A Message to the Parent Soccer Coach
All coaches have three major headaches: dealing with time, space and fitness. Here are a few simple ideas to get the most out of your practices.
Time: It's always at a premium, so make sure your transition time between drills is minimal. Organize a fun practice at the start - players will pressure their parents to be on time for fear of missing out. Start practices on time and don't wait for latecomers!
Space: I've shown the set-up for cones, assuming you'll have limited space. Please consider the fields you use. Change the location of each practice to maintain the quality of your field. Don't practice in a goal area unless you really need to, because these areas wear out quickly. Fitness running should always take place off the field of play, especially for sharp turns.
Fitness: Players under 12 should use a ball whenever possible. It's much easier to run with a ball than without it. The ball gives tired feet a reason to keep performing! As a general rule children up to age 10 will not need to stretch - you can just do a general ball warm-up. But I always point out to athletes of any age the benefits of stretching to prevent injury.
Finish every practice with a scrimmage. We're here to play! In English class you learn letters to make words, then put words together to make sentences, then use sentences to tell a story. Drills and practices are our letters and words, and the game is our story.
Director of Coaching
Proactive Soccer, Inc.
2015 Summer Soccer Camps
Get your kids enrolled today for the Summer 2015 Proactive Soccer Camp held on the impressive Moses Brown Campus in Providence, RI directed by Coach Paul Janaway and his team of first rate coaches.
In addition to Soccer weeks, Proactive Sports is offering a specialized Track and Field Camp.For information contact email@example.com putting Track in the subject line.
These Camps fill quickly so you must apply early !!!
We are in our 15th year of Quality Soccer Coaching Camps!!!
It is our 6th year of Track!!
Soccer Camp Weeks: June 15 through August 7, 2015
Eight individual weeks of quality coaching!
Full and half days are available in weekly sessions. Moses Brown plus partners with Proactive Soccer to offer popular and fun clinics, directed by Paul Janaway, for children ages 4-16.
The camp is a serious endeavor so coaches expect full attention and effort, but all players can expect to have a tremendous amount of fun. The program remains a favorite among parents and children in Rhode Island because of Paul Janaway’s inspirational, encouraging, and educational coaching style.
The clinics emphasize developing individual skills for competitive play.Players, grouped by age and skill, gain a better understanding of the game, sharpen skills, strengthen tactical awareness, and improve fitness.Many of our past players are now successful Premier and College Players.
Players ages 7-16 may choose to attend full days (9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) June 15 through July 31. In addition they also may participate in Tournament Week held August 3-7 from 9:00 a.m.to 11:30 a.m.
Players ages 4-16 may also attend from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Players ages 4-16 who attend half days may join other MB plus camps in the afternoons. Please see the registration form for information on extended daycare.
PROACTIVE SOCCER: "Thinking ahead of the Game"
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