There are a lot of different soccer philosophies – perhaps as many philosophies as there are coaches. Infinity Soccer Club strives to be consistent in it’s long-term player development philosophy regardless of the short term situation. These articles are meant to help educate parents on what our expectations are for our coaches and players in order to help parents re-enforce these ideals at home.
Youth soccer has come a long way in the past 20 years. The organization, the coaching and the quality of play all around the country has risen steadily. Cache Valley has experienced similar growth and improvement. The U8-U11 development academy mindset implemented in 2008 is just one example of the progress evidenced at the youth club level. The Infinity SC Coaches… Click here to read the complete article.
In any sport, players develop skills via a combination of, practices and competitions. This begs the questions: what should the practices-to-games ratio be; how often should we schedule games; and what is the total number of games and practices for optimum development. Given that many experts attribute player burnout to excessive number of games and unrelenting pressure to perform, answers to these questions will have a huge impact on the quality of experience and performance levels attained… click here to read the complete article.
Recently an a state ODP team received an invitation for one of their ODP teams to participate in a prestigious tournament in England and were surprised to learn, upon reading the fine print, that said tournament was a ‘scout and parent free zone’. Imagine that! A sideline without parents… click here to read the complete article.
When children enter a sport program, they automatically assume responsibilities. But they also have rights. Adults need to respect these rights if young athletes are to have a safe and rewarding sport experience. The National Association for Sport and Physical Education’s Youth Sports Task Force has developed a “Bill of Rights for Young Athletes”. The rights identified by these medical experts, sport scientists, and national youth sport administrators are presented below.
- Right to participate in sports.
- Right to participate at a level commensurate with each child’s maturity and ability.
- Right to have qualified adult leadership.
- Right to play as a child and not as an adult.
- Right to share in the leadership and decision-making of sport participation.
- Right to participate in safe and healthy environment.
- Right to proper preparation for participation in sports.
- Right to an equal opportunity to strive for success.
- Right to be treated with dignity.
- Right to have fun in sports.
Please help us keep our club members and leagues advised and aware of the serious concerns regarding accidents with portable soccer goals not being securely anchored. Recently in the U.S. a state association received the following announcement that we feel all leagues and coaches need to read:“We were having a water break and there was a group of kids standing in the goal. I turned to say something to the other coach, hear a scream, and the goalpost (a huge iron thing) is down and I’ve got a kid crawling around with blood spurting from his head. Pouring out like he’s in a horror movie or something. Long story short, he’s in the hospital, his head is fine but he’s got a cracked vertebrae.After so many emails I always check the posts, and the darn things were staked down. But it had rained really hard, the ground was soft, and when the post started over it just popped the stakes out like they were staples or something. We put the other goalpost down and the stakes for it came out easier than most dandelions I’ve pulled.”
Remember, just because you see a goal anchored into the ground, it does not mean that they are secure. Some of our fields have gone to sand bags. They feel it is more secure than anchors. As stated above, anchors can come loose with wet or soft ground and if the anchors are being put back into the ground at the same spot, the holes get too big and the anchor is not secure.
Safety First with our Kids!