If you’re coaching, there are a lot of things to work on; ball skills, teamwork, offense, defense, strategy…you name it, they need to work on it.
Maybe you think about fitness. Maybe you don’t.
I think a lot of teams work on fitness (or think they do) but don’t approach it correctly. Working on fitness will have many benefits. The kids will improve their individual soccer skills as well as their team skills faster.
They will build stronger bonds as a team, improve team communication and be able to continue as a soccer player and athlete later in life.
Not developing fit soccer players is one of the reasons kids leave the sport. And the funny thing is, it’s one of the reasons kids get into the sport.
Here is my list of the biggest mistakes coaches make with soccer fitness.
- Kids are already in shape.
- They play to get in shape.
- If they kids are sweating they are getting more fit.
- The way to get the most out of kids is to yell at them to go harder.
- Soccer only requires running/leg strength
- Kids are born with physical skills. They either have it or they don’t
- Be tough or go home
There are a whole host of other mistakes that are made as well . In the next week’s blog posts, I’m going to examine each one of these reasons in more detail and explain not only why they are wrong but why they…
- Make kids quit
- Hurt the team…and the players
- And what to do to avoid it
Please leave a comment and let me know what you think are the biggest mistakes coaches make. Or if you’re a coach, do you agree with me? What do you do for your teams fitness?
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