Going Forward – Managing our Expectations

The Past 90 days have changed the way we look at things.

Recent changes in social distancing have brought “the family unit” within many countries closer together.

Youth players are at home with their parents and trying to keep their heads in the game, their foot skills sharp and their physical conditioning up to pair. Parents are closer to their players now more than ever before and can now provide positive feedback communications their coaches used to provide on an in-person basis.

Parent’s providing that critical feedback mechanism need to be aware of the positive impact on self-esteem the player will feel with proper communication. READ MORE

Choosing How to Communicate

Choosing to communicate is important. “How” we choose to communicate is critical to making sure what we want our audience to hear or see is clearly understood.

Today young players and coaches are tethered to their smart devices. It just makes sense to have your training curriculum visually engaging and available on their devices.

In the past when a coach wanted to communicate the tactical activity or technique / skill they wanted the player or team to perform, they could:
• demonstrate the skill or walk the team thru the tactical activity
• use handouts with diagrams with a written explanation
• show a video with audio queues what is necessary to perform
• use the grease board with a verbal explanation

Today, with the smart cell phone or tablet, visual learning is at the fingertips of both coaches and players.

MOTI Sports’ 3D Mobile Soccer Training platform uses 3D Motion Capture with an audio track to explain technique /skill to player and coaches and we use 3D Animation with an audio track to explain a tactical activity. The 3D allows a player or coach to circle around either the technique or tactical activity to view it from any perspective. One can even view the tactical activity from the Player’s perspective on the playing field, so that they can pick up the visual references, as a Player would.

MOTI Sports attended a conference for Physical Education Educators in Minnesota and all the educators clearly understood the “See it, Do it” animation, and how it would work with young players learning to play the game of soccer.

Educators understand that what we were doing works well in the field of instruction as they have been using the “reverse classroom” process for years. It made me think about “how” we choose to communicate and the methods available to all of us these days made possible by technology.

In Rochester Minnesota, Alan explained how a digital Practice Plan works to a Park and Recreation Director for a local community. The Minnesota Parks and Recreation Association members have a number of local youth soccer programs they sponsor around the state and need a good solid method of communicating how to coach a recreational soccer team for parent volunteer coaches. Several communities have or are planning on using our system to help their coaches and players.

Earlier we attended the Florida Youth Soccer Association Annual General Meeting and made a presentation on how our 3D Motion Capture and 3D Tactical Activities work with both coaches and players in youth soccer teams. Our Spanish audio was well received by many club DOC(s) throughout the FYSA geographic area.

The 2018 USA CUP provided us an avenue for having our system viewed by over 1,100 teams from 28 different countries including Minnesota. There were a number of people that wanted Alan to explain the benefits of using our system.

MOTI Sports, Inc. is just starting up this past summer; we’ve had over 3,000 players, 750 coaches, from several states and countries benefiting using a new method of “How” to communicate with coaches and players.

Top 5 Coach to Player to Parent Communication Tips

As the season gets started, it is important that the entire team is on the same page when it comes to communication. As a coach, the best way to make sure the parents and player’s questions have been addressed is to simply update the Announcement board through the Coach’s page. At any point in the season, communication is the most important part to make sure parents stay informed as well as players. Here are some tips to ensure coach-parent-player communication:

  • One of the biggest influences for a child in sports is their parents. In order for a child to have a good experience, that requires the parents to be encouraging their youth player and supporting them if they have any questions or concerns to address it with the coach.
  • For coaches, it is very easy to simply add comments to the announcement board, but good coaches always dig deeper. Learn about your player’s background, their goals and passions. This will allow you to have a better understanding of your players and parents.
  • If there is a conflict with a player or players, coaches need to make sure parents are notified immediately and it is dealt with carefully. This can be done quickly and easily through the messaging system to players. Or directly with the parent and player. Often it is better to talk face to face when possible as not everyone can read emotions via a message when there is conflict.
  • Parents should encourage their player, if the player has a concern, to address it with the coach directly. This method of player to coach communication is a positive thing for a player to learn.
  • When using the messaging system, players and coaches are also able to message each other. Utilizing the messaging system and Announcements Board allows coaches and players to communicate in a positive manner as well as a convenient and consistent outlet.