of development, self-worth and enjoyment for all the children is the priority.

Be Fair.

It's easy for the coaches to leave the "game changers" on the pitch for the whole game. Its a sure thing that if you had 2 "game changes" at the start of the season with this approach you will have 2 game changes at the end of the year. The best approach is to plan your rotations - have the overall skill level of the bench the same throughout the whole game.

The attached spreadsheet produces team formation before and after each rotation - simple to use and the output addresses all the points within the Kids In Teams guideline.


Click to download simple rotation sheet 

Download the simple to use Rotation Spreadsheet. Enter the Number from 1-16 of each player and it will create you rotation sheets that address all the points within the Kids In Teams guideline.

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Comments commented on 14-May-2016 12:48 PM
Awesome post.

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