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August Club News

By Wasatch Soccer Club News, 08/15/17, 4:45PM MDT

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Wasatch Soccer Club News and Updates August 2017
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Summer Programs Conclude


We want to thank all those who attended this years summer programs. We have used our observations and made adjustments to make them better for all who attend. 

This Fall, look out for the following programs:
  • Speed, Agility, Quickness and Finishing
  • Street Soccer and 1v1's
  • Goalkeeping (Calendar)
The fall schedule will be announced next week. Check out our website for updates.


Training Methodology
Play, Practice, Play. - Breaking tradition for an evidence based approach.

The first thing you should notice about our latest session plans is that they are formatted quite differently from previous years. The major difference is that we will be transitioning from the traditional 4 stage session plan: 1. Warm Up – 2. Small Sided Activity – 3. Expanded Small Sided Activity – 4. Game format into a 3-stage session plan with the following titles for each stage: 1. Play – 2. Practice – 3. Play.
Why the Change?
The shift from the traditional set up of simple to complex, as research has proven, the benefits to long term development are much greater when the game is taught holistically. In traditional sense, we spend a lot of time isolating one specific part of the game away from the other important factors. Typically, the technical side. While we will see improvements in individual technique, the application of this technique doesn’t translate to the chaos and unpredictability of the game, therefore we spend a lot of time preparing a player for a situation which will rarely occur, if at all. As the data has shown us, the more variable practices are, the more they replicate the demands of the game, all at the same time the technique being an execution of a decision (tactic), the physical capability and the psychosocial side all being challenged in a way that will increase the learning of the player long term.
The (Initial) Play Stage – Considered “Deliberate Play”. 
Empirical data has shown that children learn best when they get to experience periods of unstructured play where they can experiment on their own, it promotes enjoyment, inclusion and development. Also, known as experiential learning. These factors have been proven to increase motivation to continue playing. The coach’s role during this Play stage is to ensure safety, monitor the games and “take the pulse” of the players. Monitoring the games includes making sure the games are not lopsided and providing adequate stoppages/intervals to allow the players to stretch and hydrate.
During the stoppages/intervals the coach is encouraged to ask guiding questions to lead the players towards the goal and objectives of the session. “Taking the pulse” refers to checking the player’s involvement and gauging their emotional state through activity or in some cases avoidance of participation. In short showing the players how much you care about them right from the start of a practice.
The Practice Stage – Considered “Play – Practice” using activities to create game-like situations that create problems for the players to solve and the coach to assist with the problem-solving process. A simple checklist (provided in the session plans) includes questions such as:
 Does it look like Soccer? Is it organized? Is it challenging? Are there repetitions? (Of the topic being worked on) and Is there coaching? (Consisting predominantly of positive reinforcement) but should also include the normalizing of errors. (Mistakes are an essential part of the learning process). During this stage coaches are encouraged to set up small group activates that focus on the topic being worked on that day. We also provide a set of Guided Questions that the coach can refer to throughout the practice session.
The (Final) Play Stage – Considered “Contextual Learning” 
– In this stage, we are checking to see how much if any of the practice stage has transferred with each player into the game.
It is recommended in this stage that the coach sets up 2 teams of equal numbers and that one team is set up as close to the starting line up for the upcoming game as attendance at the practice permits. In ideal circumstances (which rarely occurs) the coach should play in the game format 4 v 4, 7 v 7 etc. that the players will experience in the upcoming game. The players should experience extended periods of uninterrupted play with the coach just monitoring the safety of the players and reviewing the checklist and guided questions to empower the players to solve problems on their own.

A great article and podcast on the reasons we need to use science to stay ahead in coaching. Click  here

August Parent Education - Suicide Prevention

Wasatch Soccer Club will host an important presentation for parents and coaches on suicide prevention. With the alarming spike in teen suicide, we want to help educate parents and coaches of the ways they can help prevent the epidemic by becoming more aware of the warning signs and how to help. Utah has one of the highest rates of teen suicide and is the leading cause of death of youth 10-17 years old. Presenters Marc Ybaben Clinical Psychologist Michelle Tate School Counselor Suicide prevention is set up for Tuesday August 15th at 7 pm at the Wasatch Training Center 976 N Marshall Way, Layton. Arrive early to find seating, and please bring a chair.
Please register here

Feedback

We have just sent out the parent surveys to all parents. The surveys will take no longer than 5 minutes to complete. We are constantly looking to improve the experience for our members and that is why this feedback is important to us. We appreciate the time our parents dedicate to the organization and thank you in advance for providing this feedback. To access the survey, please click here.

 

Concussions in Youth Sports - Read our fact sheet to help recognize signs and symptoms early by clicking here.

A discussion on Winning Vs Development from http://www.soccerparenting.com

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