At 11:49 AM 3/10/2009, Patrick Duffy wrote:
>I could always tell which teams had newly minted D-license
>coaches, having taken the class myself and been told that we should have
>the players stand in front of the ball to delay free kicks by the
>opponents. (Yes, the state head coach was telling the newer coaches to
>have their players cheat.)
I have considered journeying a little ways along the coaches training
path, just to have a better idea of where coaches (in general) are
coming from. I'm not interested in becoming a coach but more
knowledge is always a better thing. And also to see how much of the
LOTG is actually taught to coaches and how it is done.
I can imagine myself, however, having a hard time biting my tongue in
the situation Patrick describes. I've always had some coaches in the
entry level classes I've taught and I'm sure it isn't always
comfortable for them. But they are probably already among the better
coaches if they're taking the time for a weekend of getting to really
know the rules. I hope taking a coaching course would help me be a
So, when it comes to Law related issues in a coaching class --- how
should one approach them? Do you identify yourself as a referee
and/or instructor from the get-go? Will not wanting to be a coach
but wanting to understand more of their universe be seen as a waste
of their time?
TIA and definitely For The Good Of The Game ...