Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in the Development Zone of Positive Coaching Alliance. US Club Soccer is proud to welcome Positive Coaching Alliance to its members, specifically related to Players First. Positive Coaching Alliance is helping to advance the Players First pillars of Coaching Education, Parent Engagement & Education and Player Health & Safety.
Jerry Smith, head women’s soccer coach at Santa Clara University, reveals that while recruiting, he strongly evaluates a player’s mental capabilities. He believes that the mental side of the game is the most important factor of future success in an athlete.
Watching recruits play and assessing their skills, he will also assess an athlete’s mental toughness, resiliency and receptiveness to coaching.
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