This year’s Work to Play Coaches Training at the Chicago Indoor Sports Center was a huge success! 53 coaches, a mix of On-Site Program Directors and Assistant Coaches from the 22 schools that participate in the Work to Play Program, attended the fast-paced and interactive training on Urban Initiatives’ Work to Play curriculum. Our coaches are an amazing and dedicated group of folks, most of them Chicago Public Schools staff and parents of Work to Play participants.
The coaches shared best practices, ran through a mock program session, and learned the soccer moves and games from the Work to Play Program Booklet. They took a lot from Coach Simba’s session on how to effectively coach a practice and incorporate character and health coaching points into the games.
By far, the most entertaining part of the training was the Game Day Role Playing session. This session had coaches role play as 3rd graders playing a game. Two coaches at a time were the "coaches" refereeing the game, while the rest of the group were the "kids." The "kids" simulated different game day scenarios that are likely to arise throughout the year, such as a team who isn’t passing the ball or a misunderstanding between Spanish-speaking and English-speaking teams. The "coaches" had to identify the issue taking place and then step in and remedy the situation. Following each role play, the group would come together to share feedback and additional best practices for dealing with these game day scenarios.
We asked our coaches what they enjoyed most about this year’s training. Here’s what they had to say!
Thanks to our coaches for bringing their high-energy, expertise and open minds to this year’s Work to Play Coaches Training! A special thank you goes out to the Chicago Indoor Sports Center for providing their beautiful facility for the training.