ABSTRACT OF PAPER
Title: "authority Gets Challenged Now": Instruction And Involvement In Soccer Coaching
Author: Kvalnes Oyvind
International top coaches in soccer have started to move away from traditional, one-way instruction as their main mode of work, towards a method where they involve players and other staff in planning and preparation. This paper discusses some of the forces at work in such a development. Self-determination theory offers reasons to welcome the new orientation, based on empirical studies of the performances of people who are treated as autonomous beings. When soccer players are understood by their coaches as being agents, rather than pawns, we can expect better performances from them. Involvement can also provide the coaches with better access to information in their blind spots, giving them a better foundation for sound decisions. The move towards more involvement does not mean that instruction can be abandoned in coaching. The two approaches should instead be seen as interdependent polarities. A both/and mentality is called for.
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