Our program focuses on technical skills so that players become comfortable on the ball, especially in 1 vs. 1 situations (1 attacker vs. 1 defender). During the practice sessions players work on these skills BUT to become accomplished players they MUST work on these skills outside of regularly scheduled activities.
In order to facilitate this we have placed some YouTube videos on our club website that give clear pictures and examples of what skills the players are working on. This way when they come home and confuse you by saying they have been working on the Matthews move you can now go to our website and access the video that shows players performing the specific move. We are hopeful that parents will then help their children further develop these skills so that their coaches can then encourage them to use them in practice sessions and ultimately in games.
The videos are available from our "Resources for Players and Parents" page, available through the Players menu bar at the top of the page.
We will be adding more content to our club website so that all of our members have a clearer understanding of the skills that we are trying to teach and how they fit into the game. Often as coaches we have clear pictures of what the game should look like but often that is difficult to communicate if players or parents do not watch the game or did not grow up with the sport of soccer. My experience is that it is very easy to tell which players spend time with the ball outside of regular activities. By working together to encourage players to get more touches on the ball we will raise the level of play in ALL of our players.