Real Opinions, Raw Takes. Unedited and unscripted. Views about what is going on in youth sports, primarily soccer, in my local community and across the United States. Perspectives are unique and come from that of a Club Owner/Director/Administrator, Coach, Player and Parent of a Soccer Player and also a parent of an Elite Gymnast.
“Coach- What can I work on to get better” tips on how to get the most out of that conversation.
It’s very common occurrence in youth sports where a player will come up to a coach after a training session or a game or a tournament and ask a question of the coach, “what should I be working on” It is a great question and kudos to those who seek feedback. This episode reviews at least what almost all players can work on but also the approach and timing to get the most thoughtful and prepared response vs an “on the fly” response.
The Problem with the Problem with US Youth Soccer - Player Identification
Too many clubs, leagues and events and the sheer size of the US make talent identification difficult. The fact that there does not seem to be enough people contributes to the problem
Episode 19 -Homework leads to Mastery- Ball Mastery. 10 minutes per day is like an extra practice.
It only takes 10 minutes a day. Listen to how players can improve their foot skills and get the equivalent of an extra training session per week in 10 minutes per day. Coaches should encourage home based skill acquisition aka “Homework” to encourage Individual training. Ball Mastery, moves, juggling and basic dribbling 10-20 minutes per day several days per week will improve first touch, balance, coordination, agility and confidence on the ball. Players, if you are not doing it start! Parents and Coaches, encourage your players to start and keep track of these sessions. This is ideal for multi-Sport athletes who are constantly juggling conflicting schedules and can make up the equivalent time of a missed session. Over a 5-10 year playing career, players can literally get the equivalent of seasons of extra touches by creating this habit.
Episode 18 - coach Rich Rants - We are Creating disrespectful players
As coaches and parents we need to model behavior that we want to see displayed by our kids on the soccer field. It seems these days that more and more players are critical of one another, their coaches and the referees which does not honor the game.
Episode 17 - Nothing is absolute- shiny object syndrome - It still Takes a Village
There are more than one way to develop soccer players and we should be careful to adopt the next shiny object
Episode 16 - It takes a Village! The Problem with “The Problem with US Youth Soccer”
It’s Takes a Village - the Problem with the Problem with Youth Soccer is that kids can’t access the whole village because the corners are guarded by the bullies.
How It Really Is
This is the best reflection of how it really is out there for kids and parents compared to all other podcasts in this space.
Great info, thanks for sharing Rich