The Cutters Juggling Club has been established to inspire players to practice on their own, set goals, and improve their technical soccer skills.
A player’s touch and feel for the ball is vital in soccer and juggling is one of the best exercises to learn how the ball reacts to different parts of the foot and body. Juggling also helps to develop body control, core strength, and balance while providing a good work out. All that’s required is a ball, a small space, and some determination. Players that progress through the Cutters Juggling Club Levels will undoubtedly experience improved success in their soccer matches. Have fun and good luck!
1. Players may only use their feet. Touches with the feet count toward the total number of juggles. The count must return to zero if the ball hits the ground. All other body parts can be used (except hands) but they do not count toward the total number of juggles. (Ex. If a player uses their thigh to keep the ball in the air it will not be counted, but the players can continue their count with the next touch with their feet. One foot, two foot, thigh, three foot would count as three.) Continue reading about Cutters Juggling Club – New!
Below is a nice article from Mike Wiotalla regarding player predicting and the importance of emphasizing technique training at the younger ages. I hope the article will inspire our young players to get outside and have fun mastering the ball.
Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011
The Beginnings of Barcelona’s Superstars
By Mike Woitalla
The world’s three greatest players have a few things in common.
Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Xavi all stand barely 5-foot-7 tall. They’re teammates at Barcelona and they all came out of the club’s youth program.
The trio finished tops in voting for the 2010 FIFA Ballon d’Or, the world player of the year award won by Messi.
2010 World Cup champs Iniesta (age 26) and Xavi (31) joined Barcelona at age 11 and 12, respectively. Messi (23) arrived from Argentina at age 13.
One person who had a close eye on all three of them during their youth days is Albert Benaiges, the coordinator of Barcelona’s youth teams, which spawned seven players who played for Spain in its World Cup final win.
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Your Behavior and it’s Impact on Your Child
Playing soccer can help your child develop a whole range of positive skills; from teamwork and sportsmanship to coordination and fitness. The information in this leaflet is derived from interviews with young soccer players. They told us how important their parents were to them and how parental behavior makes them feel. If you want your child and your team to develop through soccer, please try to follow these instructions. A small change can make a BIG difference!
Be a Super Soccer Parent
This is a thought provoking article by Soccer America’s Mike Woitalla about “over coaching” and it’s effect on young soccer players and the American soccer culture in general. “Do we want Robinhos or Robots?”
More Than a Question of Winning and Losing – Darren C. Treasure, Ph.D.
I once played soccer with a kid named Mark. Mark was a very successful youth soccer player who was always one of his team’s better players. Indeed, Mark represented the national schoolboy U-15 team. About one year later, however, Mark dropped out of soccer. He said that soccer had stopped being fun, as he wasn’t the best player anymore. It was clear that Mark could only feel successful if he was number one and did not want to play if he could not achieve this goal.
This anecdote illustrates how important it is for coaches and/or parents to understand the ways in which their players perceive success in soccer, and the significant effects these perceptions may have on their motivation to play the game. Specifically, how hard they try in practice and during games, whether they persist when the going gets tough, and whether they practice skills that will help them get better even if they are not presently very good at them.
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