Simpler is Better!
Last game of the season. We've made it through 2 bracket games already and are in the championship game. 3rd quarter, my boys take the field. The right outside midfielder runs close to my sideline, "Coach, I can't find right midfield". "What?" I say, tilting my head like a cocker spaniel. "I can't find right midfield, where do I go?" I struggle for a moment for a response. I know there's not a mark on the field for him to find and I think that's what he's looking for. I can't help but think how have I gotten to this game without having taught him this? How useless am I as a coach? The starting whistle is about to blow and he's looking at me virtually begging for direction. Something... anything... what can I say in 30 seconds that this boy can use? Finally, it's all I can think of..."Midfield... you help on both offense and defense. Run a lot, stay towards this side of the field, take the ball f