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Karl Dewazien interview - The choice is yours

Karl Dewazien - aka 'Koach Karl' - is the coaching director for the California Youth Soccer Association. He is an A licensed coach in the US and has dedicated his life to teaching coaches in the most efficient way to coach children.

His techniques are both simple and effective and they get results. Marcus Banks has interviewed Koach Karl exclusively for Total Football, focusing on 10 different aspects of coaching.

2)The choice is yours

Marcus asked: What message do you try to get across to young players?

Karl Dewazien: A young player went to her coach and told her about her feelings when playing and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it to the end of the season and wanted to give up She was tired of running, struggling and making mistakes. It seemed as one problem was solved a new one arose.

Her coach took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil; without saying a word.

About twenty minutes later she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a second bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a third bowl. Turning to her player, she asked, "Tell me what you see."

"Carrots, eggs, and coffee," she replied.

The coach brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. The coach then asked the player to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg.

Finally, the coach asked the player to sip the coffee. The player smiled, as she tasted its rich aroma the player then asked, "What does it mean, coach?"

The coach explained that each of these items had faced the same adversity: boiling water. Each reacted differently.

The carrots went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, they softened and became weak.

The eggs had been fragile with a thin outer shell protecting its liquid interior. However, after being subjected to the boiling water its insides became hardened.

The coffee beans were unique, however. After being subjected to the boiling water they had changed the water.

A carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

"Which are you?" she asked the player. "When adversity knocks on your door, how would you like to respond? Like a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

The player just stared.

So, the coach asked, “Which do you want to be?”

A carrot that seems strong, but after a mistake, after a bad call or after a goal against us do you want to become soft and lose your strength?

An egg which starts out with a malleable heart but changes with the heat? You have a great attitude toward playing but after a mistake, after a bad call or after a goal is scored against us do you want your attitude to become hardened and stiff? You know your shell will look the same, but on the inside do you want to become bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart?

Or, the coffee bean which actually changes the hot water. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. When the game seems lost and mistakes mount, calls don’t go your way and goals continue to be scored against us do you want to elevate yourself to another level?

How do you want to handle adversity, like a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

She finished by saying, “The best players in the world don't necessarily have the best of everything. They just make the most of everything that comes along their way. The brightest future for you will always be based on a forgotten past. You can't go forward and improve in anything until you make mistakes and learn from them

The choice is YOURS!

Koach Karl

Karl Dewazien

Questions by Marcus Banks

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