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Fun Games for Under-8s (Pt. 4)
Dribbling - Explode: Every kid has a ball. You get them all around you dribbling their balls as close as they can get. Make sure they begin dribbling using the insides of both feet…no toe balls at the first practice! Make them keep control of the ball (always within one step) and don't let them run into one another or dribble their ball into another ball or another player. Keep telling them to get their heads up
and see the open spaces. Yell "Explode!" ... click for complete story
The Importance of a Long-Term Training Plan
Whenever I have a young athlete come to train with me, I always ask their age. Instantly, I calculate how long I have to train them until they go to college to train under another coach. For example, perhaps they'll respond "12 years old" and I'll say, "Great, I have 6 years to train you." Understanding the time frame I have to train an athlete gives me an accurate picture of what that athlete's potential
could be with the proper training plan in place. It's important that young athletes and parents understand from the beginning that training and subsequent development is an ongoing, long-term process... click for complete story
How To Responsibly Connect with Your Child's Coach
As responsible sports parents, it is important for you to be able to communicate positively with your child's coach. Working together will ensure a better sports experience for all parties. Here are 6 tools to help you communicate with your child's coach... click for complete story
NCSA Recruiting Corner
The Difference in "Walking On": It is the summer after senior year and almost all graduated high school student-athletes know what their plans are for the upcoming fall. There are those who have accepted financial aid - athletic, academic or otherwise - and are playing soccer at the next level. There are those who realized that college soccer isn't for them, and they are attending the college that is the right
academic and social fit. Then there are those who are attending a college that is their right academic and social fit, but they still want to see if they can play soccer there too. These players may consider "walking-on"... click for complete story
Laws of the Game: Ask the Referee
The USSF's National Referee Program office receives a multitude of inquiries regarding FIFA's Laws of the Game and numerous questions involving some often confusing rules and calls. Here is a quick sampling of recent topics and the resulting responses... click for complete story
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