The Coaches’ Guide to Mind Mapping opens up new aspects of accomplishing goals. When the average coach has approximately 100 hours a season with their players, what information do you give to players? With so many aspects of the coaching process to consider, trying to organize the complex process can prove to be both challenging and confusing. Whether you are working at the elite or grassroots level of the game, knowing the right information to give your players’ and when to do so is a constantly varying process.
The Coaches’ Guide to Mind Mapping, an interactive coaching learning resource specifically designed to support the learning process of coaches, is a tool that will help you become an expert coach. Although this particular learning resource uses soccer examples, it is a technique that can be universally applied within any sporting context and accessible to coaches undertaking any sporting qualification. Because the current demands of modern-day (soccer) coaching require coaches to know and deliver a greater deal of knowledge to players, the mind mapping technique aims to support the coaching process by helping you to identify and develop your ability to recall technical and tactical knowledge from memory. Additionally, the resource can be used to help facilitate the knowledge acquisition process as the learner journeys through their coaching qualifications while developing key learning skills.
In contrast to numerous soccer coaching literature today, this book focuses on developing how you–the coach–can remember, organize, and deliver the technical and tactical information that your players need. The learning resource is divided into seven step-by-step chapters, with guidelines for developing, creating, and evaluating the impact of the mind mapping technique. Throughout the learning resource, familiar soccer themes are used to help you follow the mind mapping examples with ease. The chapters also include simple worksheets for you to practice the mind mapping technique, reflect on your development, and set personal targets.
So, go ahead–learn, coach, develop!
About the Author
Misia Gervis, PhD, is a chartered psychologist and postgraduate programs director at Brunel University. She has been a senior consultant sport psychologist to the FA (English football association) since 2002 and founding member of the British Olympic Association Psychology Advisory Group. Dr. Gervis was the sport psychologist to the English women’s senior national soccer team.Temisan Williams is a UEFA licensed coach and MSc sports science graduate and has more than seven years of experience in women’s and men’s soccer across the grassroots and elite levels. He is currently the senior education officer at West Ham United Foundation and also coaches within the Youth Development Phase at a professional soccer academy in England.