This is a great question. I’m not a soccer coach by any stretch of the imagination. My coaching background is in swimming and water polo.
Water polo is similar to soccer. There’s a ball, a goal, and a goalie. The object is to pass the ball around and put the ball into the cage. They are a like in those respects.
And like soccer, swimming and water polo take a lot of conditioning and training but what do it’s not really the same, is it?
Actually, they have more in common than you would first believe. And for kids, it doesn’t really matter.
Most kids who are starting a sport don’t have the necessary fundamental athletic skills to be successful. If your team or your kid does, that is awesome. You probably don’t need to be reading a lot of my writing.
But the majority of kids that I watch today, whether it be soccer, swimming, lacrosse, baseball, softball, basketball or even PE don’t have the skills to compete, have fun and take it to the next level. Whatever that level is.
And my background as a coach and a PE teacher definitely qualifies me for helping kids gain the fundamental skills such as strength, balance, agility and endurance.
Another reason I can talk about kids is that I believe that I’m a great coach. Not in wins or losses. Not even in getting kids to compete at a national level. But in getting kids to have fun, to want to improve, to keep playing and getting kids to be better athletes, then yes, I have all the qualifications needed.
You don’t have to take my word for it. Take some of the advice that I offer. Try it out with your kid or your team. Do some simple exercises to improve their running technique. See how it works.
Take five minutes a day to play catch with them. Encourage them to have fun and to challenge themselves. See what happens.
If they have a smile on their face, and want to do more, then come back. If not, try something else.
I really believe that our kids are missing out on some essential ingredients of being happy and healthy humans. At least the kids I see in the greater Bay Area of California.
I see poor coaching and teaching. I see overweight kids. I see kids that can’t run because they spent much of their youth sitting on their backsides playing video games.
I think I have an answer. Not the answer, not the only answer. But I encourage you to explore Athletic Skills for Soccer and see what it can do for your son, your daughter or your team.
Besides the fitness benefits, I think as coaches and parents you’ll also gain a better relationship with your kids. Instead of yelling at them to try harder, you can be specific and tell them what they need to do and how to do it.
You’ll also be able to give them drills and progressions which will teach them how to do it.
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