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Addressing the Issue

Addressing the Issue

Striking a soccer ball has been compared to a golf swing and me trying to say what is causing a specific spin on the ball without seeing the strike is like me going to a golf instructor and saying that I slice the ball, now without ever seeing me hit the ball, can you tell me why.

Any skill in life, whether it is striking a golf ball, bowling, hitting a baseball or any aspect of soccer simply takes getting expert instruction and then repeating the tasks properly thousands and thousands of times.

What happens with Young Players is that they will continually take 2 steps forward and then one step back. Some days they look like they have never hit a ball in their life and other days they look like a world beater.

The reason this happens with young players has to do with mental and physical development as well as with human brain function with regards to learning capabilities. I see kids that have excellent cognitive learning abilities but then go through a growth spurt for as long as a year or so and they cannot do what their brain tells them to do. My job is to recognize WHY something happens, or goes wrong and address that issue in preparing the player for the LONG haul.

Training takes expert training, lots of hard work from the player and lots and lots of patients from the parents as well as the player.  For example, there are sessions where we can use a the wall so that the players can learn how to have fun using the wall and get hundreds, if not thousands of reps in a session and hopefully enjoy it too!! If I cannot make it fun for them, then there is no point, soccer has to be fun. Hopefully the better they get the more fun they will have learning new skills.

Don Williams

Don Williams is a veteran college coach whose coaching career spans 30 years. He coached at virtually every level in the United States, including a pro stint in the USL, the NCAA, NAIA, and at the Junior College level. Most recently, he coached the men and women at Feather River Junior College in California, where he was able to transfer 92 players for $4,375,000 in scholarships having his players recruited by many distinguished schools such as Penn State, UMass, Florida State, UCLA, Lipscomb, New Mexico State, North Carolina, University of Washington and many more. Before coaching at Feather River, Don spent 12 years coaching at California State University at East Bay. Don has also been the men’s head coach at Ohlone College and the goalkeeper coach for the Bay Area Seals of the USL. There he coached such notables as Jon Conway, who went on to play for the NY Red Bulls, Chicago Fire, and Toronto FC of the MLS. Don also served as the inaugural Director of Coaching for the Northern Nevada State Olympic Development program, where he helped 67 players get invited to the US Regional Event. Don is Head of Operations with Sports Recruiting USA for The Americas, the most successful and connected college placement agency in the world. He has earned his "A" License from the United States Soccer Federation.