Another key aspect of consistency is that consequences are applied to all players when necessary. Do you apply the same consequences to all of your group – or do you make allowances for the ‘best’ players? Would you still apply the same level of consistency if it meant your best player was to have reduced playing time in the next match which was a semi-final?
Consequences – when applied in the right manner – are reasonable, proportionate, related to choice and are explained to the player in order to create a ‘win-win’ for both parties.
Reasonable consequences help to build relationships between players and the coach and provide an opportunity to teach children the lines of appropriate behaviour and highlight the boundaries of expected behaviour. They also teach the importance of values, ethos and a moral code, which are important aspects of the social corner of The FA 4 Corner Model.
Just as consequences need to be applied consistently, so do rewards. Can we focus our attention on those moments when we catch the group doing something well? Praise is an incredibly powerful tool and an opportunity to demonstrate to the players how much you care about them.
Care enough about them to give them limits, in turn creating an environment that is both positive and emphasises productive long-term behaviour.
Article courtesy of The FA Boot Room magazine in February 2017.