Listen to the most recent episode of my podcast: The Problem with the Problem with US Youth Soccer – Player Identification https://anchor.fm/rfh8/episodes/The-Problem-with-the-Problem-with-US-Youth-Soccer—Player-Identification-e50mjo
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Podcast Episode #19 – Homework
Listen to the most recent episode of my podcast: Episode 19 -Homework leads to Mastery- Ball Mastery. 10 minutes per day is like an extra practice. https://anchor.fm/rfh8/episodes/Episode-19–Homework-leads-to-Mastery–Ball-Mastery–10-minutes-per-day-is-like-an-extra-practice-e34bj0
It only takes 10 minutes a day. Listen to how players can improve their foot skills and get the equivalent of an extra training session per week in 10 minutes per day. Coaches should encourage home based skill acquisition aka “Homework” to encourage Individual training. Ball Mastery, moves, juggling and basic dribbling 10-20 minutes per day several days per week will improve first touch, balance, coordination, agility and confidence on the ball. Players, if you are not doing it start! Parents and Coaches, encourage your players to start and keep track of these sessions. This is ideal for multi-Sport athletes who are constantly juggling conflicting schedules and can make up the equivalent time of a missed session. Over a 5-10 year playing career, players can literally get the equivalent of seasons of extra touches by creating this habit.
Check out my free skills tracker form, just download and save as your own and start tracking your touches today
Podcast Episode 16 -It Takes a Village
Check out my episode “Episode 16 – It takes a Village! The Problem with “The Problem with US Youth Soccer”” from Coach Rich Rants on Anchor: https://anchor.fm/rfh8/episodes/Episode-16—It-takes-a-Village–The-Problem-with-The-Problem-with-US-Youth-Soccer-e2pbq3
It’s Takes a Village – the Problem with the Problem with Youth Soccer is that kids can’t access the whole village because the corners are guarded by the bullies.
Goal Tracking and Journaling
Now available from Amazon.com in 2 different covers.
Start to create really important life lessons while helping you(player) or your child(parents/coaches) reach their potential. This is a Journal…
There are 3 sections:
Section 1 includes Goal Setting. Establish Goals for yourself or for your team and chose the target date. i.e. Full Year, Fall Season, Winter Training, offseason, etc.
The goal includes 4 questions –
- What is the Goal?
- Why or Purpose?
- How will you achieve the goal?
- When is the Target Date?
Section 2 is a Daily Journal.
Use the Daily Journal to capture your thoughts, plans, dreams or whatever you want. Keeping track of how a training session went whether with your team or outside training.
Keep track of what you did, how you felt, what you ate, or even the weather.
This is your journal and your place to write your thoughts and feelings, track performance and manage and measure your goals.
These will be helpful for doing a self-assessment at different times of the year or you can keep them and look back in them in future years for inspiration and motivation.
Pro Tip -Journal Topics
- School Conflicts
- Social Conflicts
- Highlight Moments
Food, Water, and Sleep
Section 3 is Where you assess how you are progressing against your targets.
When you combine written goals and daily journaling, you now have what you need to assess your progress.
Establish Checkpoints where you can return and report on your progress. If you have achieved your goals, you can set new goals or new targets that you want to hit. If you are not progressing, you can do a course correction to modify the goals or modify the plan to get there.
Pro Tip – Ideas on Timing
- After Fall Season
- Pre – Spring Season
- Off-Season Training
Two covers are available for purchase on amazon.
Podcast 14 – Goal-Setting and Tracking – Realizing Potential and Developing Life Skills
Episode 14 introduced goal setting as a way to build life skills while trying to reach potential as an athlete.
What is your “Why”? – establishing an understanding of why an athlete is playing the sport in the first place will provide an indication of what the player is looking to achieve.
Setting goals that are attainable and measurable.
Setting aspirational goals that are seemingly impossible.
Establishing both personal and team goals.
Breaking the season up and creating goals that correspond.
Journaling and keeping a log of what is going on.
Checkpoints and course correction.
These are just a few of the topics that are discussed in the Episode, nothing is ever scripted, rehearsed, or edited so it is a raw take on the topic.
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Episode 13 – What Separates Players at the Next Level
Check out my episode “Episode 13- Speed of Play and Decision Making” from Coach Rich Rants on Anchor: https://anchor.fm/rfh8/episodes/Episode-13–Speed-of-Play-and-Decision-Making-e2k34f
Speed of Play and Decision Making. Learn what you can do as a player, parent or coach to develop pace it play and Decision Making.
Identifying and Reaching Potential – An Athletes’s Guide
Check out my episode “Episode 12 – Reaching Potential – Practical Actions you can take to assess and reach your potential.” from Coach Rich Rants on Anchor: https://anchor.fm/rfh8/episodes/Episode-12—Reaching-Potential—Practical-Actions-you-can-take-to-assess-and-reach-your-potential-e2itb0
Do You Believe in Your Own Potential?
While we all have dreams and aspirations, few of us are fully aware of our own potential. It can be hard to see the truly good and admirable traits in ourselves, just like it is our faults. However, believing in your own potential is a crucial part of developing your self-confidence.
In order to achieve all, you’re capable of, you have to believe in the potential you have. It can help you to try new things, challenge yourself, and take risks that could all lead to success. We’ve come up with a few ways you can determine if you believe in your potential.
Spend Time in Self-Reflection
The first way to determine if you believe in your own potential is to spend time in self-reflection. Ask yourself what you are capable of; what are your strengths and admirable qualities. This time spent determining your potential is valuable to who you are as a person and achieving your full potential. During this time, try to focus on the following:
- What is your potential?
- What do you want to achieve?
- Do you truly believe you can achieve it?
- What can you do with this potential?
Focusing on these things and answering these questions will help you to identify your potential and believe in it more strongly.
Write Down What You See As Your Full Potential
Now that you’ve had time to reflect on what your potential is, you can list the qualities and skills that entails. This will help you affirm what your potential is and your belief in it. Study this list and keep it with you, being sure to look at it whenever you feel yourself doubting your potential. This will help you keep your potential in the forefront of your mind and help you to truly believe in your potential.
Prove Your Potential to Yourself
For some to truly believe in something, they need to see it. This even extends to what they believe about themselves. A great way to truly believe in your potential is to prove to yourself you have it. Act on it; challenge yourself by pushing the limits of your potential.
This challenge can be career-, hobby-, or relationship-oriented, so long as it challenges you and forces you to showcase your full potential. Once you’ve achieved the goal you set for yourself and fully showcased your potential, you’ll not only have a well-earned sense of accomplishment and confidence, but you’ll also fully believe in your potential without doubts.
Surround Yourself with People that Believe in Your Potential
We all like to think we don’t let others affect us, but the reality is that the people around us, especially those close to you, do have an effect on us and our emotions. If those close to you doubt your potential, you’re likely to do the same. You don’t need that negative influence in your life. Instead, surround yourself with people that believe in your potential and encourage you to achieve all you can. Their positive influence will provide you with encouragement and help you to see and believe in your potential.
We all have a river of potential inside us, but few people truly recognize and believe in that potential. Believing in your own potential is an essential part of your confidence and success. If you believe you are capable of accomplishing something, you’re far more likely to actually accomplish it.
However, believing in your own potential may not come as easily for you as it does for others. It’s often something we have to work on and prove to ourselves before we believe it.
Podcast 11 is out!
Transitioning from Fall Outdoor and/or School Soccer to Indoor!
Check out my episode “Podcast #11 – Seasonal Transition Priorities In Youth Soccer.” from Coach Rich Rants on Anchor: https://anchor.fm/rfh8/episodes/Podcast-11—Seasonal-Transition-Priorities-In-Youth-Soccer-e2hhuk
0-6 Years old – 60 minutes of free play
6-9 Years Old – Gross Motor Skills – running, balancing, moving. Emphasize Balance, coordination, and agility. Make the training fun and rewarding with the emphasis on the “FUN” damentals. Teach good habits around SLEEP, nutrition, and Hydration.
9-12 Years Old – Body Movement – Jumping, bounding, start-stop, change of direction, skipping, shuffling, object manipulation. Build a strong “Core”. At this stage, 80% of activity should be skill acquisition and 20% on Competition. “How to Train”
12-14 Years Old – Teach the athletes the right way to train, add body weight plyometrics, monitor resistance and Load on Joints – back off training during peak growth periods. “How to Maximize Training”
15+ First several weeks coming off the school soccer season should be “Active Recovery” Allow their bodies the time to rest, recover and repair. Functional Training based on overall body movement. Avoid load on spine and joints in group training and encourage “private or semi-private” weight/resistance training. “Training to Compete”.
Training should be age appropriate and periodized based on what they are coming out of or going into. Enjoy.
Podcast Episode 10 – Life Lessons from Sports
Check out my episode “Episode 10 – Life lessons..”being the most prepared athlete on the field.”” from Coach Rich Rants on Anchor: https://anchor.fm/rfh8/episodes/Episode-10—Life-lessons–being-the-most-prepared-athlete-on-the-field-e2g3v4
Listen to the latest update about tips for taking lessons from your coaches. Advise for Coaches, Parents and Players. A simple lesson about preparation regardless of the skills or talent of your opposition, and how that has translated to sports, business, and every area of life.
Podcast 9 – Pay to Play Model
Check out my episode “Episode 9 – What you may not know about the Pay to Play Model” from Coach Rich Rants on Anchor: https://anchor.fm/rfh8/episodes/Episode-9—What-you-may-not-know-about-the-Pay-to-Play-Model-e2etmb
My lasted problem with “The Problem with Youth Soccer” deals with the Pay to Play Model and how the system perpetuates the Problem. It is not always about the money for the clubs. Unfortunately the cost of doing business continues to increase and the more clubs that pop up, the more the problem persists. I don’t have the answer only details of some of the challenges that lead to the high prices that get passed to the parents.