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Hi everyone,
I've recently been recruited by my club to manage our club minor team. I'm a recently retired player and while I'd have an idea how to go about things I'm wondering if there is any resources that can help me on my journey.
Any advice/suggestions welcome.
Thanks

newcoach1 (Sligo) - Posts: 5 - 28/04/2021 09:34:55    2339054

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Replying To newcoach1:  "Hi everyone,
I've recently been recruited by my club to manage our club minor team. I'm a recently retired player and while I'd have an idea how to go about things I'm wondering if there is any resources that can help me on my journey.
Any advice/suggestions welcome.
Thanks"
There's plenty of advice to be found on the net. Here's stuff on YouTube: link

Cockney_Cat (UK) - Posts: 1546 - 28/04/2021 10:10:52    2339058

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Replying To newcoach1:  "Hi everyone,
I've recently been recruited by my club to manage our club minor team. I'm a recently retired player and while I'd have an idea how to go about things I'm wondering if there is any resources that can help me on my journey.
Any advice/suggestions welcome.
Thanks"
Pretend you're from Dublin and contact Croke Park and watch the allowances flow in.

leitrimguy1985 (Leitrim) - Posts: 57 - 28/04/2021 10:26:59    2339062

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Replying To Cockney_Cat:  "There's plenty of advice to be found on the net. Here's stuff on YouTube: link"
Thanks very much for the suggestion. I have looked online and while there is great stuff there I found myself tumbling down a rabbit hole! There's so much online content and a lot of it seems geared towards coaching and not so much on management. I'm more looking at this side of things and if there's any books or anything written material out there that people have found useful?
Thanks

newcoach1 (Sligo) - Posts: 5 - 28/04/2021 10:28:52    2339063

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Start with communication, you maybe the manager but you are part of a wider team, be that the players, team selectors and parents + club officials. Get advice from previous managers of teams, possible of the players you now will train. Remember you are dealing with Juvenile players and treat them accordingly. Enjoy and have fun with the experience.

Convert2 (Westmeath) - Posts: 22 - 28/04/2021 11:19:41    2339072

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Replying To newcoach1:  "Hi everyone,
I've recently been recruited by my club to manage our club minor team. I'm a recently retired player and while I'd have an idea how to go about things I'm wondering if there is any resources that can help me on my journey.
Any advice/suggestions welcome.
Thanks"
Sit down by yourself and work out what you want to achieve with the team for the year. Best talk to others in your club or county with management experience . Then cherry pick the ideas that fit in with what YOU want to achieve. Making sure you communicate with your players and their parents to address their needs so they can perform well and have fun together will make them more inclined to stick with the club as an adult. Obviously the practicalities of a routine/timetable for group training, and maybe some ideas for individual training, after you've took the lads for a few sessions, based on what you learnt from your own recent playing experience. Consult your players and set realistic collective goals on what you want to achieve as a group. Sort out with the club treasurer a team budget/access for training gear, balls, hurls?, cones etc. Ring local businesses and maybe sell advertising space on a team/club calendar for petty cash for team expenses. Maybe get the lads to do something fun that they can get sponsored for.

Viking66 (Wexford) - Posts: 3443 - 28/04/2021 11:32:23    2339076

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There's actually been a few resources that have been developed lately:
1. Live Learn Love Gaelic Games...it's aimed at nursery and U8s age groups and looks brilliant.
2. GAA Game Day Journal...aimed at managers across all codes and looks bloody fantastic.
Have seen both on twitter recently.
Good luck on your journey and enjoy!

georgejetson (Limerick) - Posts: 3 - 28/04/2021 12:11:22    2339083

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Replying To georgejetson:  "There's actually been a few resources that have been developed lately:
1. Live Learn Love Gaelic Games...it's aimed at nursery and U8s age groups and looks brilliant.
2. GAA Game Day Journal...aimed at managers across all codes and looks bloody fantastic.
Have seen both on twitter recently.
Good luck on your journey and enjoy!"
Thanks very much, I'll definitely look into this. Has anyone got the journal?

newcoach1 (Sligo) - Posts: 5 - 28/04/2021 12:39:34    2339091

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Replying To newcoach1:  "
Replying To Cockney_Cat:  "There's plenty of advice to be found on the net. Here's stuff on YouTube: link"
Thanks very much for the suggestion. I have looked online and while there is great stuff there I found myself tumbling down a rabbit hole! There's so much online content and a lot of it seems geared towards coaching and not so much on management. I'm more looking at this side of things and if there's any books or anything written material out there that people have found useful?
Thanks"
Way too much online for someone starting out...that said you can write down say 5 things you think you will need and concentrate on those topics only...otherwise it's the rabbit hole you mentioned..Communication is an obvious one, plan for season ahead, training routine (keep this simple for first year - warm up..physical training...then kicking/catching/passing drills etc. Defending tactics and attacking tactics etc..finish with a game then encouraging use of training tactics...keep it simple...online is great but just pick a few things and go with them...good luck..

Fairplayalways (Offaly) - Posts: 867 - 03/05/2021 00:26:46    2339743

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Fun, fun and more fun. Don't be lured or fooled into thinking that winning is everything. From my own experience, if your players are not enjoying themselves then you or them will not get the best out of yourselves. Trust yourself and those around you, delegate and being honest, as was said previously, there is way too much material on you tube. You will get a brain freeze with the amount of stuff that's there. Have a look at the players in your squad, have a chat with whoever is helping you and decide what what yee as a group can bring to your team. Pick one or two things to work on and enjoy your year.

roseyinthegarden (Wicklow) - Posts: 48 - 03/05/2021 13:51:36    2339787

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Replying To newcoach1:  "
Replying To Cockney_Cat:  "There's plenty of advice to be found on the net. Here's stuff on YouTube: link"
Thanks very much for the suggestion. I have looked online and while there is great stuff there I found myself tumbling down a rabbit hole! There's so much online content and a lot of it seems geared towards coaching and not so much on management. I'm more looking at this side of things and if there's any books or anything written material out there that people have found useful?
Thanks"
What do you want to know about management and not coaching specifically?
What do you see as difference between the two?

KillingFields (Limerick) - Posts: 2580 - 03/05/2021 16:30:44    2339806

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The big thing about coaching too is how important it is to have your players buy in to what your doing too. Also acknowledge what your own weaknesses as a coach are, and never be afraid to get other people on board with you who might know more about certain aspects of coaching/training players. The more people with these specific skill sets that you can involve with you the better as it adds to the professionalism of the whole set up and players will indeed buy into it more.
Good luck :)

Bon (Kildare) - Posts: 1408 - 03/05/2021 17:33:29    2339818

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Replying To KillingFields:  "
Replying To newcoach1:  "[quote=Cockney_Cat:  "There's plenty of advice to be found on the net. Here's stuff on YouTube: link"
Thanks very much for the suggestion. I have looked online and while there is great stuff there I found myself tumbling down a rabbit hole! There's so much online content and a lot of it seems geared towards coaching and not so much on management. I'm more looking at this side of things and if there's any books or anything written material out there that people have found useful?
Thanks"
What do you want to know about management and not coaching specifically?
What do you see as difference between the two?"]Well in my specific case they are 2 different roles. I do have someone with me that will be doing the bulk of the coaching and I am the manager. I will dip in and out of the coaching but it's not my main role. My main job is managing the team. Looking at this thread there is some great advice. I suppose I'm looking to find out more about structuring things; people, resources and the team also. There doesn't seem to be much in the way of specific materials to management roles in the GAA. However, the place is falling down with coaching material. (which is a good thing)
Enjoying the feedback here though so thanks all.

newcoach1 (Sligo) - Posts: 5 - 05/05/2021 09:51:31    2340054

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Well in my specific case they are 2 different roles. I do have someone with me that will be doing the bulk of the coaching and I am the manager. I will dip in and out of the coaching but it's not my main role. My main job is managing the team. Looking at this thread there is some great advice. I suppose I'm looking to find out more about structuring things; people, resources and the team also. There doesn't seem to be much in the way of specific materials to management roles in the GAA. However, the place is falling down with coaching material. (which is a good thing)
Enjoying the feedback here though so thanks all.
newcoach1 (Sligo) - Posts: 4 - 05/05/2021 09:51:31

When you say coaching the team isnt your role what specifically do you want help with?

KillingFields (Limerick) - Posts: 2580 - 05/05/2021 11:01:58    2340071

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Replying To newcoach1:  "
Replying To KillingFields:  "[quote=newcoach1:  "[quote=Cockney_Cat:  "There's plenty of advice to be found on the net. Here's stuff on YouTube: link"
Thanks very much for the suggestion. I have looked online and while there is great stuff there I found myself tumbling down a rabbit hole! There's so much online content and a lot of it seems geared towards coaching and not so much on management. I'm more looking at this side of things and if there's any books or anything written material out there that people have found useful?
Thanks"
What do you want to know about management and not coaching specifically?
What do you see as difference between the two?"]Well in my specific case they are 2 different roles. I do have someone with me that will be doing the bulk of the coaching and I am the manager. I will dip in and out of the coaching but it's not my main role. My main job is managing the team. Looking at this thread there is some great advice. I suppose I'm looking to find out more about structuring things; people, resources and the team also. There doesn't seem to be much in the way of specific materials to management roles in the GAA. However, the place is falling down with coaching material. (which is a good thing)
Enjoying the feedback here though so thanks all."]I haven't managed a team before. I am a manager in my professional life in a competitive industry though.

There are a few important principles I employ myself.

Ownership of the direction you're going. You need to be the one responsible for identifying problems and coming up with ways to fix them.

Communication: You need to communicate your ideas to the group and make sure everyone is aware of their responsibilities within the wider group. 1 to 1 communications with your coaching team and players are huge. I'd say you should be constantly talking to a range of your group. People have good ideas and it's great to get those out of them. If someone isn't meeting your expectations you need to let them know that they aren't and come up with ways in which they can look to turn things around.

Efficient use of resources: We all have a limit to what resources are available to us and for the manager it is important to be aiming to get the most out of those resources. You'd be looking at things like the training time people commit. Do you have volunteers who can scout opponents for you? Is there anything you can provide your coaches to make them more successful.

Have achievable smaller goals. Get more and more of the little things right all the time and the big stuff tends to look after itself. The little stuff should though always be in line with your bigger picture but it's the details then that you work on getting right.

Whammo86 (Antrim) - Posts: 3640 - 05/05/2021 11:42:07    2340082

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It is only a club minor team- stop taking it so seriously lad. that is what is wrong with a lot in GAA- these expectations being put on people often by outside factors, some inside factors, some from the people themselves. One team/coach/manager/club trying to outdo the other and it just leads to undue pressure. it is a sport- to be enjoyed. Meant to enhance life not totally take it over.

Get the lads playing ball, enjoying it, have a bit of craic and treat them with respect. Then you are on to a winner straight away. If the lads respect you and like you they'll go through a brick wall for you , if not no matter what drills you do, what fancy equipment you have etc won't be worth a thing.

Football is a simple game, complicated by spoofers to make themselves sound and look good.

the creeler (Cavan) - Posts: 512 - 05/05/2021 11:54:25    2340087

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Replying To tonguey:  "It is only a club minor team- stop taking it so seriously lad. that is what is wrong with a lot in GAA- these expectations being put on people often by outside factors, some inside factors, some from the people themselves. One team/coach/manager/club trying to outdo the other and it just leads to undue pressure. it is a sport- to be enjoyed. Meant to enhance life not totally take it over.

Get the lads playing ball, enjoying it, have a bit of craic and treat them with respect. Then you are on to a winner straight away. If the lads respect you and like you they'll go through a brick wall for you , if not no matter what drills you do, what fancy equipment you have etc won't be worth a thing.

Football is a simple game, complicated by spoofers to make themselves sound and look good."
hear him hear him

the_creeler (Leitrim) - Posts: 119 - 05/05/2021 12:14:45    2340094

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Replying To tonguey:  "It is only a club minor team- stop taking it so seriously lad. that is what is wrong with a lot in GAA- these expectations being put on people often by outside factors, some inside factors, some from the people themselves. One team/coach/manager/club trying to outdo the other and it just leads to undue pressure. it is a sport- to be enjoyed. Meant to enhance life not totally take it over.

Get the lads playing ball, enjoying it, have a bit of craic and treat them with respect. Then you are on to a winner straight away. If the lads respect you and like you they'll go through a brick wall for you , if not no matter what drills you do, what fancy equipment you have etc won't be worth a thing.

Football is a simple game, complicated by spoofers to make themselves sound and look good."
There's nothing wrong with caring about something and trying to go in with it with the right attitude, trying to do it properly and trying to improve yourself and your team in the process.

If the OP doesn't take it seriously his lads are going to take it less seriously and maybe that attitude flows on through to their attitude to GAA going forwards.

GAA has gotten more serious over the years and that's not for everyone but a lot of people also find it very rewarding.

That U17 rough age is when other sports are getting their players to transition out of playing to develop (although that's still the priority) and more towards playing to win.

Whammo86 (Antrim) - Posts: 3640 - 05/05/2021 13:54:47    2340105

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Replying To Whammo86:  "There's nothing wrong with caring about something and trying to go in with it with the right attitude, trying to do it properly and trying to improve yourself and your team in the process.

If the OP doesn't take it seriously his lads are going to take it less seriously and maybe that attitude flows on through to their attitude to GAA going forwards.

GAA has gotten more serious over the years and that's not for everyone but a lot of people also find it very rewarding.

That U17 rough age is when other sports are getting their players to transition out of playing to develop (although that's still the priority) and more towards playing to win."
I would say if you go in bombarding young fellas or girls with tactics, training and diet plans, drills etc, a lot of them will walk away. You want to enjoy yourself at that age, and playing gaelic games shouldn't be a chore but it is coming to that point if one adopts the university professor type coaching with them. They'll just move to soccer or rugby etc for their enjoyment. Look at sunday league soccer in England, we have nothing similar at all in GAA,

the_creeler (Leitrim) - Posts: 119 - 05/05/2021 14:15:07    2340108

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Replying To Whammo86:  "There's nothing wrong with caring about something and trying to go in with it with the right attitude, trying to do it properly and trying to improve yourself and your team in the process.

If the OP doesn't take it seriously his lads are going to take it less seriously and maybe that attitude flows on through to their attitude to GAA going forwards.

GAA has gotten more serious over the years and that's not for everyone but a lot of people also find it very rewarding.

That U17 rough age is when other sports are getting their players to transition out of playing to develop (although that's still the priority) and more towards playing to win."
An OP?? What is that?? An Old pensioner or some more jargon??

the creeler (Cavan) - Posts: 512 - 05/05/2021 14:35:09    2340110

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