Let the Games Begin, Enjoy

This weekend sees the first game of the season for many teams, others will have their first game starting September 8th. Before we get started with the games, just a few reminders from our club meetings so we can all have a great experience.

Respect Officials: without referees there is no soccer game on a weekend. Like the players, and the coaches, the referees are going through a learning process, they will make mistakes, so let them embrace their own process, and show them the respect players and coaches expect.

Respect the Players: this is youth soccer, a place for kids to play the sport the love and to be on a journey to improving their soccer ability and overall individual self. Many of our teams have been placed in to higher level leagues to continue to be challenged, rather than have comfortable seasons. Give them the time and space to adjust, improve, and find the solutions to their newest challenge. Remember, it’s about the player and their individual development: https://thecpsu.org.uk/resource-library/2013/my-magic-sports-kit/

For the 06 age group this will be the first time on a full size field. For many players the full size field is  still a huge challenge. Our recent education meetings covered the effects of age. Each individual is different whether chronologically, biologically, or with a different sports age from their experiences within sports.  This video is a great eye opener to how some players are effected due to their stage of age: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9Pc1vf_tlg

 

Ultimately youth sports is a place where everyone should be able to enjoy the experience. When on the field be mindful of this, support all players and coaches no matter where they are from, be social with other parents, and show great examples of respect and patience towards referees.

Have a great season, we look forward to seeing everyone on the field.

Week 4 Review

The following email contains information about the weeks practice. The email will outline the sessions that have been completed and what the players worked on. We have a player centric, proactive curriculum which ensures the players will cover all the necessary mechanics, skill work, and give players a chance to be decision makers and creative players. Through the long-term development from U8 to U19, the players will pass through different stages and priorities as outlined in the program welcome meeting.

While during practice the players will be given the tools they need, if an individual wants to push on with playing at a higher level and performing to the best of their ability, practicing at home will always give them that extra edge, and we can’t encourage enough for those with passion for the sports to practice in their own time. This also avoids unnecessary overtraining of structured practices continuously throughout the week.

ADP Training Pool, U8 and Competitive Ages

  • Technical Grids.

A technical circuit working on the players dribbling and juggling. Sets of challenges and competitions added to the progression of the practice to increase the engagement of the players and further stretch a player’s ability as they improve.

  • Small Sided Games, Free Play.

Both sessions during this week were for Small Sided Games. A 3v3 to 4v4 format where players play the sport. Gaining game insight and intelligence while playing the sport in a pressure free environment

10’s to 07’s Competitive Teams

  • Passing Between the Units

A practice like the popular ‘Rondo’ training of passing under pressure. This however is more functional in the players movement to get between seems of defenders (space between two individuals), and the units of a team (e.g. space between defenders and midfielders). The receiving player also gets into the habit of looking before receiving the ball, this increasing the speed of play through sped of thought with a high level of game insight.

  • Shooting and Finishing

High level of repetition with receiving the ball with the players back to goal, encouraging the first touch to be at an angle and out of the feet of the player. The high repetition allows for a breakdown in the mechanics when performing this soccer action. Progressions include adding pressure from a defender both passive and real time, along with transition. Progressions depend on the rate of improvement in player.

  • Small Sided Games, Free Play, Pre-Season

Both sessions during this week were for Small Sided Games. A 3v3 to 4v4 format where players play the sport. Gaining game insight and intelligence while playing the sport in a pressure free environment

06’s to 04’

Some teams took part in scrimmages with other teams in the age group, and/or older/younger teams within the club. The scrimmage was for fitness purposes and for 06’s an introduction to the 11v11 size field.

  • Fitness with a Ball, Shooting 2

A session with high repetition of striking from distance, decision making, and creative attacking play. The fitness element comes from short burst of 100% effort between shots at goal. 2 goals are placed back to back, 20 yards areas either side for teams to play in. One team has a target player where upon winning the ball, the new team in possession must pass to the other grid finding their target player, and both teams must now sprint to either support or defend. Very little rest, challenging the recovery a player between soccer actions.

  • Fitness with a Ball, Technical Circuit

Designed to challenge the individual’s cardiovascular endurance, muscular endurance, and perform soccer specific techniques. A circuit developed to challenge passing and dribbling, alternating with sprint activities in a chase relay. Following the circuit there is a 4-minute run. A ball will stay in play for up to 3 minutes without rest during a game, 4 minutes pushes a player past this threshold, so they can compete for extended periods. Increased cardiovascular performance results in higher skill level as fatigue sets in.

  • Small Sided Games, Free Play, Pre-Season.

Both sessions during this week were for Small Sided Games. A 3v3 to 4v4 format where players play the sport. Gaining game insight and intelligence while playing the sport in a pressure free environment

03’s and Older

Some teams took part in scrimmages with other teams in the age group, and/or older/younger teams within the club. The scrimmage was for fitness purposes and for 06’s an introduction to the 11v11 size field.

  • Fitness with a Ball, Shooting 2

A session with high repetition of striking from distance, decision making, and creative attacking play. The fitness element comes from short burst of 100% effort between shots at goal. 2 goals are placed back to back, 20 yards areas either side for teams to play in. One team has a target player where upon winning the ball, the new team in possession must pass to the other grid finding their target player, and both teams must now sprint to either support or defend. Very little rest, challenging the recovery a player between soccer actions.

  • Fitness with a Ball, Technical Circuit

Designed to challenge the individual’s cardiovascular endurance, muscular endurance, and perform soccer specific techniques. A circuit developed to challenge passing and dribbling, alternating with sprint activities in a chase relay. Following the circuit there is a 4-minute run. A ball will stay in play for up to 3 minutes without rest during a game, 4 minutes pushes a player past this threshold, so they can compete for extended periods. Increased cardiovascular performance results in higher skill level as fatigue sets in.

  • Fitness with a Ball, Passing 2

Grid system of passing and following. 5-yard passes followed by bursts of acceleration and movement to support. This challenges the concentration of the player with so many moving parts while performing at a high intensity. The four pillars of development are always connected, this session perfectly challenging the technical, physical, and psychological pillar.

Join Us at Street Eats, 8/17

Tonight you will find us at the Fremont Street Eats, drop by to say hello, and take part in plenty of the fun games they have going on around the venue, and indulge in some great food offerings.

Week 3 Review

The following email contains information about the weeks practice. The email will outline the sessions that have been completed and what the players worked on. We have a player centric, proactive curriculum which ensures the players will cover all the necessary mechanics, skill work, and give players a chance to be decision makers and creative players. Through the long-term development from U8 to U19, the players will pass through different stages and priorities as outlined in the program welcome meeting.

While during practice the players will be given the tools they need, if an individual wants to push on with playing at a higher level and performing to the best of their ability, practicing at home will always give them that extra edge, and we can’t encourage enough for those with passion for the sports to practice in their own time. This also avoids unnecessary overtraining of structured practices continuously throughout the week.

ADP Training Pool, U8 and Competitive Ages

  • Small Sided Games, Free Play, Pre-Season.

Both sessions during this week were for Small Sided Games. A 3v3 to 4v4 format where players play the sport. Gaining game insight and intelligence while playing the sport in a pressure free environment

  • Agility, Balance, and Coordination.

A number of obstacle runs to challenge the players movements. As a circuit set up to incorporate soccer specific movements, and foot skills. There is still no better way for the young player to improve their soccer movement then playing in scrimmages to experience high repetition of actions and movement.

10’s to 07’s Competitive Teams

  • Dribbling

A practice to focus on the mechanics of dribbling, recognizing space to attack in front of the defender and behind the defender. The breakdown of mechanics includes keep the ball close, vary the surface of the foot, head up, change of pace, change of direction.

  • Dribbling Under Pressure

Dribbling with applied pressure to the attacker so they work on using both feet and positioning their body to get between the ball and the defender. Individual dribbling in space is a lot easier than having pressure applied by the space being taken away and physical contact being made by a defender.

  • Small Sided Games, Free Play, Pre-Season

Both sessions during this week were for Small Sided Games. A 3v3 to 4v4 format where players play the sport. Gaining game insight and intelligence while playing the sport in a pressure free environment

06’s to 04’

  • Fitness with a Ball, Passing

Working in groups of four with one ball per group, players release the ball in a pass to then sprint through a gate at the opposite end of the playing area. Upon returning to the playing area that player is again active to be involved in the passing and moving. Progressions involve having a defender from another group put pressure on the decision making of the players with a burpee forfeit for the team of three losing possession to the one defender. As always, a small sided game to finish with conditions to match that of the practice topic, passing. Numbers up game where players have three options to score, encouraging ball movement to switch points of attack to exploit space. Intensity of session continues to be high due to the numerical advantage of the team in possession.

  • Fitness with a Ball, Shooting

A timed practice in groups of four covering the full field. Team is given 10 seconds to score from the moment the GK releases the ball. Goal is only scored if strike is taken before the 10 seconds expires. All players must touch the ball. Progressions include gates for each player to pass through, condition of only scoring off a cross, and the target of scoring and then dropping back to the half way line within five seconds of the goal being scored/ attempt at goal being taken.

  • Small Sided Games, Free Play, Pre-Season.

Both sessions during this week were for Small Sided Games. A 3v3 to 4v4 format where players play the sport. Gaining game insight and intelligence while playing the sport in a pressure free environment

03’s and Older

  • Fitness with a Ball, Turning and Acceleration

The session works on the players reaction time and acceleration from being static. Faced against a partner the session progresses through several starts from straight forward calls, multidirectional calls with contradicting visual cues, and ball movement challenges to 1v1. This anaerobic challenge of hitting full speed as quickly as possible is achieved with greater success by the challenge of a second player to be the chaser. Competition greatly increases the speed of the athlete, rather than straight forward individual sprints.

  • Fitness with a Ball, Passing

Working in groups of four with one ball per group, players release the ball in a pass to then sprint through a gate at the opposite end of the playing area. Upon returning to the playing area that player is again active to be involved in the passing and moving. Progressions involve having a defender from another group put pressure on the decision making of the players with a burpee forfeit for the team of three losing possession to the one defender. As always, a small sided game to finish with conditions to match that of the practice topic, passing. Numbers up game where players have three options to score, encouraging ball movement to switch points of attack to exploit space. Intensity of session continues to be high due to the numerical advantage of the team in possession.

  • Fitness with a Ball, Shooting

A timed practice in groups of four covering the full field. Team is given 10 seconds to score from the moment the GK releases the ball. Goal is only scored if strike is taken before the 10 seconds expires. All players must touch the ball. Progressions include gates for each player to pass through, condition of only scoring off a cross, and the target of scoring and then dropping back to the half way line within five seconds of the goal being scored/ attempt at goal being taken.

Every session is structured to facilitate all four pillars of the players development, and to include challenges, targets, and competition to get players to push themselves further. We are a program that heavily focuses on the players individual development, and not to get caught up in the race for trophies and excessive travel to unnecessary tournaments. If you ever have any questions about the Fremont YSC philosophy, and the proactive curriculum, we are always available to answer.

Week 2 Review

The following contains information about the weeks practice. The email will outline the sessions that have been completed and what the players worked on. We have a player centric, proactive curriculum which ensures the players will cover all the necessary mechanics, skill work, and give players a chance to be decision makers and creative players. Through the long-term development from U8 to U19, the players will pass through different stages and priorities as outlined in the program welcome meeting.

While during practice the players will be given the tools they need, if an individual wants to push on with playing at a higher level and performing to the best of their ability, practicing at home will always give them that extra edge, and we can’t encourage enough for those with passion for the sports to practice in their own time. This also avoids unnecessary overtraining of structured practices continuously throughout the week.


ADP Training Pool, U8 and Competitive Ages

Small Sided Games, Free Play, Pre-Season.

  • Both sessions during this week were for Small Sided Games. A 3v3 to 4v4 format where players play the sport. Gaining game insight and intelligence while playing the sport in a pressure free environment

10’s to 07’s Competitive Teams

Small Sided Games, Free Play, Pre-Season.

  • Both sessions during this week were for Small Sided Games. A 3v3 to 4v4 format where players play the sport. Gaining game insight and intelligence while playing the sport in a pressure free environment

Skills Report.

  • During the season we take a record of the current level of certain skills. THIS IS NOT A TEST. We have set expectations of players to be able to perform at a certain level if they want to be at a higher level. This encourages the player to work away from practice on their individual skills. Not every player wants to be the best soccer player in the world, that is why this is not a test and for individuals to work towards if intrinsically motivated.

06’s to 04’s

Small Sided Games, Free Play, Pre-Season.

  • Both sessions during this week were for Small Sided Games. A 3v3 to 4v4 format where players play the sport. Gaining game insight and intelligence while playing the sport in a pressure free environment.

Skills Report.

  • During the season we take a record of the current level of certain skills. THIS IS NOT A TEST. We have set expectations of players to be able to perform at a certain level if they want to be at a higher level. This encourages the player to work away from practice on their individual skills. Not every player wants to be the best soccer player in the world, that is why this is not a test and for individuals to work towards if intrinsically motivated.

03’s and Older

Fitness with a Ball, Shooting 2

  • A session with high repetition of striking from distance, decision making, and creative attacking play. The fitness element comes from short burst of 100% effort between shots at goal. 2 goals are placed back to back, 20 yards areas either side for teams to play in. One team has a target player where upon winning the ball, the new team in possession must pass to the other grid finding their target player, and both teams must now sprint to either support or defend. Vety little rest, challenging the recovery a player between soccer actions.

Fitness with a Ball, Technical Circuit

  • Designed to challenge the individuals cardiovascular endurance, muscular endurance, and perform soccer specific techniques. A circuit developed to challenge passing and dribbling, alternating with sprint activities in a chase relay. Following the circuit there is a 4 minute run. A ball will stay in play for up to 3 minutes without rest during a game, 4 minutes pushes a player past this threshold so they can compete for extended periods. Increased cardiovascular performance results in higher skiill level as fatigue sets in.

Fitness with a Ball, Passing 2

  • Grid system of passing and following. 5 yard passes followed by bursts of acceleration and movement to support. This challenges the concentration of the player with so many moving parts while performing at a high intensity. The four pillars of development are always connected, this session perfectly challenging the technical, physical, and psychological pillar.

Every session is structured to facilitate all four pillars of the players development, and to include challenges, targets, and competition to get players to push themselves further. We are a program that heavily focuses on the players individual development, and not to get caught up in the race for trophies and excessive travel to unnecessary tournaments. If you ever have any questions about the Fremont YSC philosophy, and the proactive curriculum, we are always available to answer.