Veteran’s Day

During this period of division and hostility towards each others personal beliefs, it is important we take the time and remember the importance of Veterans Day, for those who lost their lives in war to allow us to live in peace, and to focus on working together to allow the peaceful time to continue in to the future.

Congratulations Paige Pineda

Congratulations to Paige Pineda from our 05GB team for being named to Cal North’s Olympic Development Program (ODP) Player Pool. Paige first started playing in our recreational program at the age of 6yrs old and has since followed our Long Term Development Pathway. Paige has been part of Fremont YSC’s 05GB team since the age of 8yrs old and has continued to work hard on and off the field.

Not only is Paige an excellent team participant, Paige is also a great club member, and volunteers her time with the newest Fremont YSC players in the U4 to U6 program, and during the summer with our summer camps.

Well done Paige!

Week 14 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 over-training of structured practices continuously throughout the week.


ADP Training Pool, U8 and Competitive Ages

  • Dribbling 1

Each player with a ball, maximizing the number of contacts made with the ball in challenges and competitions among the playing group. With different playing areas to encourage the player to move between dribbling and running with the ball, based on spacial awareness, players run around outside gates and back in to a smaller and more congested area, performing an individual skill. As players progress, the demands of the practice change as opposition is added to create a game like situation of being in the 1v1 situation. Within the scrimmaging to finish the practice, conditions are created to provide the target of dribbling through a gate to encourage the topic.

  • Small Sided Games, Free Play

Free play is vitally important, and more of this is needed in youth sports. https://www.soccertoday.com/platini-soaf-let-youth-players-be-kids-they-are-not-pros-yet/ This gives empowerment to the individual player to perform with creative actions and to use the game situation to problem solve, not relying on the instructions from external sources outside of the games context.


11’s to 08’s Competitive Teams

  • Running with the Ball

Players differentiate between the spaces available on the field, taking information from the game situation as to know when to dribble and when to run with the ball. Amount of playing space available affects the players decision, and changes the technique in possession when advancing in to open spaces. Number of opposition in advanced areas of the field adds an extra stimuli to the player to solve the problem of whether spaces are available, or the player is running in to a trap set by opposition organization.

  • SSG 1

A game with multiple scoring options. Small sided games allows for the player to be in a game situation, while experiencing different game scenarios through the constraints and conditions placed on the game. This optimizes the players cognitive and socio-affective structure.

  • Thursdays Free Play

Free play is vitally important, and more of this is needed in youth sports. https://www.soccertoday.com/platini-soaf-let-youth-players-be-kids-they-are-not-pros-yet/ This gives empowerment to the individual player to perform with creative actions and to use the game situation to problem solve, not relying on the instructions from external sources outside of the games context.


07’s to 05’s

  • Passing Between the Units

Players warm up using a rondo to optimize their concepts of using both feet, and early body movement and positioning. Penetration through passing, using the pass to communicate with players on the direction and speed of play.  Important role for the 2nd attacker with their movement and distance of support to get in to seams and position between the defensive units. All players constantly checking their shoulder to see where the next pass will be played before receiving the ball. Body movement and position to have hips open to the field.

  • Attacking with MF 3 and Spare Player

Continuation of the concepts optimized in the 1st session of the week, with a positional game 4v3 + 1, with the 1 central player moving to get in to passing channels in a confined space. Outside players moving to provide the passing channel out of the central position and to achieve triangulation with players in mutual spaces. In a function the CF becomes the spare player in an advanced position, while the CM’s aim to created spaces through passive movements and finding 2v1 situations. Player possessing the ball, looks early to recognize player movements, to pass the ball in to supporting players in spaces or in to players occupying an opponent to create the 2v1 situation.

  • Thursdays Free Play

Free play is vitally important, and more of this is needed in youth sports. https://www.soccertoday.com/platini-soaf-let-youth-players-be-kids-they-are-not-pros-yet/ This gives empowerment to the individual player to perform with creative actions and to use the game situation to problem solve, not relying on the instructions from external sources outside of the games context.


04’s and Older

  • Physiological Conditioning – Injury Prevention & Core Activation

A circuit of exercises to engage the core through hip hinge movements, and glute activation. A low intensity and low impact session for recovery purposes and re-entry in to the week of practice. A significant amount of time allotted to stretching, loosening up the posterior chain, and hip-flexor muscles.

04 and 02 age groups practice small sided rondos, in a low impact session for managing intensity following the weekend games.

  • Using Spare Player in a MF Diamond

A multi-directional game where the diamond is created in the 4-3-3 from the striker withdrawing in to the MF line, creating the diamond. Rondos and positional games to introduce the concepts of attacking with a MF 3 and withdrawn striker. MF players start by creating the spare player from movement off the ball, either passive movement in to open spaces, or moving in to a defender and using 1-2 quick passes with the possessor to create the 2v1 situation and spaces for the player in possession. The withdrawn striker creates the point of the MF 4 between the MF and DF lines of the opposition. The objective is to pull a CB out of position creating spaces in the central area of the field for 3rd man runners to gain forward momentum in to the open spaces created.

  • Attacking with 2 CM’s and a Withdrawn Striker (some teams participated in scrimmages or small sided games with the upcoming weekend break away from games).

Continuation of the concept of a withdrawn striker to provide number up situation in attacking areas, and specifically Zone C in to D. Movement from the 2 CM’ in support of the CF, where near CM supports behind the passing pathway to create triangulation with LF and CDM, while weak sided CM advances beyond the CF with passive movements in anticipation of the pass being played in behind the opponents defensive line.


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.

Breakdown of mechanics in technique – https://www.fremontyouthsoccer.com/technical-tactical/

Week 13 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 over-training of structured practices continuously throughout the week.


ADP Training Pool, U8 and Competitive Ages

  • Shooting 2

The session provides a large amount of contact with the ball, where an individual session based around shooting is created. The player has a specific area to dribble in, and upon the call of the coach must break through in to the attacking area and strike at goal. The priority is the fundamental of striking the ball, working on the breakdown of the kick, while placed in to a game realistic situation of a moving ball and space behind and in front of the player. Depending on the rate at which players show progress, the session can be progressed to include defenders, time constraints, and challenges, to add to the skill acquisition of the isolated technique.

  • Small Sided Games, Free Play

Free play is vitally important, and more of this is needed in youth sports. https://www.soccertoday.com/platini-soaf-let-youth-players-be-kids-they-are-not-pros-yet/ This gives empowerment to the individual player to perform with creative actions and to use the game situation to problem solve, not relying on the instructions from external sources outside of the games context.


11’s to 08’s Competitive Teams

  • Pressure as 1st Defender

In a 1v1 situation, the player defending works on the approach to engage with the attacker in possession of the ball. Players are taught how to press by the speed of approach, the body shape on approach, and the adjustment to slowing down to affect the possessors space in possession of the ball. As players get older or have a greater understanding, the introduction of a second attacker changes the situation where the defender must now press at an angle and change body positioning based on the spaces.

  • Player Movement and Body Shape

A possession session where players movement and body positioning adjusts depending on the position and direction of the ball, and supporting players. At younger age or level of ability, the priority is to get player adjusting body shape to open their body to the field on their first touch for a positive touch in to space. As players develop, the player movement of disguising the pass, moving in to the pass and allowing it to roll, and movement to see as much of the field as possible to take in as much useful information as the player can.

  • Thursdays Free Play

Free play is vitally important, and more of this is needed in youth sports. https://www.soccertoday.com/platini-soaf-let-youth-players-be-kids-they-are-not-pros-yet/ This gives empowerment to the individual player to perform with creative actions and to use the game situation to problem solve, not relying on the instructions from external sources outside of the games context.


07’s to 05’s (Monday was a rest day, the following breakdown is for the session the coaches chose to run)

  • Pressure as 1st Defender

In a 1v1 situation, the player defending works on the approach to engage with the attacker in possession of the ball. Players are taught how to press by the speed of approach, the body shape on approach, and the adjustment to slowing down to affect the possessors space in possession of the ball. Progressing this from younger age groups, the defender is given an area to defend, therefore the angle of approach must be considered. Such stimuli included, the opponents preferred foot, pitch geography to use a touchline as an addition defender, area of the field giving up space. The target was to prevent spaces behind the defender getting exposed and to start o learn how to affect the oppositions play.

  • Defending with a MF 3

A functional session where protecting the space between MF line and DF line was the objective, and depending on the rate of learning, introducing the added problem of teams switching the point of attack. MF defended zonally in a flat 3, where depending on the receivers position the player must decide on whether to force them outside to cut the size of the field the opposition play in, or force them in to an rea in the middle of the field with high pressure from supporting defenders. Relationship with DF is key with knowing when to push up higher in to Zone B, or to sit back and stay organized at the playing line between Zone A and B.

  • Thursdays Free Play

Free play is vitally important, and more of this is needed in youth sports. https://www.soccertoday.com/platini-soaf-let-youth-players-be-kids-they-are-not-pros-yet/ This gives empowerment to the individual player to perform with creative actions and to use the game situation to problem solve, not relying on the instructions from external sources outside of the games context.


04’s and Older

  • Physiological Conditioning – Injury Prevention & Core Activation

A circuit of exercises to engage the core through hip hinge movements, and glute activation. A low intensity and low impact session for recovery purposes and re-entry in to the week of practice. A significant amount of time allotted to stretching, loosening up the posterior chain, and hip-flexor muscles.

04 and 02 age groups practice small sided rondos, in a low impact session for managing intensity following the weekend games.

  • Attacking with a MF diamond.

A multi-directional game where the diamond is created in the 4-3-3 from the striker withdrawing in to the MF line, creating the diamond. Rondos and positional games to introduce the concepts of attacking with a MF 3 and withdrawn striker. MF players start by creating the spare player from movement off the ball, either passive movement in to open spaces, or moving in to a defender and using 1-2 quick passes with the possessor to create the 2v1 situation and spaces for the player in possession. The withdrawn striker creates the point of the MF 4 between the MF and DF lines of the opposition. The objective is to pull a CB out of position creating spaces in the central area of the field for 3rd man runners to gain forward momentum in to the open spaces created.

  • Playing Centrally Through a MF 3

A change in coaching methodology from the session earlier in the week. A drill is used to have all players in positions on the field, creating the realism of the game scenario, different to the American interpretation of a ‘drill’. Objective of the practice was to attack through the central channels and utilizing the CF to create the spaces in advanced positions, or as an advanced pivot to switch the point of attack as a solution to the oppositions organization remaining compact and central.


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.

Breakdown of mechanics in technique – https://www.fremontyouthsoccer.com/technical-tactical/

Developing the Game

Great to see this weekend a full female youth crew officiating the U10 Boys Competitive game.

This is a great example of everything that can be so good for the game when allowed to happen.

More females involved in the great game, youth referee’s being part of the game day experience, developing their knowledge and understanding of the game showing excellent discipline and leadership, and the youth player doing what they enjoy the most, playing!

National Coaches Day

We would like to take the opportunity to thank and appreciate all the effort made not only by the coaches throughout the Competitive and Recreational program, but also to all the managers and volunteers who make the youth organization possible.

Adults have a huge impact on youth players, no matter what the role. From decisions at a board level, to the daily social interaction of coaches and managers.

President Richard Nixon signs a proclamation declaring October 6 as National Coaches Day. It states: “Coaches are highly qualified teachers—in highly specialized fields. But more than that, they are friends and counselors who help instill in their players important attitudes that will serve them all their lives.”


Thank you to those who have shown their appreciation with the following kind words –

Dear Fremont YSC coaches, managers and staff,
Thank you all for the hard work throughout the past year. My kids have enjoyed working with you and they have benefited a great deal from your effort. We as parents have also seen the thoughtfulness you put in your work the first hand. You have helped to make the Fremont community better.

Jing Wang

A big heartfelt thank you for all the hard work and effort all the coaches put into their teams. You can really see how much they all care about their teams and the players’ development. Also a big thanks to all the Fremont YSC support staff too! Without them, none of this would be possible!

Kim Khoury

Week 11 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 over-training of structured practices continuously throughout the week.


ADP Training Pool, U8 and Competitive Ages (Monday was a rest day, the following breakdown is for the session the coaches chose to run)

  • Dribbling 2

Technical session focusing on the mechanical breakdown of dribbling the ball. First activity is to give the player a high repetition of actions in an area with no pressure, other than the awareness of other players also in possession of the ball. Player recognizes spaces to move in to and occupy. Transitioning to skill involves the players now having 2 opposition players in their area, attempting to gain possession of the ball. Upon gaining possession, the player now dribbles back to their own teams playing area. Players recognize when to dribble and when to run with the ball to space, along with the need for ball manipulation in reduced spaces from an opposition player.

  • Small Sided Games, Free Play

Free play is vitally important, and more of this is needed in youth sports. https://www.soccertoday.com/platini-soaf-let-youth-players-be-kids-they-are-not-pros-yet/ This gives empowerment to the individual player to perform with creative actions and to use the game situation to problem solve, not relying on the instructions from external sources outside of the games context.


11’s to 08’s Competitive Teams (Monday was a rest day, the following breakdown is for the session the coaches chose to run)

  • Dribbling Under Pressure

Individuals dribble under the physical pressure applied from an opposition player. To transition the technique of dribbling and manipulation in to a game realistic skill, players are put in to a situation where the optimize their ability to play with both feet, be strong in possession of the ball, and balanced.  Players recognize the need to adjust their body to get between the opponent and the ball, and to adjust this position dependent on the direction of pressure applied by the opponent.

  • SSG 1

A game with multiple scoring options. Small sided games allows for the player to be in a game situation, while experiencing different game scenarios through the constraints and conditions placed on the game. This optimizes the players cognitive and socio-affective structure.

  • Thursdays Free Play

Free play is vitally important, and more of this is needed in youth sports. https://www.soccertoday.com/platini-soaf-let-youth-players-be-kids-they-are-not-pros-yet/ This gives empowerment to the individual player to perform with creative actions and to use the game situation to problem solve, not relying on the instructions from external sources outside of the games context.


07’s to 05’s (Monday was a rest day, the following breakdown is for the session the coaches chose to run)

  • Dribbling Under Pressure

A small sided game where players are challenged to make decisions quickly while under the pressure of an opponent from multiple angles and under different scenarios. While starting with a ball each, as opponents recover possession of the ball and place the ball out of the playing area, attackers must now support those still in possession of their ball. This forces players to recognize danger, and also provide supporting angles best to receive the ball in open spaces. Decision making and problem solving is in an individual and group context.

  • Changing the Point of Attack

A rondo played in a 3v3 + 2, positioned to where the 3 players are lateral through the wide playing area. Upon regaining possession the ball, the 3 players recognize the spaces and position themselves accordingly to switch the ball from one side of the playing area to the other. The 2 neutral players are used for support ahead of and behind the ball. Concepts worked on include quick short passes to disrupt organization of opposition, triangulation of support, and communication through player and ball movements. A positional game takes place to replicate the game scenario of knowing when and how to switch the point of attack from one flank to the other.

  • Thursdays Free Play

Free play is vitally important, and more of this is needed in youth sports. https://www.soccertoday.com/platini-soaf-let-youth-players-be-kids-they-are-not-pros-yet/ This gives empowerment to the individual player to perform with creative actions and to use the game situation to problem solve, not relying on the instructions from external sources outside of the games context.


04’s and Older

  • Physiological Conditioning – Injury Prevention & Core Activation

A circuit of exercises to engage the core through hip hinge movements, and glute activation. A low intensity and low impact session for recovery purposes and re-entry in to the week of practice. A significant amount of time allotted to stretching, loosening up the posterior chain, and hip-flexor muscles.

04 and 02 age groups practice small sided rondos, in a low impact session for managing intensity following the weekend games.

  • Attacking with a MF 3

Rondos and positional games to introduce the concepts of attacking with a MF 3. Objectives included connecting the attack and defense through MF, and playing between the lines. Roles of the MF was to support the ball out from the defensive line, and to support the attack with 3rd man runs. Concepts included triangulation of support to open up multiple passing channels and provide multiple options for the possessor of the ball. Conditions placed on the practice to replicate the game situation and to put the players in to different scenarios where they encounter new problems, and need to find the solutions in real time on the field.

  • Attacking with a Front 3

Positional game with a front 3, and supporting MF 3. Opponents are put in to formations and given instructions to create problems for the attackers. Solutions are provided with multiple different solutions depending on the oppositions reaction to the attack. CF movement is utilized to create spaces on the opponents defensive line, for the 3rd man runs from MF to take advantage of the unoccupied spaces. Weak sided forwards roll in centrally to provide numbers in attack in zone D, while FB progress to take the created space in the wide channel to provide width in attack.


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.

Breakdown of mechanics in technique – https://www.fremontyouthsoccer.com/technical-tactical/

Week 8 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 over-training of structured practices continuously throughout the week.


ADP Training Pool, U8 and Competitive Ages

  • Shooting 1

Technical activity to start the session, static activity with high repetition for the initiation stage of the players development. Players strike towards each other looking for accuracy of their strike, and finding the players preferred technical mechanics in their body movement. Adding to the technique, players now move within the grid before striking at one of multiple goals, placing the individual player in to a situation or striking in a different situation every time to work on the coordination structure.

  • Small Sided Games, Free Play

Free play is vitally important, and more of this is needed in youth sports. https://www.soccertoday.com/platini-soaf-let-youth-players-be-kids-they-are-not-pros-yet/ This gives empowerment to the individual player to perform with creative actions and to use the game situation to problem solve, not relying on the instructions from external sources outside of the games context.


11’s to 08’s Competitive Teams

  • Passing between the Units

Penetration through passing, using the pass to communicate with players on the direction and speed of play.  Important role for the 2nd attacker with their movement and distance of support to get in to seams and position between the defensive units. All players constantly checking their shoulder to see where the next pass will be played before receiving the ball. Body movement and position to have hips open to the field.

  • SSG 1

A game with multiple scoring options. Small sided games allows for the player to be in a game situation, while experiencing different game scenarios through the constraints and conditions placed on the game. This optimizes the players cognitive and socio-affective structure.

  • Thursdays Free Play

Free play is vitally important, and more of this is needed in youth sports. https://www.soccertoday.com/platini-soaf-let-youth-players-be-kids-they-are-not-pros-yet/ This gives empowerment to the individual player to perform with creative actions and to use the game situation to problem solve, not relying on the instructions from external sources outside of the games context.


07’s to 05’s

  • Dribbling to Possess

A small sided game where players are challenged to make decisions quickly while under the pressure of an opponent from multiple angles and under different scenarios. While starting with a ball each, as opponents recover possession of the ball and place the ball out of the playing area, attackers must now support those still in possession of their ball. This forces players to recognize danger, and also provide supporting angles best to receive the ball in open spaces. Decision making and problem solving is in an individual and group context.

  • Attacking with a MF 3 and a Withdrawn Striker

Positional possession game to begin to introduce the objectives of the session, with players in game situations from the dimensions and numbers within the game to understand the game concept. A drill follows where players are in the game situation of finding the striker in a withdrawn position, dropping deep in to the onside space between MF and DF units of opponents. Players recognize channels to play in to depending on the movement of opposition players from the ball movement and off the ball movement of supporting players.

  • Thursdays Free Play

Free play is vitally important, and more of this is needed in youth sports. https://www.soccertoday.com/platini-soaf-let-youth-players-be-kids-they-are-not-pros-yet/ This gives empowerment to the individual player to perform with creative actions and to use the game situation to problem solve, not relying on the instructions from external sources outside of the games context.


04’s and Older

  • Physiological Conditioning – Injury Prevention & Core Activation

A circuit of exercises to engage the core through hip hinge movements, and glute activation. A low intensity and low impact session for recovery purposes and re-entry in to the week of practice. A significant amount of time allotted to stretching, loosening up the posterior chain, and hip-flexor muscles.

04 and 02 age groups practice small sided rondos, in a low impact session for managing intensity following the weekend games.

  • Playing out of the Back

Rondos and positional games to introduce the concepts of the playing style to the players. Cognitive and socio-affective structures of the players optimized, while game concepts of player mobility to open up passing channels and mutual assistance spaces to safely play from defensive areas, and utilizing short and long passes to play out of high pressure areas.

  • Build Up Play with a Goalkeeper and Back 4

Continuation of the concepts worked on in the early session of the week. Session starts with a positional game to reinforce the concepts and playing style, then progressing to a drill for high repetition and variability of the playing out of the back situation. Conditions are applied to the opponents to ensure that when they regain possession,  there is a quick turnover in possession so the objective of the session can remain the focus and be repeated. Player recognition of open channels within the playing field to attack forward at the earliest opportunity and to transition from Zone A to B safely without giving away possession of the ball.


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.

Breakdown of mechanics in technique – https://www.fremontyouthsoccer.com/technical-tactical/

Games are Coming!

We are just a day away from the start of the Fall season, we are now at a time that is equivalent to waiting inline for a roller-coaster ride!

Before we get stuck in to the playing of the games it is important that we cover some very important issues, making sure we are all pulling in the same direction, expectations are managed, and we make sure the experience is about the youth player and not the adult.

The focus must remain on the individual player, the progress and development primarily with the ball at their feet, the comfort to be in possession of the ball, and the willingness to try and at times ultimately fail. Youth soccer (not adult), is an individual sport within a team context.


As soon as we lose sight of the big picture and only focus on the scoreline, it is the child that misses out, and the adults take over. Here are a few important factors to keep in mind.

A Good Coach Does Not Joystick

Joy-sticking is killing the game, stifling youth development, and wrecking the interpretation of what a good coach is.

Joy-sticking is the constant shouting of instruction at the player. While shouting at the player so they make your decision from the sideline on the field, the worst of all joy-sticking is when giving instructions to the player in possession of the ball. The kids are not mini-PlayStation’s living out FIFA in real life. This is not coaching.  A good coach will be looking away from the ball, providing guidance to players and not telling them what to do, but providing information to help them find the answer.

Here is a great article to help understand what joy-sticking is – https://www.stack.com/a/what-is-joysticking-the-coaching-tactic-killing-youth-sports?fbclid=IwAR2dgs-CuL6oRLZPBFyy1dpIsDWsup35ak-5IAS9AOXtse_NEFXNFbICyJ8

Shouting at players is not coaching

Shouting at players is sadly a cultural thing, which for so long has been the benchmark of what is a good coach. The louder and more often the coach shouts, the better that coach must be. This is so painfully wrong.

When we put this in to context, we have an adult shouting at a child while they are playing, and trying to learn, when we break it down to this it’s easier to see why it is so inappropriate. If another child was to shout at a child like this while playing we would consider it bullying, so why is it O.K. for a ‘coach’ to do this. There is a huge dropout rate at 14 years old of youths playing sports, from pressure and abusive adults. Changing the Game Project highlights why this form of coaching is so toxic – https://changingthegameproject.com/abusive-coaching-tolerated-sports/?fbclid=IwAR3YFbXwpaPSzUPD9XDYO74GfLq5D6tWh1kv09IhyNelI6QZyUevcJLrBUc

Silent Sideline

We ask that parents remain silent on the touchline. We understand you are passionate about your child, we completely get that, and there is nothing wrong with clapping. However, instructions being shouted on are definitely not tolerated, as this has a negative affect on the players development. A player is learning to observe and interpret their surroundings within the game, and not take instructions from sidelines. Its the process of looking, observing, interpretation, decision making, then action, that develops the fast player. A parent or coach shouting on to the field does not benefit the player, and in fact hinders the player.

The modern element of pedagogical communication is for the coach to be the facilitator of learning, and the not the ‘doer’. The coach must refrain from being the protagonist of an action, and is is even more important for the parent to understand, and therefore be supportive from the sidelines without the influence of decision making.

Psychological Development is an Important Pillar

More and more we are hearing about retired professional players suffering from mental illness. This is the result of their career as an elite professional, and the experience of the old ‘hair dryer’ treatment they would receive from coaches. As research and coach education has developed over the recent years our understanding of player psychology has taken on a greater role. When we put this into the perspective of youths playing sports, the more we reflect the adult game on to children the more damage we are doing. The following is a great little clip from TalkSport where there is an example of an older coach still not considering the impact a coach has on the mental health of a player.

TalkSport – Bullying

 

Week 6 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 over-training of structured practices continuously throughout the week.


ADP Training Pool, U8 and Competitive Ages

  • Dribbling 1

Technical session working on the mechanical breakdown of the player in possession of the ball, traveling with the ball at their feet. Multi-directional with changes of speed, helps the players conditional, coordination, and cognitive structure. Conditions and challenges are added to the practice to increase intensity of the exercise, in speed of thought and action, with opposition added later in the practice for skill acquisition. Small sided games at the end of the practice with conditions for a high repetition in dribbling during a game context.

  • 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


11’s to 08’s Competitive Teams

  • Dribbling 1

Technical session working on the mechanical breakdown of the player in possession of the ball, traveling with the ball at their feet. Multi-directional with changes of speed, helps the players conditional, coordination, and cognitive structure. Conditions and challenges are added to the practice to increase intensity of the exercise, in speed of thought and action, with opposition added later in the practice for skill acquisition. Small sided games at the end of the practice with conditions for a high repetition in dribbling during a game context.

  • SSG 2

Small sided games gives the player the game insight and knowledge from a micro scale of the full 11v11 model. Players have to utilize space, recognize pressure from opposition, and develop communication throughout the team to achieve a set target. The small sided game is a possession based game in a numbers up situation of 4v3, with a target of splitting the area occupied by the 4th defender.

  • Thursdays Free Play

Free play is vitally important, and more of this is needed in youth sports. https://www.soccertoday.com/platini-soaf-let-youth-players-be-kids-they-are-not-pros-yet/ This gives empowerment to the individual player to perform with creative actions and to use the game situation to problem solve, not relying on the instructions from external sources outside of the games context.


07’s to 05’s

  • Physiological Conditioning – Agility

A fun in competition against other individual players from 3 other teams. A slalom sprint leads the player in to a small playing area, where the first player to enter collects a pinnie and becomes the ‘tagger’. The 3 remaining players must avoid getting tagged. The second set then includes the ball, where players are in a 1v1 situation with the defender. All sets and reps are adjusted for the age group, and repetitions are times to allow for rest periods.

  • Pre-Season Scrimmage

The majority of teams participate in scrimmages against other Fremont YSC teams, to further physiologically prepare for the upcoming seasons games. Playing periods are gradually extended over the weeks to increase the workload placed upon the players to reach a game realistic duration of play, while also taking in to consideration the practice cycle throughout the week. Depending on age the game periods were adjusted, and rotation made between the playing teams. While fitness is the main objective of the pre-season game, this also give teams the opportunity to optimize game insight and communication in a playing context.

  • Thursdays Free Play

Free play is vitally important, and more of this is needed in youth sports. https://www.soccertoday.com/platini-soaf-let-youth-players-be-kids-they-are-not-pros-yet/ This gives empowerment to the individual player to perform with creative actions and to use the game situation to problem solve, not relying on the instructions from external sources outside of the games context.


04’s and Older

  • Physiological Conditioning – Agility

A fun in competition against other individual players from 3 other teams. A slalom sprint leads the player in to a small playing area, where the first player to enter collects a pinnie and becomes the ‘tagger’. The 3 remaining players must avoid getting tagged. The second set then includes the ball, where players are in a 1v1 situation with the defender. All sets and reps are adjusted for the age group, and repetitions are times to allow for rest periods.

  • Pre-Season Scrimmage

The majority of teams participate in scrimmages against other Fremont YSC teams, to further physiologically prepare for the upcoming seasons games. Playing periods are gradually extended over the weeks to increase the workload placed upon the players to reach a game realistic duration of play, while also taking in to consideration the practice cycle throughout the week. Depending on age the game periods were adjusted, and rotation made between the playing teams. While fitness is the main objective of the pre-season game, this also give teams the opportunity to optimize game insight and communication in a playing context.

  • Pre-Season Scrimmage

The majority of teams participate in scrimmages against other Fremont YSC teams, to further physiologically prepare for the upcoming seasons games. Playing periods are gradually extended over the weeks to increase the workload placed upon the players to reach a game realistic duration of play, while also taking in to consideration the practice cycle throughout the week. Depending on age the game periods were adjusted, and rotation made between the playing teams. While fitness is the main objective of the pre-season game, this also give teams the opportunity to optimize game insight and communication in a playing context.


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.

Breakdown of mechanics in technique – https://www.fremontyouthsoccer.com/technical-tactical/