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We should all be Small Sided Games freaks!

At a recent u10 practice session I set up, with the help of the team coaches, a 4v4 mini tournament. The kids were phenomenal! Random teams, boys and girls playing together and a feast of goals, not to mention some great dribbling, passing and defensive skills. Best of all none of the kids asked me "who won" at the end. What a night!

Skill teaching supplemented with small sided games can provide an excellent balance of activities boys playingat practice sessions, keeping it fun and making sure all all players are fully involved.

I recently attended a Directors Development Program (DDP) seminar hosted by EPYSA which described multi club cooperation at the u9 & u10 level. Among the main features replacing formal travel teams with flexible rosters and players participating in informal festivals as opposed to traditional travel team games. The main aim is to keep more players involved at these younger ages rather than the select few who impress at tryouts. There are more player development benefits too lengthy to describe here but I like the concept.

boy heading ballImplementing programs like this does have it's challenges though. It require a lot of parents and coaches to adjust their philosophies and sacrifice short term winning to create more skilled players over the long term. When ideas like this emerge one critique often heard is that we are depriving players of true competition  - this is not the case! Festivals and inter club games are still keenly contested and players are trying to win. However scores and standings are DE-emphasized and the playing environment is relatively pressure free and therefore more enjoyable. It's a great concept!
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C'mon England!

Watch the lads at EURO 2012
June 11: England v France
June 15: England V Sweden
June 19: England v Ukraine

Normally I would sit in my favorite chair sipping tea during these games but two local venues are showing all the games and it should be a great soccer atmosphere!

Watch EURO 2012 games locally at Villa Capri (Doylestown) and the Side Door Pub (Warrington/Chalfont).

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Villa Capri Pizza
(215) 348-9656



The Side Door Pub
(215) 716-3071

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SPRING HAS SPRUNG!     


4 kidsThe April blog is up right at the end of April which will motivate me to do a May blog - I hope! Lots going on spring soccer in full swing, The Premiership title race reaching a crescendo and EURO 2012 on the horizon. Please take a few minutes to read the blog - hope you like it!

I can hardly believe it's been over a year since my first blog! Since the last blog we have concluded our indoor winter training at PSC Highpoint and are well into spring soccer, aided by some glorious weather!  Read more here...
2012 Smart Soccer Camps

Summer Camp Schedule is posted online!   

 

Have you seen our 2011 camp video?

Our summer camp schedule and online registration form is posted on the website. You Neil and kidscan submit the form so we are aware of your intent to attend a camp (or camps) and then send in the check separately to absolutely confirm your child's place on the camp.

We already have a good number of camp registrants and will be holding the fees shown on the website until our early bird cutoff date of May 30.

A summary of weeks and locations:

Week  / Location

July 9-13 / Philadelphia Sports Club, Chalfont

July 16-20 / Philadelphia Sports Club, Chalfontboy carrying balls

July 23-27 / CBAA, Herbst Field

July 30-August 3 / Avalon Recreation, NJ

August 6-10 / CBAA, Herbst Field

August 13-17 / Horsham Soccer, Kohler Field

August 20-24 / Sea Isle City Recreation, NJ

August 27-31 / Avalon Recreation, NJ

August 27-31 (evening) / Solebury Soccer Club

Travel Team Coaches contact us about the possibility of professional training for your whole team this summer!

Please contact us with any questions.

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Coaching Corner

Co-Coaching - Give it a try!

 

Coaches have you ever tried, or considered, dual team training? This is where you and a coach of the same (or similar) age group and (ideally but not written in stone) same gender cooperate and run a joint practice session. Even if you collaborate only a few timball and goales a season there are several benefits to your team and players among them:
  • Players benefit from different coaching styles
  • Coaches can learn from each other
  • Encourages a club identity
  • Consistent skills being taught to players of the same age group

I think generally anything we can do to educate players that they play for the same club and not just their individual team is a good thing.

Hope to see you on the field soon.

Cheerio for now!