Needless to say, I am now exploring the world of microblogging, more specifically Twitter and how it can make me a more effective coach. For every tactical, technical, and psychological nuance that goes into teaching the game of soccer, the bottom line is that it all means very little if you are not an effective communicator. The most basic phase of communication is how a coach transfers information about the game and how the team plays to players during practices and games. Fortunately the most effective way to do this is still face-to-face interaction and demonstration. What happens though when players go home and disconnect from their coach, teammates and the field?
It seems as if an opportunity to learn and further absorb tactical, technical, and psychological information vital to their continued development as players is missed. What if a coach could capitalize not only on the training hours they have with their players on the field but also stimulate continuous learning when their players are away from practice? Remember that movement off the ball the team worked on last week in order to successfully beat a high pressing opponent? Twitter allows a coach to instantaneously reinforce the concept through photos, videos, and articles. Coaches find thousands of examples online that draw inspiration for what to teach players. Twitter allows for a coach to instantly share these examples with their players and stimulate learning even when away from the practice field. With the use of Twitter, coaches can reinforce training concepts on off days, and even spark motivation for a player to work on their game by themselves with a quick inspirational tweet or link to an amazing highlight.
It is clear that coaches can more effectively and expansively impact player develop by properly utilizing the power of microblogging and more specifically Twitter.