Everton America is a premier youth soccer club based in Norwalk CT. Our club offers expert soccer coaching for boys and girls from 6 to 18 years. Everton America is the exclusive U.S. affiliate of Everton Football Club of the English Premier League.
3 – Be a student of the game. At Everton America, we believe there are three pillars of coaching. Evaluation, knowledge and understanding and repetitions. By having a practice canceled, you are only really missing out on the repetitions. You can evaluate yourself or other by watching a game or highlights if time is short. You can gain knowledge by reading up on players who play in your position.
When watching a game, look out for positioning, different distribution techniques and range of goalkeepers coming for crosses.
4 – Get your equipment in order. Clean your boots, rinse your water bottle, check the quality of your shin guards, size of undergarments etc. Ensure your equipment is not an excuse for poor performance.
5 –Get a cardiovascular workout. Are you one of the fittest members of the team? Use this off time to get the heart pumping. If you can’t get to the gym, give yourself a routine that can include stair runs, Jumping Jacks, Burpees, High Knees, Push-ups, and sit ups. Do each for 1 minute with 30 seconds rest in-between. Do each routine three times.
6 – Get your homework done. The extra time off might be the perfect opportunity to get your homework done. By getting it done, you can fully focus on your game or next practice without stressing about project deadlines for school.
7 – Catch up on some sleep. You are up early for school, you put your heart and soul into practices and games three to four times a week, some of you even play other sports. If you are tired, use the additional time off to catch up on some sleep and be back to your best when games and practice resume.
8 – Practice ball skills. Players need to be comfortable with the ball at their feet. Use the time to be comfortable with the ball at your feet. You can practice in a 5×5 area. Top taps, foundations, inside & outside of the foot, figure 8 using inside & outside of feet, turns etc.
9 – Research your opposition. Check out your league website to see who you are playing next. Where are they in the League? How many goals have they scored? Who is their best goal scorer?
10 – Fill out your self-evaluation. How did you play in the last game? Where can you improve? What was your distribution success rate? How many goals did you score? Are there any trends in the goals that went in and could you have done anything about it?
Interesting also to note that at college showcases, not one college coach ever asked what the score was in the games, but it was the parents getting worked up on the side that can only have a negative effect on players going to the college of their choice. This video from the Positive Coaching Alliance talks about the important role that parents have when players are expressing an interest in a school.
Notes can be taken regarding club programs also.
All coaches want to try to create a positive environment, and the parent on the side that becomes critical of their own son / daughter, the team, coach or opposition becomes a red flag for any future recruits.