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!
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Gallagher, Yeagley, Huffman, True, Kerridge
On Tuesday, March 2nd, the Cutters Soccer Club hosted their annual soccer in college talk. This year’s featured guest speakers were Indiana University’s new head Men’s Coach Todd Yeagley, Indiana State’s head Women’s Coach Erika True, and Butler Assistant Ric Huffman. All three coaches have historical ties to the club. Coach Yeagley and Coach Huffman were both youth players for the club and Coach True spent 3 years as coach of the 92 Girls and 99 boys/girls Jr Cutters. Also on the panel were Cutter’s Coaches Darren Gallager (former UW – Oshkosh assistant) and Paul Kerridge (former head coach Curry College and Harvard Assistant).
The annual event is provided to assist the club’s membership who wish to pursue collegiate soccer with an understanding of how to approach this sometimes daunting process. Below is a brief recap of some of the information they shared:
- create a list of schools that interest you academically first
- from that list identify which schools are a realistic fit for your ability to play soccer
- contact the coaching staff by email or letter (by Junior year for boys & Sophomore year for girls)
- do your homework about the school and convey that in your correspondence
- keep the information brief and include your club team playing schedule
- attend camps of schools that interest you; or find out what camps their staff works so you can be evaluated
- know the NCAA recruiting, contact and eligibility rules by reviewing NCAA College Bound Student Athlete Handbook