USWNT…..more multi-sport athletes

Congratulations to our U.S. Women’s National Team for winning their third World Cup Title!  Certainly the better side throughout the tournament….fit, strong, determined, tactically not stuck to one way, and just fun to watch.

Did you know that most the 23 members played multiple sports before committing fully to soccer in their later teenage years?  Read these short articles….

USA Today Article

Post and Courier Article

Next week, I’ll recap my experiences at USYS Region IV ODP camp and a funny encounter with Brandi Chastain.

 

Wags

 

 

Another Reason for Multi-Sport Athletes

Coaches,

Please share with your teams:

In case you haven’t seen or heard about Jordan Spieth winning the U.S. Open (golf), check out these compelling articles on his path of participating in multiple sports as a youth and an interview with his mom.  A few key word takeaways throughout: ground reaction forces, PLAY, burnout, opposite directions, deceleration, fun, grounded/humble, kid driven.

Multi Sport Athletes

Interview with Mom

Best,

Wags

 

Off Season Planning

 

sleeping on field

sleeping on field

June 15, 2015

Coaches,

In an attempt to have more dialogue among each other, use this blog as a way to connect with myself and other coaches to get better.  It’s that simple.  Engage and you will reap the benefit of learning from others, sharing stories…..becoming a better coach.

Let’s start the 2015 summer, post Rocky Mountain Cup, with this question:

Does your team’s off-season planning allow for your athletes to come back in the fall rested, fresh and excited to grow, get better and be a part of the team?  What have you added (or taken out) of the program to help? Please share your plans and ideas.

 

Wags

Earning Trust

5/26/15

Tis the Player Placement Season!

When asking players to “buy in” to the workload demanded (in all four pillars- technical, tactical, psychosocial and physical) in our sport, players want and need your trust and likewise you have to have earned their trust before the ask.  Saying “trust me” no longer works.  You have to prove it to them.

One simple trick to help you:

Coach the player- not the activity!  Players desire, crave and want to be coached.  Do you know how each player responds to your instruction?  Are you attentive to each player? Do you know what makes them tick?  What are their individual goals?  What do they engage in besides soccer?  Take a few minutes during pre-season (now, tomorrow and everyday for that matter!!) to connect with each player (and their parents) to help the process of earning their trust.  It will go a long way in your ability to coach each player!

All the best,

Wags

Welcome to the FC Boulder Fitness Blog!

Welcome to the FC Boulder Fitness Blog!

In an attempt to keep everyone up-to-date with current and relevant fitness, health and physical preparation information, we will post articles, comments, ideas, stories, etc. to this blog on a regular basis.  We will try to make it relevant to youth soccer, but some research, stories or articles may be from all over the world and in various contexts.  Our hope is you find the information valuable and translatable to the person, family and team you are working with.

It is meant to serve as an informative route to increase your knowledge, not directives, but also to ensure we, as coaches, are thinking critically about what we do, why we do what we do, how we do it, when we do it and so on.  As with most things in life, debates about fitness strategies are inherent and you can opt out at any time by clicking on the link below.

We do hope that you read the information posted or visit the links provided.  Feel free to write us with comments and suggestions.

5/22/15- PLAY

Play is defined along a continuum as more or less playful using a set of behavioral and dispositional criteria:

PLAY IS PLEASURABLE. Children must enjoy the activity or it is not play.

PLAY IS INTRINSICALLY MOTIVATED. Children engage in play simply for the satisfaction the behavior itself brings. It has no extrinsically motivated function or goal.

PLAY IS PROCESS ORIENTED. When children play, the means are more important than the ends.

PLAY IS FREELY CHOSEN. It is spontaneous and voluntary. If a child is pressured, she will likely not think of the activity as play.

PLAY IS ACTIVELY ENGAGED. Players must be physically and/or mentally involved in the activity.

PLAY IS NON-LITERAL. It involves make-believe. Play benefits cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development.

Source: Krasnor & Pepler, 1980; Rubin, Fein, & Vandenberg, 1983

 

 

Yours in physical preparation for soccer and life,

Wags