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Skills School

Wednesday, September 16, 2009
The players that come to a practice or two a week and play a game for a 6-8 week fall season get a little bit better. The players that get a lot better are those that are excited and inspired by their coaches and the game to practice with their ball more at home. This can be kicking a ball around with mom and dad, with siblings or with friends.
Some of us were lucky enough to grow up watching the game and our hero’s on TV and trying to emulate them. Many players here do not although that is changing. That is why as a coach I have always liked to try and inspire my players to do more on their own. In this day and age, many young players have cell phones, iPods and access to the internet. Of course as parent’s we want to monitor their use, but maybe watch a couple of videos with them… Who wouldn’t be inspired by this youtube video of Ronaldo? click here Who is the best player ever in your opinion?
One of my favorites though has been to follow the English TV magazine show, Soccer AM. Each week they went to a different professional club and picked 2 of their academy players to a soccer skills duel. There are 3 rounds and then a winner is declared with the rest of the academy team watching and cheering! Take a look at this one then do a search for others… skill skool
Maybe your players will be inspired to try… what do you have to lose? :)
I look forward to your suggestions, questions and comments! Which one is your favorite? Do you have any other good links to share?
Happy Coaching!

Comments :

  • Mike | October 29 2009 01:18 PM

    Rick, Sorry it took a while as I have been out of state at regional and national meetings. Email me at mike@oregonyouthsoccer.org and I can definitely offer some suggestions.

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  • Rick | September 22 2009 08:39 PM

    Mike, Do you have any advice for coaching an overly aggressive u10 boys soccer player? We are concerned he is going to hurt either a teammate during practice or a opponent durning a match, Thanks, Rick W

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