Dr. Stephanie Diaz, Faculty: Sport and Recreation Administration Department, Cumberland University
Additional Support by Dr. P. Brian Greenwood, Cal Poly
Board of Directors
Aaron Houghton, CEO, Preation
Charlie Slagle, CEO, CASL
Brendan Moylan, COO, Eurosport
Les Hamashima, CMO, Transite Technology
Matthew Johnson, Rally Driver/Owner, Carolina RS
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.
Developmental Considerations Ages U10 to U12
Increasing physical and psychological differences
Increasing demands on self to perform
Increased ability to refine gross motor skills
Enhanced ability to think critically
Greater spacial awareness and understanding
Emphasis on repetition for skill development/recall
Increased emphasis on friends and a team orientation
Coaches and teachers play a significant role
Increased drive toward competence
Increased need for positive reinforcement
Developmental Considerations cont…
Coaches are encouraged to keep their training sessions:
Focused on Fun and Play-oriented
Be: prepared, positive, proactive, productive, and patient
Communicate: clearly, concisely, and confidently
Introduce skills progressively and build through skill development through repetition
Player Development Goals:
Soccer Skills and Soccer Knowledge
Nutrition and Fitness Knowledge
Injury Prevention & Risk Management
Proper inspection of equipment, goals (anchored), field, etc.
Never let children hang on goals
Never let children play on, in or near structures that may pose a risk
Complete the Volunteer Information Sheet and Participate in the Background Check
Pay attention and properly supervise the children during transition in and out of drills and during rests or breaks
Never drive child(ren) to or from school or practice
Never leave child(ren) unattended or alone at the field (before, during or after practice)
Always have another adult with you and Always have a cell phone
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.
Warm-Up and Stretching
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.)
Soccer Skills Training Session
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).
Cool Down /Break-down
To review what they learned that day.
Hand out take home assignment.
Hands in for ‘Soccer Kids’
Make sure to count balls and gather equipment.
Discuss among coaches how the lesson went, what you liked, didn’t like, how the children responded, what they seemed to like the most etc. Please send this feedback to [email_address] weekly.
RESPECT “Treat Others as You Would Want to be Treated” Dribbling/Defending Power Up with Breakfast
To define, identify, and demonstrate respect on the field and in life
By oral prompts, visual modelling, and physical play.
To describe, explain, and perform dribbling and defending a soccer ball
By oral prompts, visual modelling, and physical play.
To list, illustrate, choose, contrast, select, and identify a healthy start breakfast
By providing examples of poor, good, better, and best choices for breakfast and completing the optional power up with breakfast worksheet.
To Have Fun!
Lesson 1 Example
Welcome/Warm-up (20 Minutes)
Introduction: Name Game 5 min
Each child says name (Erin) and a breakfast item (Eggs) during stretching with ball.
Healthy Lifestyle Training – Power Up with Breakfast
Body Awareness Activity
I can do something without the ball, can you?
I can do something with the ball, can you?
Toe Touches Breakfast Style: #1 & #2
Life Skills Training – Respect “Treat Others as You Would Want to be Treated”
What does it feel like to be respected?
The person I respect most is ____ because …
My parents taught me to respect ____.
I show respect to person/place/thing/idea by doing …
Respecting this person/place/thing/idea is important because …
(e.g., treat others how you want to be treated, be courteous and polite, listen to what other people have to say)
What does respect mean….?
To pay attention to, be considerate, hold in high esteem.
Coaches demo on the field of play (soccer)
Kids demo on the field of play (soccer)
Coaches demo in life (school or home)
Kids demo in life (school or home)
Soccer Skills Training (30 Minutes)
Pointers: position body over the ball; using all parts of either foot; keep head up; shield with your body between the ball and opponent.