Managing a group is always a complicated task, but the difficulty increases as the age of the group in question decreases. In football or sport in general, we see every weekend that a recurring call from the coaches to this boss is usually the cry; not only to convey instructions, but also to correct, motivate … Now call up training football teamsIs it motivating? Is it ethical? Is it effective?
Cree culture in football
It is true that, in football, there is a certain “culture of the cry”, that is to say that the players themselves often claim this character from the coach be focused or motivated. However, screaming, by itself, should have no effect on anyone’s motivation from a biological point of view, but, in any case, quite the opposite (no one likes to be called out). Therefore, the relationship between motivation (or intensity or focus) and screaming would be learned.
In both cases, this scream culture does not seem accessible to any player. There are individual differences between all people and also between children. So, we can find introverted children and extroverted children. The main difference between the two is basic physiological activation.
Therefore, extroverts, with low baseline physiological activity, tend to stare situations involving high sensory stimulation, Give them that amount of activation that their body lacks. Thus, they tend to have a higher risk appetite, a greater tendency to seek new sensations (traveling, trying new restaurants, meeting new people), a preference for loud music, a tolerance for clutter, Conflicts …
However, introverted people are at the opposite pole, with high base activation and therefore external stimulation can collapse them, so they tend to prefer controlled and predictable environments and tend to avoid potentially stressful situations.
The differences between introversion and extraversion
It should be clarified that the examples presented here to define the two behavioral tendencies are simplifications that aim to make the concepts easier to understand, but that personality is made up of many other factors which all interact with each other.
In any case, given this individual differentiation between people, it can be inferred that it will occur in athletes, and in young athletes. Football as a team sport, Should attract the attention of extroverts, and that is why we usually find it. However, if we analyze the different categories of grassroots football (from Chupetín to youth), we see how we can find greater heterogeneity among younger people and a strong tendency towards extraversion among older people.
One could argue that this is because when boys and girls reach a certain age, they begin to choose their favorite extracurricular activities for themselves, manifesting their introverted “phenotype” … but there could be more of them. .
If we look at the generality, generally only a minority of introverted players reaching a youth squad generally behave remarkably well within your own team. In the elite, we find Zidane, Messi, Iniesta … exceptional players, with this profile of introversion.
Don’t hamper your talent
We might come to think that, in their training process, these players have already excelled at an early age, performing at high levels due to their age and making fewer mistakes. Therefore, it is possible that these introverted players received less screaming and, as a result, their physiological activation was not exceeded, and it did not cause them rejection or discomfort to go to training. .
If that were the case, we might be faced with a natural selection of extroverts from grassroots football and sports, who wouldn’t mind a little stimulation in the form of screaming, bumping up against the worn-out argument of the “c ‘is that if you can’t stand that calling it isn’t worth it for football,’ but what about the introverts who stand in the way? Could it be that we are prematurely ranking the potential talents of great athletes? Do they deserve to lose the many benefits that the practice of sport brings to their physical, mental and social growth?
It would still be necessary to study the scientific literature to discuss whether shouting has a motivating effect on players, but what we know today is that there are alternative motivational techniques and communication that can allow us to better adapt to the individual differences of our actors, and ultimately it is group management.