US Youth Soccer Director of Coaching Sam Snow offers some advice for players, coaches and parents as the spring soccer season approaches.
1. Coaches — it’s not too late for you to attend a coaching course, clinic or symposium; sit in on a webinar or go watch a model training session. Take advantage of all the coaching education that your State Association has to offer. After all, your players deserve a well-informed coach.
2. Players — get your medical physical done and start doing your extra fitness workouts now.
3. Coaches and players — go watch some high level soccer. Seeing the pros or college teams perform is a fun time and a good way to understand the game even better.
4. Players — get a ball and start your own practice now. Juggle and see if you can break your personal best. Find a wall that you can hit the ball against to improve passing and other skills. See the Player’s Guide on the US Youth Soccer website for more ideas.
5. Coaches — check out the coaches section on the US Youth Soccer website. You’ll find articles, session plans, videos and online clinics.
6. Players and coaches — check out all of the Skills School video clips on the US Youth Soccer YouTube channel.
7. Parents — find out about good sports nutrition to guide your child on the eating habits of high performance athletes. Remember, you set the table for their healthy soccer nutrition.
8. Players — get those pickup games going in your neighborhood, at school and at the soccer park.
9. Coaches — communicate consistently with the players and their parents at every training session and match this year. Good communication will pay you many dividends.
10. Everyone — enjoy your soccer!