Kontributors – Diane Boettcher 2017-06-21T09:17:54-08:00

Diane Boettcher is a Former Physical Educator in Elementary Grades, High School, College, and University. She is an Olympic Development Program coach with coaching licenses from the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), Holland (KNVB) and the English (FA).



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2607, 2017

Running Hills for Soccer Fitness

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Studies show no deleterious effects on elite 10 year old athletes when they engage in 30 minutes of sustained running at up to 8% grade under a psychrometer reading differential of 4 or higher at 22 or fewer degrees centigrade. Okay, I made that up. But, does it really matter? Parents and non-elite 10 year old athletes would take a dim view of the necessity for training the same way as fully grown athletes. I coached a high school [...]

2303, 2016

Winning vs. Development (Part 1)

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For Coaches For Parents For Referees Winning vs. Development (Part 1) Back in the 1990’s, a famed sports psychologist polled kids about their motivations for playing soccer. The study became a classic in youth sports and served to wake up overbearing parents and coaches. To paraphrase, they found the number one reason kids played soccer was to have fun. Second, they played to be with friends. Another reason was to learn new skills. Far enough down the list [...]

401, 2016

She Is Ready for the “Power Step”

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For Coaches For Parents For Referees She Is Ready for the "Power Step" Question from Reader: My daughter is the goal keeper for a U-12 team. She is very enthusiastic and willing to learn, but my issue is knowledgeable instruction. For most of Megan's keeper career she has not had formal training. I have learned from online sources and from clinics and camps she has attended but my knowledge is limited. One of the other coaches pitched [...]

401, 2016

Coaching During the Game

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For Coaches For Parents For Referees Coaching During the Game In the FUNdamental SOCCER philosophy, we firmly believe the game is for the players. In our sliding scale of active coaching, we are least vocal when the performance anxiety and competition are the greatest and more vocal only when competition is secondary to learning. Thus, we decrease performance anxiety and enable learning in the training situations we structure. No matter what tone a coach adopts or what [...]