Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Checking in with USA's 'No. 1' coach
May 9th, 2013 5:49PM
Subscribe to Youth Soccer Reporter

MOST READ
TAGS:  u.s. youth soccer, youth boys, youth girls

MOST COMMENTED

[U.S. SOCCER CENTENNIAL] In 1970, Manny Schellscheidt became the first coach to earn a U.S. Soccer coaching license. Schellscheidt, who coached at nearly all levels of the national team program, headed the U.S. U-14 boys national team program from 2000 through 2011. U.S. Soccer spoke with Schellscheidt as part of its 100th anniversary commemorations.

Schellscheidt received his A license at the USSF’s first licensing course from legendary German coach Dettmar Cramer. Schellscheidt went on to win national titles at the youth, pro and amateur levels.

On his coaching philosophy, Schellscheidt said:

“I believe the game has the power to teach itself and as coaches we are just facilitating the process. It comes down to kids getting a feel for the things that matter and then having the ability to bring the game to life. We just need to give them little problems to solve, but they still need to have a chance to do it their way.

”It’s better to ask questions than to give answers. It’s more important that we activate their minds to catch on to things and solve problems. In the end you can never really teach anybody; people teach themselves based on experimentation that is quite often hit and miss. The ones who have the ability to learn are the ones you hang on to, the ones you bring back.”

Schellscheidt's advice young coaches just starting out?

“They need to understand not to take themselves too seriously. Coaching is about making sure that the kids they are entrusted to have a great experience with the game and have fun. It’s about fun. I always say, it’s a game, it’s play. Play is essential to human development. Through play we find out who we are, what we’re made of, and what we like and don’t like.

“Often times I go to games and when I come back people ask me, well how’d it go? I use the expression ‘well they are very well coached’ but I don’t mean it as a compliment. The players can look so programmed and so stiff that they don’t respond naturally to the flow of the game anymore. So we should really measure success in coaching by how long it takes me before you don’t need me anymore.

“If I’m doing a good job, I’m putting myself out of a job. Every good team I’ve ever had, and there were a few of them, got taken over by the players that caught on to the principles of the game.”

Read the entire interview HERE



1 comment
  1. Richard Bzdek
    commented on: May 9, 2013 at 10:09 p.m.
    I've always loved his approach to coaching and to the game.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Youth Soccer Reporter
U.S. U-18 women tie England    
The U.S. U-18 women's national team, coached by April Heinrichs, ended its 10-day training camp at ...
FC Dallas sweeps Development Academy titles    
FC Dallas won 2016 U.S. Soccer Development Academy titles at the U-15/16 and U-17/18 divisions, becoming ...
U.S. U-18 women fall, 1-0, to England    
The U.S. U-18 women's national team fell, 1-0, to England during its July 6-15 training camp ...
Slammers FC take top ECNL prize    
Slammers FC, based in Newport Beach, California, was named ECNL "Overall Club Champion" for the 2015-16 ...
NSCAA aims to combat 'showcase fraud'    
Citing that there are too many cases of showcase tournaments and summer camps promoting college coaches' ...
Semis set for Development Academy national championships    
FC Dallas has reached the semifinals in both U-15/16 and U-17/18 divisions of the U.S. Soccer ...
Girls Development Academy adds 28 clubs    
U.S. Soccer has named 28 more clubs that will be part of the Girls Development Academy ...
Roster: U.S. U-18 women head to England    
U.S. Soccer Women's Technical Director April Heinrichs has named a 20-player roster for the U.S. U-18 ...
Roster: U.S. U-14 girls national team convenes in Colorado    
U.S. U-14 girls national team coach April Kater has called up 36 players for the U-14s' ...
Roster: U.S. U-20 women convene in Chula Vista    
Coach Michelle French has named a 19-player squad for the U.S. U-20 women's national team's July ...
>> Youth Soccer Reporter Archives