"Joystick Coaching" refers to the tendency we all have to directly control our players from the sidelines.

As a coach, it's easy to get too attached to the outcome of the game, and seek to help your players avoid mistakes from the sideline. Mistakes are the most important experience in the learning process. When we are overly controlling from the sidelines, it is counterproductive because:

Instead of striving to optimize the score of the game, it is better to maximize the learning experience for the players at each game. Some things you can do:

Listen to this 6 minute clip from the Changing The Game Podcast helps us understand why it is better to stifle this urge. The speaker is Tony Whelan, the Head of Youth Coaching for Manchester United. You can't ask for a better authority on the topic.

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