There are lots of benefits to giving players experience in different positions but this comes with a health warning. You must treat each child as an individual case as some will relish the challenge of playing in different positions whilst others may crumble at the thought of it.
Here are some ideas to think about:
- Treat every player as an individual.
- Play lots of multi-sport throwing and catching games in your warm ups as all children need to be able to throw and catch.
- Try players in different positions in training before they do it in a match.
- If you have a designated goalkeeper then get them to play as an outfield player in training and games as well to develop their ability on the ball.
- Trust your gut feeling. If the player is going to have their confidence shattered by playing in goal, play a longer game rather than forcing the issue.
- Talk to the parents to see how the player may react.
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