Quality trainers come in all ages and sizes. Erica Skroski and Madison Tiernan are quality because they bring a lot of characteristics younger players can relate to. The fact that they are in their prime of their professional careers and on top of their game is a quick draw as younger players see them play on Saturdays at the stadium and then train with them on Mondays & Wednesdays. It's a GREAT relationship as now younger players have direct access to pro players and can see that they are everyday players just like them.
They can see that by working hard maybe one day they can be in Erica's and Madison's shoes. They can see the quality in their words and actions. They go home and pretend they are them on Saturday being introduced at games or signing autographs after the games. They pretend they are making soccer moves or scoring goals. Then during #SOCCERSKILLZ Summer Development Soccer Training they try to show them those moves and how they can be just like them. It is something that youth soccer needs more of. Interaction between pros and youth players. It can promote so many qualities youth players need.
It's TRUE pleasure to have them train with #soccerskillz summer development soccer training.
WIth temperatures riding over 90 degrees and high humidity, the #SOCCERSKILLZSUMMER DEVELOPMENT summer development program kicked off. Thank you to our guest Sky Blue FC PRO players SHEA GROOM & REBEKAH STOTT for leading the first training session of the summer. The kids loved the games! This year SOCCERSKILLZ Summer Development Program, which has been running for the last 5 years, has teamed up with Sky Blue FC players to bring a new training perspective from years past. Players will get to train with regular Sky Blue Players as well as guest appearance players. They can get an idea what it is like to train as a pro player. If you would like to jump in these training sessions please click HERE.
Yes folks, I have been accused by a soccer parent that I do not care for my soccer team and players. As a professional coach I hear all kinds of things, some bad some good. I hear different opinions about my coaching style, by youth soccer development approach, my tactics and other various opinions, but never have I been accused of not caring about my soccer team or soccer players. It seems that everyone in America is an expert when it comes to youth soccer, it's development, and how to approach coaching it. Why, with so many experts we should be producing TOP level players and have a national team that is second to none. However we fall short continuously on producing top level players as well as have a consistently quality National team, that is a men's National team as the women's national team is doing somethings that are much different from the men's team, therefore producing some different results. Check out this video and find out who and why they accused me of not caring.
Every soccer season there is a waiting line for soccer families to pay to play for a pre academy club/team. Why do these families rush to pay to play for a soccer pre academy team for their 7, 8, 9 year or even 10 olds? Facts show that a majority of these players will stop playing by the time they are 13 or 14 or just get faded out of the pre academy team because other better players are coming into the team getting more playing time and causing the original play to lose confidence and possibly eventually get cut. WHat happens to the financial investment the family has made till then? They will most likely move to another pre academy system and start the process all over again. They will claim they can not go back into a club enviroment because their player is used to playing at a higher level with better structure or coaches. While that maybe true, there are also a lot of club teams that have just as good structured enviroment and just as good qualified coaches.
So, why can they not be happy with playing for their local club teams or other inexpensive soccer clubs like #SOCCERSKILLZ?
As we go through the soccer fields on any given day in any given youth soccer team training or game we will notice youth soccer coaches making mistakes that affect their coaching and their team's play as well as soccer life. Youth soccer coaches in America are volunteers for the most part and for the majority their soccer education is maxed out after they receive their basic certification. Keep in mind that not every club/organization mandates their coaches to receive the basic US Soccer certification, and the ones that do remember that the basic certification only covers up to a certain age. So if a volunteer coaches keeps coaching his/her team past that age additional certification is required. Besides the certifications to help coaching with the different age groups other certifications are recommended as the game of soccer is continually evolving and the coaching techniques are constantly changing.
For example a coach may take workshops and certifications that are relevant to his/her style of play. If a coach is teaching a possession style of play he/she may want to attend a small sided game work shop and earn a small sided game certification. If a coach has his/her team train in a futsal enviroment he/she should attend a futsal workshop and earn a futsal training certificate.
These are some examples of how youth soccer coaches can help themselves as well as their teams to have a more positive soccer experience eliminating some mistakes. Please watch video to see more common mistakes.
Here is a new way to look at youth soccer tryouts, for all players, parents and coaches. Every year spring soccer tryouts are a painful experience for a lot of players, parents and coaches. In our effort to give as much information as possible to assist with the process we would like to offer a totally unique way of looking at the youth soccer tryouts. The title maybe funny and it may raise some eyebrows but it definitely has similarities on both sides with a lot of good points to consider. Remember, no matter what the parents and coaches want, at the end of the day it's the players' ultimate decision and we should respect that no matter if we agree or disagree with it. It's the players that will have to live with their decision and off course the consequences. All we can do is provide them with as much of information as possible to aid them in making that decision and off course support them in their decision. Youth players are pretty resourceful and understand things better than we grown ups do. If we trust them in their decision they will surprise us. Please see the following video and have a great tryout season.
Pre Academies, College Showcase Tournaments or College ID Camps – Not only path to a college program.
Every paid organization that has teams playing in the college showcase tournaments or have an affiliation with certain college ID camps will tell you how important it is to participate in those events in order to get scouted by college coaches. They will use their ability to participate in those events a leverage to get you to sign into their organization and compete with their teams. But what about if you can not afford to have your player play for those paid organizations commonly known as "pre-academies". Does it mean that you are out of luck?
Getting scouted does not have to break your pocketbook. There are other alternatives to getting scouted and in fact if you do your own due diligence you will realize that it can be done at much lower cost. There are a lot of players that do not play club or pre academy ball, just for their high school teams and those players, if they are good enough, find themselves being recruited.
Urban community soccer players – GOLD finds for college coaches. Some college coaches make a point to reach into the urban schools and look for players that may not have the money to participate in paid organizations. They are lot of layers that can be found that have the talent and the academics to secure roster spots.
Please watch the following video for more information.
WHY COLLEGE ID CAMPS, CLINICS AND COLLEGE SHOWCASE TOURNAMENTS MAY BE A WASTE OF MONEY AND NOT BE THE BEST POSSIBLE PATH TO A COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP
College ID Camps, Clinics, or college showcase tournaments, may not be the best solution for everyone. Most paid soccer organizations boost how they can get your kids to play in college showcase tournaments and be seen by all the big schools. Although that may be true to some degree, at what cost do you want to follow that path. Furthermore your child may not have a great single game or tournament while that particular college coach is watching or he/she may have a great game but that particular coach is watching another game. Now what? There are other ways to get your child noticed by a college coach that are much less costly. College recruiting has become BIG BUSINESS and some outfits may not be the best possible solutions. Do you ever get emails inviting your child to a camp or a clinic after they claim they have seen your child at a particular soccer tournament and were impressed by their skill level? The only problem is that your child was never at that tournament. How about being invited to a ID Camp that are supposed to be tons of schools recruiting. Sounds great but it is not free. It costs money. You can accomplish the same thing for free by contacting the schools you are interested in. Following is a video discussing some these pitfalls and some helpful alternatives.
It is that time of year again. You know what I am talking about...The snow has not melted off the ground yet, the trees have not bloomed, the soccer fields are not dry for all the winter rain and snow and most teams have not even played their first outdoor soccer game yet. But wait SOCCER TRYOUT MADNESS is here.
Every year, every youth soccer family has to go through the stress of tryouts.
Even the families that have been playing for a while on a the same team, stress over the fact that the team coach will see enough value in their player to ask them to come back on the team. For the new families or for the families that are looking for a change it is even more difficult.
Every paid soccer organization is competing for your dollars and they are starting tryouts earlier and earlier every year. It almost seems that playing soccer for a non profit soccer club is not good enough any longer. If you are a good soccer player you must play for a paid soccer organization. Sometimes skill may not be the first requirement for these paid soccer organizations but rather can your parents write the tuition check.We need xyz number of players to fill a team so let's just make offers.
Following is a presentation with some valuable insight on the DOs and DON'Ts of youth soccer tryouts.
If you ask any soccer expert they will all agree that the best coaches should be coaching the youngest players so that they can develop proper fundamentals and soccer techniques as well as grow the love for the beautiful game.
In the US the youngest of ages are being coached by volunteer parent coaches which in most cases do not understand the game, and proper development of a soccer player. The first goal of any youth coach, coaching youth soccer players should be to make the players fall in love with the game. To love something one must use it and come in constant exposure with it. What better way to love the game than by playing the game. On any given day in any youth soccer field you can watch youth soccer coaches making 4, 5, 6 or even 7 year old doing laps as warm ups. Those volunteer youth coaches are training youth players as grown ups not as age appropriate young players. Players at that age do not really need physical warm up, but rather just touching the ball warm up and getting familiar with how a soccer ball feels at their feet. After a short period of this, youth players, which have a very short attention span want to play the game. That is what they came to do, play the game, not do training after training activity.
American parents think that when young players are playing the game during training and not doing "DRILLS", the trainer does not know what he is doing and is not really developing the players. The BIGGEST misconception by American youth parents is that drills, not the game, is the biggest development tool.
Every season I try to schedule one scrimmage every week as part of the training schedule. Most think I am crazy and ask why I like to scrimmage so much. My reply is: “players like to play”. Off course having scrimmages, depending the age of the team allows to work on many other things and give opportunities for players to try new things without the fear of what will happen if they make a mistake.
The other misconception that volunteer youth soccer coaches have is that they play scrimmages to win. I always get coaches that I ask to scrimmage giving me this answer: “Sorry I don't have my full team so I can scrimmage”. They are so afraid that if they lose it's the end of the world..
As a soccer culture we have a lot of learning to do but we can not begin to learn unless we allow ourselves to admit we do not know everything there is to know about soccer and it is ok to watch, learn and implement other countries' successful systems of training.