The homework is simple, short, and improvement is easily tracked. This summers homework for my 9 year old girls was 300 juggles (these could be done one at a time or 300 at a time) and 50 inside the foot passes with right and left foot. Players were given a calendar and asked to track how long the homework took, improvement meaning you were able to juggle and pass more efficiently thus shortening the time. The homework was done on average in 10 minutes which doesn’t seem like a lot of extra soccer but every minute adds up when you’re doing it everyday. In addition, my ultimate goal was not just to have them play for an extra 10 minutes but to hopefully have them decide (on their own) to stay after their homework was completed and continue playing.
My theory is that once they are out there playing on their own or with their sibling/friend, they would have fun and be inspired to keep having fun! 10 minutes might turn into one hour every other day, who knows. Some of my 9 year old players increased their juggling record from 25 to over 100 due in part because of their summer homework. Not specifically because the extra 10 minutes but because they inevitably became obsessed and continued juggling for hours even after their homework was completed.
That’s right, 9 year old’s so obsessed with soccer they can’t stop playing even in the off season. Mission Accomplished!!!!!!!!
Thank you for reading.