Coming into the final stretch of the season, the VYSA technical director, Gordon Miller, in his touchline article discusses in detail what it takes to run a club focused on the child player, their development, and community. If you look at our club, we have all the pieces working together. Thank you to our volunteer coaches, our Age Group Coordinators, our Administrators and Rec Committee members for their time, effort, and focus on building a community club devoted to the child player. Gordon’s article can be found here.
Games in review: I had a chance to observe a number of games at the U9/10, U11/12, and U14 age group levels this past Saturday. A number of the games against BRYC and a couple of games intra-BAC. In small field games, it is often really easy to focus on the one player who is physically more advanced and dominates the play. Widening one’s aperture to off the ball movements, how player act before the dominate player arrives, and away from the score, the game looks completely different. I am proud to say through this lens, BAC teams play a total game, showing development of the foundational skills of dribbling, passing, and receiving. As the differences in physical stature balance out and fields get larger, this total game will be a greater part of the balance of play equation. I also watched out coaches, how did they react to goals, how do they manage the play, how do they work together. Again, I was pleased. Positive language across the field, little to no direction over the play (just let them play), and emphasis on the foundational parts of the game. Thank you BAC coaches.
Coaching Tip of the week. Coaching the slanted line, a well-used coaching term, means to run a drill such that you can make it harder for more capable players and easier for those that are less able. We do this to ensure all players across the team are probably challenged. US Youth soccer describes it as keeping players in the zone or the flow. A great practice is when the players lose track of time, are so immersed in the training that they aren’t thinking of themselves as part of the game, and it is intrinsically rewarding.