Recently I watched a varsity soccer practice at a local high school. The practice started with the head coach (not a teacher, a paid coach) rolling the ball out and instructing the boys to scrimmage. For 90 minutes the coach played on his phone and talked with the other coach
It has been very easy to get caught up in the herd mentality and buy into the underlying competitive nature in club sports. Watching this game reminded me why kids play and why parents support their kids playing. In the United States, 21.5 million youth between the ages of 6 to 17 play sports on a regular basis. Youth sports are an important part of each child’s development. Unfortunately 70% of children involved in sports at a young age quit by the age of 13.
The team environment is similar to the classroom. If the child is struggling with a technique or concept, the most efficient path to improvement is one to one or small group instruction from a qualified instructor.
Self-confidence removes fear and doubt and allows the athlete to play loose, aggressive, and most importantly without the fear of failure. There is no question that an athlete’s self-confidence correlates to their performance in practice and games.
The question we have debated around the office is, when is the right time to start training for soccer tryouts and the upcoming season? While a few weeks before the tryouts/seasons is not too late, it is also not ideal. Let’s step back and look at the many areas where your athlete has an opportunity to make improvements:
Finding the right coach for personal training was a very important step in this direction. Sports training is not one and done, but rather a continuous and long-term process. The relationship with a personal coach needs to be and should be approached as long term as well.
As one of the founders of the youth sports marketplace, StriveFar, I am frequently asked if I use StriveFar. The answer is “absolutely!” – Vipanj Patel
Camps have traditionally been an integral part of the summer experience. Kids looking to improve at their sport and build their strength and conditioning now have a better option – Small Group Training.
Unfinished business is a positive spin on the construct of “failure”. True failure occurs only rarely, such as outright giving up. Most times, it is a matter of figuring out what went right (always start with a positive) and what needs to be fixed, and then trying again.
Summer is a time for staying up late, sleeping in, and hanging out with friends. This is generally the off-season for most sports. Athletes playing competitive sports and wanting to get better at their sport use the off-season to improve their fundamentals, technique, speed, strength, and agility. The commitment and intended outcomes during the summer Read more about Affordable Alternative to Summer Sports Camps[…]