In order to develop a soccer player to their fullest potential, I believe a safe and fun environment must be created resulting in a player that develops a passion for the sport and the process of learning. Although I agree that winning is always one of the primary objectives in sport, my teaching process will place a higher priority and emphasis on effort and learning. This environment will encourage risk taking as well as making mistakes as part of the process for forming a confident, responsible, hardworking player who is intrinsically motivated to explore new challenges.
In order to effectively challenge each player, I am strict yet fair. As their leader, I am kind, honest, encouraging, and demanding. During teachable moments, I focus on what they should have done, rather than what they did. I focus on the positive solutions for each mistake rather than harping on the mistake itself. I eliminate the words “no”, “don’t”, and “wrong” from my teaching vocabulary and focus on “yes”, “do”, and “correct”. I always respect the official even when they are in error as well as opposing coaches, players, and spectators. I treat my players and parents with respect, dignity, and kindness. I never take advantage of a situation where the integrity of my ethics, morals, or identity is compromised. I am timely, organized, prepared, professional, and motivated to continue learning. Players graduate from this program with a strongly engrained work ethic, moral and ethical code of conduct, and positive outlook on life that will allow them to be successful human beings far beyond the soccer pitch. Players in this program are fair, kind, respectful and they never sacrifice their style of play or integrity in order to gain an advantageous result.
Players are challenged mentally, as well as physically to push beyond their perceived limitations. Overall physical fitness, as well as soccer specific skill, coordination and fitness, are trained during key windows for youth athletic development, which promote a long life of healthy habits. Players identify with a style of soccer that is founded on controlling possession, attacking as much as possible, and imposing our will on the opponent. Players feel ownership and a sense of responsibility in finding solutions as a team and with the ball rather than passing problems on. An unwavering priority is placed on technical and coordinative skills so that players learn to control the ball, instead of the ball controlling them. When faced with adversity, our players rise to the challenge and continue to press on even in defeat. A loss is never detrimental and always taken advantage of for the learning opportunity it presents.
I put an emphasis on clear communication with players and families who receive yearly written evaluations, in addition to seasonal personal meetings in order to review their individual developmental plans. I take into account each athlete’s personal goals with honest and thoughtful deliberation in order to produce a clear and meaningful developmental plan for each player.
Upon completion of my program your child will be a stronger student, athlete, and person. My aim is to transcend soccer as a way of life, reaching beyond the field to mold confident, responsible, positive, risk taking leaders that are exemplified in the manner by which they play the game, perform in school and carry themselves on and off the field.