Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Developing Skill Before Wins

One thing that we, here at SoccerTee, put first and foremost is the need of all players to strive for developing skills before the desire to win. This is detrimental to the ability of the player as they grow in the competitive playing world.
Through this article, Development first, winning second. How some youth coaches stunt player growth, we see many pros and cons how we should coach our young players and grow them into ball players that are skill enticed and win due to their fundamentals.
One of the most tragic things we can do to young players is push them beyond their limits at young ages and force winning upon them therefore when they are of age when the competition becomes real and means something then they have already lost their interest. It needs to be known in the coaching realm and even among parents in this society and culture that at such young ages it is perfectly fine for your players to

Friday, January 6, 2017

One Step at a Time

The idea is to take things one step at a time and slowly grow on each bit of information we teach our players.

In a recent article on SoccerNation called, An Ocean Will Drown a Seed, there were points made that greatly align with our SoccerTee values.

In this article, the author discusses how we as coaches cannot overwhelm our players with “oceans” of information for then we are just setting them up for more stress, anxiety, confusion, pressure, and failure. The idea is to take things one step at a time and slowly grow on each bit of information we teach our players. When we teach them one skill and then continue to grow on top of that, then you are letting them master one thing at a time and not forcing them to become an expert all at once.

The area that we believe us as coaches and parents struggle with the most is that we have all this built-up knowledge that we so desperately want to share to these eager players so we want to give them all of it at once because we are excited. But we must remember that in doing so t

Friday, November 25, 2016

12 Things To Thank Your Soccer Mom For

family in a parkAs Thanksgiving rolls in we cannot forget the people in our lives who make every possible. Our soccer moms are super heroes with Gatorades and advil in their purses always.  These women have been the chauffeurs to games, confidants when angry, and a shoulder to cry on when things did not go the way you planned. Through the horrendous practices and nail bitter games these women has been there through it all. Do not forget to give your soccer mom a hug and tell her how much you appreciate all she does. Here are a few things you can be thanking your soccer mom for:

  1. Always making sure my jersey is clean and ready to go before a game
  2. Hurrying to give me my jersey, or my cleats, or my shin guards when I left them at home before my game
  3. Always having advil
  4. Listening to me complain the whole ride home and at dinner if we lost
  5. Telling me I played goo
Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Why Are Our Kids Growing Up So Fast and Missing Out On the Enjoyment of Sports?

Our kids are only young once. Let us not miss out on these precious opportunities to watch them play the game they love.

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 “We have all been witnessing the atmosphere during any soccer game: that is to win at any price, where the players are subjected to both coaches screaming orders and parents trying to tell them what to do, using strong words when the ball is not in the opponents’ net.

I often felt uncomfortable witnessing such situations. I felt bad, thinking of the child or young adult who experience such humiliation in front of his peers and parents. Whatever skill and understanding of the game he has acquired is drowned in a sea of criticism. He cannot think and give a swift decision in his moves, he retracts to himself thinking that he has failed and to him the game is not fun anymore.

We have to accept that first of all, in youth soccer competition, winning should not be the primary goal. Learning the proper skills and basics in detail are the principal tools the p

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

5 Tips On How to Be Supportive Parents On and Off The Field

How we can be parents who support, encourage, correct, and set an example for our kids to follow.

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As parents and parent coaches we are to set the example for how our athletes will behave on and off the field. From the time children are little they are watching you and how you act, respond to conflict, and treat others. We might not think they understand, but they will do what you do. This is a big issue when it comes to any sports. If we are the loud mouth, obnoxious, critical, vulgar parent in the stands or on the sidelines then that is the path our children will follow. Here are five ways we can set good examples for our children even at young ages:

  1. Encourage more than criticize

As our kids get older and into more competitive sports the amount of criticism increases rapidly. Soon the sport that they love become a job. This is where we notice that our child is receiving criticism from all angles like their coaches, clinics they att

Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Most Important Soccer Skills – Why We Agree!

Why players at a young age should learn these important skills that will shape the way they play the game for the rest of their lives.

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We support Kevin Duy’s article on “The Most Important Soccer Skill for Kids to Develop.”

Duy makes the claim that by teaching the skill of kicking the ball with both feet to young players there will then be a less likely chance for them to develop a strong foot. This in turn provides a young soccer player the ability to use both feet equally whether it be for shooting or passing. Duy then goes on to say, and SoccerTee agrees with this, that he cannot count the number of times he has seen kids with a wide open shot miss the chance to score, because the ball came to their weak side and they were forced to take the shot with their weaker foot.

We also agree with Duy, that the time window to introduce the training of to kick with both feet needs to be early in th

Friday, August 5, 2016

Soccer in the US vs. Other Countries

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In recent conversations, a friend of SoccerTee’s made a valid point. He stated that in the United States, when our children are old enough to raise their head we put something in their hands whether that be a ball, a phone, food, or just something to keep them occupied. When in other countries at a very young age children are told to focus on their feet. A soccer ball is one of the first things they ever know. That is a lifestyle for many kids in other countries, but why is soccer something that is put on the back burner here in the states?

In the United States, children at early ages are being forced into competitive leagues, skills sessions, conditioning classes, and training sessions. Forcing our children into these environments is becoming detrimental to their desire and love for the game. When we look at other countries, not all, but some, we see that in the early years’ children are dribbling a soccer ball just for fun and pure entertainment, then their love for the game gradually grows. Here in the United States, soccer is one of the first sports children are introduced to, but it is usually used as a buffer to get kids active and moving until they are old enough to enjoy the “real” sport they are wanting to play.

Another reason why soccer is put on the back burner here in th

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

DROPPING OUT: WHY OUR KIDS ARE LEAVING SPORTS EARLY

And You May Not Realize The Problem May Be You

Why are so many of our kids leaving the sports we love and played as children? A recent study conducted by ESPN magazine, 2013 listed the number 1 reason why student athletes quit a team sport is largely due to the reason of “I was not having fun.”

Let us examine this as it relates to the sport of soccer. In youth soccer leagues across America we read about how coaches and parents are caught up in winning games as the priority over all other intended benefits of youth soccer for both the family and the soccer players on the team.

An article written by Scott Pugh in the Deseret News in June 2015 discusses this issue and gives credit to many of the ideas and content being derived from the work of Paul Mairs and Richard Shaw in their essential book, “Coaching Outside the Box.” This series was originally published on the Philly Soccer Page.

When it comes to youth soccer clubs, ask yourself this question:

Is the primary focus on what the club can do for the young player, or what the young player can do for the club?

Unfortunately in the U.S., our

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

PARENT’S CORNER: A FEW TIPS ON HAVING FUN USING THE SOCCERTEE IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD

A Must Read for Parents of Youth Soccer Players
Recently while at the NSCAA convention I met two British gentlemen and of course we began discussing the game of soccer. As we talked, one of my new British friends calmly stated that the bottom line to all of this is the following:
When kids in England go out to play after school, they only kick the ball using their legs and feet. When Americans go out to play after school they usually play with their hands. Baseball, football and basketball have them throwing and catching the ball.

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He went on to make a point, which is true. “The culture of playing sports in the USA starts out very different for our kids here. It’s a cultural difference from the very start.”

His statements made me think of an idea regarding the positive role parents can play in youth soccer. It’s pretty simple actually and it uses a tried and traditional event in American family culture. I’m referring to the good old-fashioned, USA born, backyard family barbecue.This is