Dealing with disruptive behavior in players

Behavior only really changes when the pressure is on. It is one of the insights of Gijs van Helvoort, performance coach at the Talent Academy. According to him, behavioral patterns only become interesting if pressure is added, because then you will see obstructive behavior. This applies to both players and trainers. But how do you deal with all those behavior patterns and how do you approach players who all show different behavior? In conversation with De Voetbaltrainer, Van Helvoort explained in De Voetbaltrainer 273 how you can convert obstructive behavior into positive healthy performance behaviour.

An excerpt from the article:

Gijs van Helvoort: ‘Coaching and influencing model ‘I am of course aware that it can be quite a lot when you, as a trainer, have to investigate who all your eighteen and sometimes thirty players are and what their behavioral patterns are. It is true that you will always quickly realize that with one player and less with the other. With some players you know what behavior he shows and that you can easily respond to it to get him to show positive behavior. However, sometimes you run into players showing a certain behavior where you don’t know what to do with it. We have drawn up a schedule for this at the Talent Academy, in which we put talents in a kind of box. This is actually the opposite of what we want and what we stand for, but it often provides guidance for trainers to look at players and especially behavior in a certain way. It concerns the Coaching and Influencing Model, which is a behavioral observation model. It provides tools to look at behavior and then coach advice on how to approach a player. With the aim of getting a player from obstructive behavior to positive behaviour.’

New at De Voetbaltrainer: an e-learning about pedagogical action for trainers up to the age of 15 and from the age of 15 respectively. Gijs van Helvoort also speaks extensively in a video interview.

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