You can now listen to the two online presentations regarding current topics at Cutters Soccer Club that took place on March 12-13, 2014. Click on the links below to listen:
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.
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!
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.