Way back when, I was about 7 years old and playing in a YMCA flag football game. I was very proud that my dad was there to watch.
I don’t remember how I did or what the score was.
I do remember my dad saying that I stood around with my hands in my pants. Even now, I can still see the living room where he said it.
I was pretty crushed. Especially, since I don’t think the shorts I was wearing had pockets.
However, now I know what he means. I was probably standing around with my legs straight, watching the game.
Like most kids, I never bent my knees, got ready to move and joined in the game.
At all the schools I go to I watch the PE and athletic programs. Typically, 90% of the kids stand around.
They look like they want to get involved, but they don’t have the skills to do so. Even when when the ball comes towards them by time they want to react it’s too late.
This has got to be frustrating and aggravating for them. Not to mention the coaches and parents.
So, teach your child how to stand in an Athletic Stance.
Here are five keys to a good stance:
- Head up high
- Eyes looking, curious like a cat
- Knees bent, legs wider than shoulders width apart.
- Elbows bent to help for quick movements
- Weight on the balls of the feet
Spend a few minutes of every practice working on a good athletic stance.
And reinforce it during the practice.
At home, have them brush their teeth in an athletic stance. Or do it after putting on their clothes.
A little practice goes a long ways.
This tip is one of many you get in my soccer fitness program. Perfect for parents who want to help their kids be better athletes and better soccer players. Perfect for coaches who want to improve their teams skills.
It’s also great for coaches who are too short of time and want to have the parents help develop kids skills.
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