EMBODY a PASSION FOR THE GAME.

The Model Youth Coach…. ummmm… When the verdict is out, the Model Youth Coach is one that a child and their family can look back on years later and acknowledge as one who instilled love, respect, and passion for the game we call football (soccer).  Along with that would be fond memories of hard work […]

SIDELINE ETIQUETTE

Let the Coaches Coach! Suppose you are telling your son or daughter – or any other player for that matter – to do something different from what the coach is asking them to do.  You may create confusion for the player. Let the Kids Play! If they have been well-coached, they know what to do […]

READERS’ RESPONSES

Ric’s ideas fit right in this ‘Belyi’s Chart’: I do have a modest proposal.  Rather than assigning the presumed best coaches to older age groups, why not scatter them across all age groups, emphasizing ages 3-9?  Rich  Jablonski Most clubs do not (and many should not) offer programming at the crucial 3-6 age group.  That […]

Bridging the Gap

So many talking points in the article, “We Are Woefully Lacking in Qualified Coaches” here are my ideas where to begin. *The quality and content of coaching education are not what they should be. *We SHOULD deploy our proven, experienced coaches with younger age groups as one means of developing and retaining kids. *We SHOULD […]

WE ARE WOEFULLY LACKING IN QUALIFIED COACHES

We are woefully lacking in coaches that really know how to coach the game well in the US.  Most coaches say, “I want to teach my players to love the game.” That’s a great goal, but how do you do that? First, you must know that you can’t “make” your players love soccer.  Just like […]

The Development Gap in the USA Soccer Pyramid

  Great topic and article,  ‘Players Path to Proficiency.’  I agreed with the Kontributors’ comments especially resonated with Werner Roth. He wrote, “The most critical elements in building those players mentioned… Early childhood development starts when the kid leaves the crib with their ball at their feet, dribbling it wherever they go. Growing up in […]

Why Aren’t Our Youngsters Doing It?

Here are just a few of the responses to my article ,  Reevaluating The Role of Youth Coaches! A sign of the times.  Alcwyn Elliott This is a more significant question than it appears on the surface and lies at the foundations of our challenges.  Children do not do things on their own as we […]

RESPONSES to PLAYERS PATH to PROFICIENCY

Thanks for the opportunity to expand upon what Graham and Jan rightly pointed out in the article, “Players Path to Proficiency.” The two critical factors in development; are access to small-sided courts or pitches (often with poor surfaces) and vertical pick-up play (playing up against older kids). The two aspects mentioned by Graham and Jan […]

PLAYERS PATH to PROFICIENCY

The critical elements of keen youngsters, plenty of opportunities to play, can WALK to a pitch, often small-sided – 5v5, 7v7, rarely full-sided, and accessible to any child.  Players control their environment, not adults.  Often the pitches are asphalt or tarmac.  This encourages skillful play.  How often do you slide tackle on a hard surface? […]