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Old 06-09-2011, 04:30 PM
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Ok, so my 8 yr. old son has been playing soccer for a team/league since fall. Played winter indoor and then spring travel for the same coach and has learned a lot and excelled dramatically and he's pretty damned good, if I do say so myself. Now, for all intents and purposes, is being recruited by another league in the area that emphasizes Coerver skills. Coerver deals with more ball control and fancy footwork, which is great but I'm sitting there tonight watching these 8-9 yr. old kids using, or trying to use, the Coerver style and the all I can think of is that scene in Raiders of The Lost Ark where Indy Jones shoots the dude with the sword in the crowded square. The kids sit there and play with the ball instead of moving it and it gets taken away most of the time. Don't get me wrong, it's a great concept, but if you look at the most succesful athletes in sports, the reason they're as succesful as they are is because they have MASTERED the basic fundamentals of the game they play. Not because of fancy dancy trick stuff. So basically, we're racking our brains on which league to put him in. I really like his current coach and wife likes the new coach.
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Old 06-09-2011, 04:48 PM
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All my kids are in soccer.... Chances are he will never play pro - why not just get him on a team where he can have fun.....
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Old 06-09-2011, 04:50 PM
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Ask him what he wants to do. I know he is only 8 right now and probably doesnt know what he wants to do next week let alone in high school. If soccer is something he may want to pursue competively through his teenage years this is something to seriously consider. He will be an all around better player in the future if he starts picking up these skills young. That "fancy footwork" takes alot of practice and is key for good ball control. You dont have to be the fastest one around if you know how to keep the ball away from an opposing player at the base of your feet.
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Old 06-09-2011, 04:55 PM
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Football (soccer) in a game of ball movement, no player can keep up with the ball, stop the ball and the defense gains an advantage, fancy foot work is for show it is not necessary to put the ball in the back of the net,
I would stick with the coach who emphasizes the basics, when I payed the game the coaches concentrated on one, two and three touch football, one touch, you must control and pass the ball with one touch two and three are what the sound like.
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Old 06-09-2011, 05:24 PM
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Originally Posted by calistealth6 View Post
Ask him what he wants to do. I know he is only 8 right now and probably doesnt know what he wants to do next week let alone in high school. If soccer is something he may want to pursue competively through his teenage years this is something to seriously consider. He will be an all around better player in the future if he starts picking up these skills young. That "fancy footwork" takes alot of practice and is key for good ball control. You dont have to be the fastest one around if you know how to keep the ball away from an opposing player at the base of your feet.
Thats what I told my wife. The down side to the current coach is that now they want to do the "Beltway League", possibly, so there would be 50% away games (2 hours of driving for an hour game!). He loves soccer and plays Striker very well. And most importantly, I want him to have fun with which ever league he goes with. It IS supposed to be fun!
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As a former soccer player the only coaches i ever had focused on the basics, as a future coach myself (hopefully) this is what i would focus on. It doesnt mean much but focusing on the basics through my youth career and through high school gave me every opportunity to play D1 soccer at several colleges. However i chose not to, i loved playing because it was fun, at college it becomes a job and just didnt suit me.

As a goalkeeper, ill give you some advise for your son. You said he was a striker, the famous quote i heard when i was a striker was "if you can see it shoot it" . Whatever his range is if you can see the goal always shoot it, you will be surprised how many shots will go in when you put twice as many shots on goal.

This was before i switched to goalkeeper

Let him have fun and dont ever let it become a "job" or a have too

Good luck! And dont yell at the refs, i was one of those too
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I just finished my 10th season as a youth soccer coach.

My advice is to have him play for your town U10 travel program. I wouldn't have him play on a club team yet. Let him play with his friends. If he wants to move to a more competitive program for U12, U14, etc. there will always be time. Besides, it's likely that he will quit soccer for lacrosse in a couple years anyways. Maryland is a hotbed for lacrosse.
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