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Coaching/youth training strategies and tips

Discussion in 'Other Football' started by Midas Mulligan, Nov 16, 2016.

  1. Midas Mulligan

    Midas Mulligan Senior Member Elite Donor Donor Seasoned Supporter International Liaison

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    I figure we could start pooling our collective knowledge to ensure I have a good resource to train my still hypothetical children.

    Feel free to share techniques, drills, general thoughts, etc.

    I enjoyed this article. It brings up some things that likely get overlooked by many people who are quite good at technical development.
    http://statsbomb.com/2016/11/4-coaching-hacks-to-develop-better-players/
     
  2. Keith Putnam

    Keith Putnam Senior Member Donor Seasoned Supporter

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    You can get accredited with a US Soccer 'F' level coaching license with a two-hour online course, by the way.

    http://www.ussoccer.com/coaching-education/licenses/national-f

    It's intended for "parents and coaches of youth players", but I think we should all get one just to be more qualified than Klinsmann.
     
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    FootyLovin No better obsession Elite Donor Donor Seasoned Supporter

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    Interesting. I've always been fascinated by one of the warmup exercises I see in the pregame that I assume is a balance exercise.
     
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  4. Keith Putnam

    Keith Putnam Senior Member Donor Seasoned Supporter

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    ACCREDITED. At the lowest possible level!

    I can now mold U8s. Also I can pretend that I Really Know About Soccer, because I am ACCREDITED.
     
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    JGarrettLieb Active Member Elite Donor Donor Seasoned Supporter

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    If you want your kids to be good make sure they practice ball touch and goal shooting.

    Smart kids can pick up tactics, technique starts at 4-5 years old.
     
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    derek_villa Active Member Seasoned Supporter

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    How did you like the course? I have been thinking about taking it. My dream is to create a club focused on multi-sport (especially at an early age) long-term development mainly focusing on basketball/soccer and maybe an individual sport.

    The certification courses for basketball offered by USA Basketball and NFHS not really worth it and only offer one course and not an age specific stuff which is really important.
     
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  7. Keith Putnam

    Keith Putnam Senior Member Donor Seasoned Supporter

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    It's really easy. Two hours of your time plus $25, and you simply watch 18 different videos (ranging from a minute long to 20 minutes long) and answer questions about the videos. Remember, though, that this only qualifies you for coaching U-8s.

    I'd say the "value", as it were, is that finishing the course provides you access to the US Soccer curriculum and some coaching/teaching resources. Getting the license was low-impact enough that I really did it for a lark and in the vague hope that my three-year-old daughter might want to play soccer in a couple of years.
     
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    derek_villa Active Member Seasoned Supporter

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    ok thanks for the review. the biggest key for is age is to have fun and love the game anyway to go with basic functional athletic movements.
     
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    FredMertz Senior Member Elite Donor Donor Seasoned Supporter

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    Unless you think you're going to pursue the other licenses, which all require significant in - person training, this is a waste.

    It takes at least 3-4 years to move up the ladder and, unless you're planning on coaching professionally, I'm not sure what good any of these will do you. You can be a dad coach with an hour of concussion training and a 6-hour class .
     
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    FredMertz Senior Member Elite Donor Donor Seasoned Supporter

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    My only advice is that for kids 12 and under, trying to win usually works against good development.

    A group of big kids can play dump and chase and win every game, but none of them are learning how to play soccer.

    Also, younger kids should all play aggressive, attacking soccer and the phrase "ball hog" should never be uttered. If a kid doesn't learn how to get past defenders at a young age, they'll never learn.

    Passing and field vision will come later.

    As an earlier poster did, teaching a 9-year old tactics is the fastest way to get them to improve - - at a sport other than soccer, because they'll be bored to tears and quit.

    Finally, if your kid wants to dribble a ball in the house, let them!
     
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    Seth Active Member Elite Donor Seasoned Supporter

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    So, where can we purchase this very useful FredMertzFredMertz lamp breakage insurance policy? Might want to get a glass coffee table rider on that one as well.
     
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    Mario Regular Member Seasoned Supporter

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    i think for the F license you need to do a field portion as well as the online part. it used to be mandatory, but i'm not 100% sure if it still is.

    also from what i remember, getting an nscaa ceritification you get an insurance policy or something like that
     
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    Keith Putnam Senior Member Donor Seasoned Supporter

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    Nope. I just did it. It's literally $25 and answering questions about a series of videos.
     
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    Mario Regular Member Seasoned Supporter

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    gotcha
     
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    Christopher Jee Senior Member Elite Donor Donor Seasoned Supporter

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    I really enjoyed that article.

    Here's a book I've found really valuable: https://www.amazon.com/Soccer-IQ-Things-Smart-Players/dp/1469982471
     
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    Very interesting video... Not something I'd probably do with my kids one day when I had them, but I hope something like this catches on. (Also, going to completely ignore the stadium they are in during the interview)
     

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