12 Oct Getting Female Athletes to Play More Aggressive
One of the most popular questions I have been asked during my coaching career has been, “how do I get my daughter to be more aggressive?” Oftentimes, parents get frustrated when their daughter lacks that extra spark during competition and wonder if it is innate, and can even be developed.
Spoiler: yes, aggression can be developed.
But you are going to have to do a few things that are still considered unconventional.
Aggression is not developed by girls doing skills sessions that have minimal to zero defensive pressure, nor is it developed by yelling, “be more aggressive!”Aggression is not developed by girls doing skills sessions that have minimal to zero defensive pressure, nor is it developed by yelling, “be more aggressive!” Click To Tweet
No amount of screaming at female athletes to play harder will suffice. So, how do young girls develop tenacity? All it takes is confidence, and coming back to building it like a muscle, female athletes must immerse themselves in uncomfortable environments that are not their sport practices and games. Developing confidence comes from being uncomfortable, and being forced to navigate challenging scenarios using their physicality.
As an example, in my childhood my brother and I used to wrestle daily. It is an environment such as this that is needed, so girls need to stop being bubble wrapped from situations that call for physical contact. I mean come on, do people think they will bolt into a tackle at high velocities if they have not been exposed to a tougher environment? The fact that I was familiar with being physical with my brother made tackles in my soccer games incredibly easy.
Moreover, I also resistance trained and strengthened my body, which gave me confidence in my ability to handle being physical in the game, and not being reluctant to push around the bigger girls.
Therefore, the winning line-up for developing aggressive female athletes is this:
1. Resistance Training
2. Rough Free Play (wrestling, grappling, shielding)
That is it. That is all they need.
Aggression does not need to be over complicated.
So long as female athletes master these year-round, they will blossom into aggressive athletes who embrace physical contact.
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