We updated the soccer curriculum in 2016 to get players more touches on the ball and develop control in smaller spaces. You will see short side games during our practices to promote more player involvement vs running without a ball. The short sided approach is the new US Soccer mandate for all young players and used all over the world to develop players. Some of these topics will provide information about this very successful approach being used around country by top teams. All our sessions are ran by our professional coaches from STORM ACADEMY. These notes apply to Spring, Fall and Winter sessions.
Weekly Training Sessions
Players will be divided into groups (all skill levels-10+ players per coach) and work directly with a Storm coach.
Storm Academy coaches time with kids
4 v 4 (4-6 players on each team). Might use subs since players will get tired because of quick play. 5th Grade and older kids will play 7v7.
Number of fields
16 fields (smaller, about 1/8 of a normal field)
Game Monitors for games
Yes, We are renaming to Game Monitors (Volunteers) to help coach and with organization during games only
Grade Marshalls to oversee overall group progress, games, stop and instruct
Yes, Storm Academy Marshall Kurt Palmer will be able to walk around each game, stop and instruct.
Our Young Coaches will ref games when possible. Storm academy coach will instruct during the game
No, keepers are not used under the 4v4 format. However, Storm can introduce them at later weeks
Lining the fields every week
Cones will be used to mark the areas for training. YSNR will continue to set up every week.
Parents Section for viewing
Yes, defined to allow for coaching without interruptions
Players will be assigned to a coach at the beginning of each session to ensure everyone plays with the same amount. Please arrive at least 10 minutes early. All players will be grouped by the coaching staff upon arrival and play. Teams will be created based on pool of players.
Travel Opportunities for players, early assessment
Selected players will be recognized early to provide Travel soccer an opportunity to speak to their parents
Young Coaches Program
A program is in place to provide opportunities for interested 13-17 year old Boys and Girls so they can help Storm coaches and strengthen their leadership qualities. We have 30 for the Spring 2017 season.