“THE WILL TO WIN IS IMPORTANT, BUT THE WILL TO PREPARE IS VITAL” – JOE PATERNO
Basic knowledge is the engine that drives your success in any sport. Doing the simple things well is the foundation to enable you to improve your skills, conditioning and flexibility, as well as tactics and positioning in the game. Soccer classes are grouped by age and ability level. Heinz Consten is an “A” licensed soccer coach with 40 years experience in developing youth players to higher levels. His expertise in teaching younger players has shown itself in the many boys and girls who have gone on to state, regional, and national competition, as well as receiving scholarships to colleges, and overseas placement on European teams. His resume is included HERE.
Spartac Soccer offers a challenging program of skills and techniques to other players who have the will to improve their game, the temperament to work to achieve their goals and the “stick to it” attitude that will make all their efforts worthwhile!
EXCELLENCE IS NEVER AN ACCIDENT;
IT IS ALWAYS THE RESULT OF HIGH INTENTION, DETERMINED EFFORT, AND SKILLED EXECUTION
Motivation Factors for Developing Young Athletes
In order for the coach to stimulate and inspire players during the learning process, a number of principles should be observed:
- Set training targets – tests of skill or fitness stimulate interest
- Simulate the real thing- try to make practices as near to reality as possible
- Give each soccer player a maximum amount of ball contact time
- Explain the purpose of the practice
- The training session should be well structured in order to keep players active and interested
- Information feedback to each individual is necessary for progress to take place. It also increases motivation
- Occasionally spring a surprise change to the training schedule in order to eliminate the possibility of boredom
- In the initial stages of teaching a skill, a high level of motivation may be detrimental.
- This is one reason for avoiding fierce competition during this period
- The coach must be sensitive to the problems which players face when learning complex skills, e. g.: Plateau of learning
- Short periods of work at maximum concentration should be followed by short active rest periods
- Players must be clear about their function in any practice
- Constantly re-enforce positive behavior
- Satisfy players’ competitive urge by using small games and skill contests
- Expose the players to problems that they may encounter during match days, e.g. corner kicks, goal kicks, penalty box formations, etc
- Give the players the opportunity to make suggestions about the best way to solve a playing problem
- Stimulate the imagination: create problem solving situations, teach creativity, etc.
Key points I would like to make concerning soccer coaches and team training:
- In order to reach maturity as a player a youngster must be exposed to a playing and training environment which extends his mental, physical and technical abilities to the limit.
- Warm-ups are important because they set the tone of the session
- Make sure that the training environment has visual impact. The use of portable goals is recommended
- Each player is different from every other – a law unto himself- the coach has little alternative but to regard his squad as individuals, each requiring particular help, guidance and stimulation
- Remembering that it isn’t all about soccer trophies. Enjoying the sport and having fun is critical to a lifelong love for soccer.
- Once an activity has been explained, let the players initiate the action and take responsibility for carrying out the task
- Set tasks for the players for their free time practice
- The coach himself must display enthusiasm and passion for the game. He has a responsibility to promote soccer which is exciting, skillful and promotes the enthusiasm to achieve!