Skip the Dribbling Drills

Over the weekend a player parent overheard me advising a young player to skip practicing dribbling and work on passing and trapping. When the young player had left the parent stepped up and asked what I meant by “skip practicing dribbling”....

Developing a Quick Trigger

I love talking to other coaches. Maybe more than that I love talking to players. It doesn’t matter what age or level I enjoy picking their brain, making them think and just talking soccer. Recently I had a chance to chat with one or our areas dominant high...

Hey Coach…..Shut Up!

Spring soccer season is nearly upon us, that means new teams and new coaches. The one piece of advice I have for a new coach…..any coach…..is to SHUT UP during a game. Let the kids play. If you’ve done a good job in practices they will know what to...

Let Your Players Get The Practice

If you are like me you love to play. I’m a kid at heart and I like to have fun, joke around and just enjoy life. That’s part of why I enjoy coaching. One of the most difficult things for me was to stand and watch and not always participate. I like running...

Impress Them Every Practice

It doesn’t take much to impress a 9 year old. A little knowledge will take you a long way with kids. Assuming you are training using Pareto Principle, the 80/20 rule, and focusing on Trap – Pass – Move you will have established yourself as a coach...

Coach, Give Them The Facts and Whys

Coach, you are the voice of authority. You are the fountain of knowledge. You are the presenter of facts pertaining to the play of soccer……even if you have to fake it for a while. I play odds. If you watch enough soccer, especially at the younger ages you...

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