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atrain2 - December 16th, 2010 19:06 GMT

Our club is thinking about doing player evaluations this coming up season. It woud go over the players skill level, technique, attitude and a few other topics. Has anyone ever done evaluations and if so do you have any suggestions or tips?
mtnlady - December 16th, 2010 20:37 GMT

How old are the players? You don't want to discourage the younger players. They won't hear 'work on your first touch' or that your 'left foot needs strength and accuracy'. They will hear "I'm BAD!!!"

Maybe for the younger players doing player evals is still good but it's for the coaches internals purposes to adjust training etc. - that's how we use our monthly player/team evals, to adjust training). We share the results wtih the players but only in a very positive fashion. Older players I think you can share their evals with them but again, keep it positive and really play up the positives.
Blues99 - December 17th, 2010 03:25 GMT

If your kid is playing comp soccer and you are not getting an evaluation from your club you should ask why.    Evaluation at the end of the year are good but the ones done during the season I think are more productive.  If the main objective is to become a better player, how do you know where your stand if you don't know what you are doing right and what areas need improvements.

If you are a select or rec player and are just playing for fun than maybe an evaluation is not necessary.  If you are a select player and are looking to develop you should ask your coach for a personal evaluation every few months. 

I also think that if you are a coach and your evaluation is all positive than this is worse than not doing an evaluation at all.
mtnlady - December 17th, 2010 17:43 GMT
Edited by mtnlady on December 17th, 2010 17:46 GMT

Blues no one said about evals being 'all positive' - my point is that you have to be very careful how you tell a young 10-11-12 year old girl what their shortcomings are. As girls, especially young ones are prone to hear only that they are 'bad' and then feel like that they are no good and that they should quit. You have to be very careful how you broker your advice to them. Age and gender of the player are important to keep in mind (select v comp in this area is a lesser importance - both want to get better).
Blues99 - December 18th, 2010 08:24 GMT
Edited by Blues99 on December 18th, 2010 08:26 GMT


I agree that you have to be careful with young kids, boys or girls, but I also think that if you want to help out a kid with their development you need to let them know what areas need improvement.  There are ways to do it that won't hurt the young player's feelings, and as long as you have made it clear throughout the season with your actions that your main purpose is to make them a better player they will accept criticism.  Give them solutions on how to improve those areas as well.   

I'm just saying that as a parent is not very helpful to hear how my child is excelling or is perfect on each and every area.  If that is the case how come they are not on the national team?

As far as evaluation for kids under 12 years old they should all say the same.  Don't be afraid to be more creative, and the solution is to watch videos of  Robinho, CR7, Ronaldinho, Messi and the entire Barca squad.
mtnlady - December 18th, 2010 18:34 GMT

Sounds like we are in agreement then Blues.
atrain2 - December 20th, 2010 06:49 GMT

The age group is 14-15 yearold boys. It sounds like both of you have experience in doing evaluations. Do either of you have anytype of forms you could share? Or do you verbally give the evaluations?
Blues99 - December 20th, 2010 20:44 GMT


I'm not a coach but I will try to find some sample forms for you.

I think a written evaluation is more effective.  I have two teenagers and if you were to give them a verbal evaluation most likely they will only hear what they want and forget most of it by the time they get in the car.
ManU - December 20th, 2010 21:43 GMT

atrain - put together an evaluaion which covers 4 different parts of their game - teachnical, tactical, athleticism, psychological.

under each of those heading have specific subtopics such as dribbling, striking, passing, receiving for technical

then at each of those subtopics have an area where the coach can write in something they do well and an area they need to work on.  emphasize it is an area to work on and not that they're bad at it, beacuse honestly i can watch a professional game and pick things out they're bad at.

ask the coaches to meet with the player and parent up to age 14 and then it needs to be player and coach only in a public setting of course like before and after practice or game. Encouage the coach to discuss things directly with the player and allow the parent to ask questions afterwards. i'm trying not to be too captain obvious, but i know some coaches who don't realize not to meet with a player by themselves no matter what the age.
20sDad - December 21st, 2010 00:36 GMT

My 2 cents... find out what the kids goals are and structure the evaluation accordingly. 
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