The Infinity SC Way

 

The goal of Infinity SC is to enhance the knowledge of the player, coach and parent in the game of soccer and ensure that fun and excellence are the priorities of the club. Mastering the games’ techniques and tactics through the training methods provided by the training and coaching staff and adhering to the Infinity program is our goal. Part of this mission is to also teach the values of being a good sport.

Coaches should be mentors to our youth and build up character, fun and athleticism for all walks of life. Skills will be taught on how to conduct oneself in a competitive environment (emotional discipline), teamwork (corporate association), physically and mentally working hard (work ethic), punctuality (personal responsibility), learning to give and receive instructions (leadership), to have respect for others and nurture lifelong friendships (sportsmanship), we should be gracious in defeat and humble in victory.

Why do we gather around this game? The answer is simple and that is to witness our young children/players excel at the game of soccer. The focus of winning only has its attention on glory and not on the achievements of the players or team. Excellence has to do with the method of achieving success, so be on the lookout for excellent soccer skills and hard work, rewarding it with the praise it deserves whether the team wins or loses.

To critique without understanding is negative and destructive, but knowledge can build one’s confidence to compete with excellence while having fun. Our coaches lead and instruct, our players are the only ones involved in playing the game, and our parents are to encourage them. It is the responsibility of all members to learn what our goals and procedures are at Infinity SC and apply them.

We are a club that develops players first and foremost and while trying to win is the premise we all take to the field when competing, we cannot put that above the development of the player and the team. As the team and players get better so does the win/loss record. Winning is not first, it is the product of excellent coaching, training and players who learn to execute techniques and tactics on the playing fields and is something earned over time.

Principles and Values

Infinity SC pledges to govern all of our endeavors so that:

All of our youth players can train and play in a safe environment.
All of our actions and interactions will be conducted with integrity and honesty.
Our club will be associated with good sportsmanship.
All people involved will be treated with respect.
We will at all times strive for excellence in all we do.
We will always remember that we are training children and that will govern our decisions.

Goals

In order to accomplish our Mission, in accordance with our philosophy and principles, we have the following goals:

• Provide serious young soccer players with quality coaching, teams and support structure to facilitate their development, while also providing them positive soccer experiences that will last a lifetime.
• Provide the best exposure to college coaches and college opportunities.
• Create an enjoyable and satisfying experience for all families involved.

Books that support our “player development first” philosophy

The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle

Articles that support our “player development first” philosophy

U.S. Youth Soccer’s Player Development Model
Long-term athlete development: Trainability in childhood and adolescence
Player Development in the United States: Maintaining a Perspective
Stifling the development of the American Soccer Player
Coaching children embrace the “Love of the Game”
Youth Soccer Coaches Wanted: Only those with patience and perseverance need apply
Hotbed: Brazilian Soccer Schools, Leeds, England
How a Soccer Star Is Made
Ontario Soccer Association: Long Term Player Development|
Kansas YSA State Coaching Philosophy and Curriculum Olympic Development and Premier Club Teams
Youth Soccer: Tony Bruce on the Coach’s Corner: A Teaching Perspective – Teaching What is Really Important

Videos that support our “player development first” philosophy

A message to all soccer coaches and parents: Player Development Philosophy
8 vs 8 or 11 vs 11, which is better for player development?
Dr. David Carr: Long Term Player Development
U.S. Men’s National Team Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann: Empowering players, letting them take risks
U.S. Men’s National Team Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann: a unique perspective to evaluating the American soccer landscape.