Fremont’s Long Term Development Plan sees the whole picture in youth sports development. Youth players need to have the freedom to play, the open mindset to learn and develop, and the passion to love the game.
Successful programs have a well-defined organizational structure, and playing programs run using the most up to date research in youth development and soccer coaching methodology.
All players are separated by age group following the 2016 USSF mandates of birth year registrations, i.e. Born 2008. The next step is to place all players in playing groups of similar ability, this allows the individual player to participate in a group where they can be challenged, experience mistakes and errors in performance to learn from, and to be able to find success.
Focus on Development
The long-term development plan identifies five areas for player development – technical, tactical, social, psychological and physical. The overall development of a player creates the 360 player. The coaching curriculum from U4 to U19 follows progressions on the importance of each stage of development, from more importance placed on motor skill and social development, through technical work in the middle ages, and tactical practices at the older ages and later stages of development.
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Amount of Practice
10,000 hours has been the golden target for reaching elite performance, roughly 3 hours a day for 10 years. However, while greater exposure to practice does help increase the rate of development, more importantly is the quality of practice. Practice will make permanent, with repetition thickening the myelin sheath of the nerve cells, the process of increasing the message from the brain to the action movements.
Quality is far better than quantity, excessive tournament play, and vast amounts of fitness without a ball is detrimental to the player and increases the incidence of injury.
Fremont Player Development Pathway