Soccer Kids of America is a character development program for children that attend Title I elementary schools with a large percentage of children on the National Free and Reduced Lunch program. Our focus is to teach children life skills through after school on the field instruction of basic soccer skills at schools across our nation.
Generally temperatures under 50º require additional clothing
Under 35 º and consideration to s uspend games and training should be made
Generally temperatures 80º - 99º with humidity factored in require mandatory water breaks and perhaps a shortened training session if temperature reach above 100º
Organization of a Typical Practice/Training Session
Coaches are expected to arrive 15-20 minutes prior to practice to set up and discuss their roles for the day. Most likely the Life Skills Coach will lead the Welcome/Warm-up section and the Cool Down/Break-down section. Soccer Coaches will lead the Soccer Skills Training. Coaches not leading a section should always be assisting.
Each practice begins with a warm-up, stretching, and ice breaker.
During the first section of the Body Awareness activity coaches will conduct the warm-up while also discussing the Healthy Lifestyle of the day.
During the last section of the Body Awareness activity /Toe Touches, coaches will begin the Life Skills discussion of the day. (i.e. Do 20 toe touches, take a break to discuss life skill, do 20 more toe touches, take a break to discuss life skill…etc.)
Conducted according to games outline. All soccer skills games are designed with a beginner level then various versions, start with beginner level and progress as the children improve to insure they are always being challenged.
During soccer skills point out positive demonstrations of the life skill of the day or negative demonstrations (if negative, address only with the child, not to the entire group).