I’ve only heard stories about it, but last night Walter Anoruo and I were victims of this terrible crime. lol (I will be using a few “lol’s” in this blog) Two separate phone calls and a “one-way thinker” coach has led me to write this blog. Not about the club he represents, (club name shall not be released) but the audacity of his actions that not only restrains a player from outside training but overall ruins the opportunity a child’s development by teaching “his way” of soccer.
We met a beautiful young lady this past Summer who’s dad was looking for her to get some performance training to help her with her coordination and footwork. That’s when I stepped in and happily started working with her. Because of her work ethic, we started to see great results and her change of speed was finally paying off! We then hit another obstacle along the way and quite frankly, her technical skills on the ball also needed some work. The dad, who didn’t play soccer growing up, did the right thing and outsourced her to Coach Walter.
Let me tell you, within 4-6 weeks of raw technical training, Walter had changed the way she played soccer. What was “kick and run” for her was starting to transition into half scissors and step-overs! She was far more aggressive and most important, confident on the field!
The other parents noticed the change in her game and, of course, asked the famous question that Walter and I love, “what is she doing?” Like all of our lovely parents who support us, the dad recommended us for technical training and sports performance.
With that being said, our Annual Thanksgiving Technical Camp is underway and of course, we have invited the beautiful young lady to participate. Little did we know, “the coach” was also having a 3 day clinic outside of club and demanded us to stop telling his kids about our training because,”I know this sounds arrogant, but I have to teach them my way of soccer and I don’t see why they have to do technical training with Walter..let me take care of that”- coach
The coach has had the same group for nearly a year (or longer), Walter had 1 girl for 4-6 weeks and incredibly transformed her! I see a terrible issue with this coach who can’t seem to find a way to progress his group of kids 🙁
My response was very respective as I mentioned we are doing what we can to help our youth develop individual techniques and skills such as performance training, small-group technical training, technical training clinics and of course…futsal! I mentioned a few names of some wonderful and talented kids who come together 1 x a week and play “pick-up” games on Friday nights, and how important it is for young soccer kids to show up and simply..play. I mean, its the closest thing we have to street soccer around here!! I could feel the tension rising as I called out a few other players from his team (I didn’t know they were on his team) come out to futsal on Fridays.
Why get upset?? If the club isn’t training on Fridays, why can’t the kid come out and enjoy some time with other friends??
I don’t know, these are questions I ask myself. Why the holdback?
DIVERSIFICATION IS KEY
I believe between the ages of 7-13 years (or older depending on level) should be able to learn the beautiful game of soccer through the minds and eyes of different trainers. This wonderful sport has no limitations on creativity and it is simply too broad for one local coach/trainer to teach it all.
I don’t know how many times I have seen countless athletes swap through Coach Walter and myself..and I absolutely love it. We are two different animals who are only going to make you better. It’s that simple.
WE LOVE CLUB SOCCER
Here is the big surprise… Walter and I LOVE club soccer! Whether the club team represents DA, ECNL, DYNAMO DASH, STYSA, or any other independent league, we are here to HELP! Our mission is very simple. We are here to provide a specific type of training that develops the mind and body to be more effective when game day arrives. Our priority is to have our kids be extremely sharp on their 1st touch, 2nd touch, turning, shooting, etc. and most importantly..their quick decision-making skills!
We want to see our athletes succeed and represent their respective clubs with hard work and integrity. So they can one day, play past their club level and enter the collegiate or professional world with the right mindset and work ethic!! Hell, more than 70% of our clientele base are club players and we LOVE that! So why the big fuss about spreading out the word of true technical training, technical training camps or Futsal??
We are going to give the kids back we promise 🙂 lol
DON’T BASH ON YOUR OWN CLUB
To wrap up this wonderful article, I noticed many inbox messages and Facebook comments on my recent post that was aiming directly at their own club. Don’t do that :/ Walter and I understand the aches and pains of seeing our kids struggle with proper soccer development. That is why were are here.
As parents and trainers, we must keep motivating our youth with positive energy to stay in sports because of the long-term positive effects it has on a person. Walter and I support and respect every single club that a kid represents when walking through our doors.
Today’s blog is directly aimed at a certain coach who suppresses the idea of his kids doing supplemental training if it’s not with him.
This issue happens in many clubs and today’s goal was to spread awareness to have us all one the same page that diversity in training is needed.
P.S. The beautiful young lady was only 7 yrs old…