Tips for Your Young Athlete: How to Replace Nerves with Confidence

Tips for Your Young Athlete: How to Replace Nerves with Confidence

As an athlete, no matter what age or level of intensity, we deal with nerves, anxiety and pressure when it comes to the big game. Believe it or not, feeling nervous before a big game is normal! We put so much hard work and dedication into our sports, all we want is for the hard work to pay off on game day. It wasn’t until I followed these three tips that I turned nerves and anxiety into confidence when it mattered most

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Muscle Recovery Techniques for Soccer Players

Muscle Recovery Techniques for Soccer Players

While recovery is important for all aspects of soccer, this article is focusing on everything you need to know about optimizing your muscle recovery. Taking the techniques and tips in this article seriously will help you feel less sore, gain more muscle, practice and workout more and harder and overall improve your game.

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Re-evaluating the Role of Youth Coaches

Re-evaluating the Role of Youth Coaches

Again, we wonder why our players’ development over the past 30+ years has been extremely sluggish. We think that just because we have the resources and number of players we are fated to rule the soccer world. And yet our players are unable to perform even the simplest of soccer development tasks which is to lay-out their own playing environment. If you are skeptical then try this experiment at your next practice…

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Secrets to Developing Confident Players

Secrets to Developing Confident Players

In order to succeed you need A Plan, Commitment to carry out the plan and Consistency. When your players see and hear a consistent message from you, it reinforces your coaching way in their minds. By knowing what they can expect from you and hearing it over and over, they will begin to assign a higher value and trust in your coaching, and it will show them that you take your coaching seriously.

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How College Coaches Evaluate Recruits

How College Coaches Evaluate Recruits

The recruiting process can be complicated and intense—even for college coaches. They are responsible for evaluating hundreds or even thousands of talented student-athletes every year, choosing only a select few for their rosters. Sports Illustrated Play has outlined how coaches evaluate athletes so you can adjust your recruiting strategy based on what they are looking for.

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Organizing a Trip for a Soccer Tournament

Organizing a Trip for a Soccer Tournament

During the past few decades, an ever-increasing number of people have become active participants in soccer. This many times includes participating in soccer tournaments. If your soccer team or program is looking towards participating in an out of town soccer tournament, there at some facts and factors to bear in mind when it comes to organizing a trip.

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4 Stages of Technical Development

4 Stages of Technical Development

Accidents occur, frequently, at the airport and, often, involve a stick shift rental car driven by a person from a country where people drive on the right side – like the USA for example! It takes a while to adjust to driving in the UK. You really have to think about it!

I have learned that soccer players go through a similar process when learning a technique. Whether driving in the UK or learning the techniques of soccer there are four developmental phases which will need to be tackled. Let’s stick with soccer and forget the driving thing for the moment.

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Want To Seriously Boost Your Motivation? Boost Your Dopamine Levels

Want To Seriously Boost Your Motivation? Boost Your Dopamine Levels

Research at Vanderbilt has indicated that people with high levels of dopamine are more willing to work toward goals. If you boost your overall dopamine levels, you’ll be more motivated to work hard.  If you can tie specific actions to dopamine release, you’ll want to do those actions again and again. All this brings us to the question: how can you release more dopamine in your brain?

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Performance Improvement Tip: Reduce Your Stress

Performance Improvement Tip: Reduce Your Stress

Stress can also be placed upon young players by coaches, parents and even themselves in order to achieve outcome goals such as results. This can negatively impact any performance improvements gained through training, increase the risk of injury and even lead to serious health issues.It is very important that young players are able to identify stress symptoms early and be able to use techniques to help them better manage and reduce their levels of stress.

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The Missouri Athletic Club to Present College Soccer’s Top Award – Jan. 5

The Missouri Athletic Club to Present College Soccer’s Top Award – Jan. 5

The Missouri Athletic Club will present the Hermann Trophy to the top male and female collegiate soccer players in the nation on Friday, Jan. 5. The crystal soccer ball trophy represents the highest individual achievement in the sport. Many of the biggest names in American soccer, including Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly, Claudio Reyna and Alexi Lalas, have won the award.

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How to Move Beyond a Negative Season as a Youth Coach

How to Move Beyond a Negative Season as a Youth Coach

Plenty of teams start the season struggling and end the season the same way, perhaps never winning a game or even getting close. This can wear on coaches. Such struggles might drive otherwise strong coaches from volunteering again, possibly depriving the kids of a dedicated role model who is focused on their development in the sport. One bad year shouldn’t be a reason to quit. Here are some ways a youth coach can move beyond a negative season:

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Building Goalkeeper Confidence

Building Goalkeeper Confidence

In this article, coach Colin Smith introduces us to his thoughts on confidence building for goalkeepers (and players in general) and the challenges parents deliver on a daily basis. Whether you’re a professional goalkeeper or an Under 7 in a mini soccer match the pressure and expectation to make the right decision at the right time is the same.

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Spanish Liga: Alber Fenoll Scouts Levante UD for Malaga CF

Spanish Liga: Alber Fenoll Scouts Levante UD for Malaga CF

Spanish Liga side Malaga CF played Levante UD last weekend. During the days before the game, scouter Alber Fenoll (AF) has been posting several tweets showing some aspects the home team should take into account to win the game. They were all created with KlipDraw video analysis software. In the following post we have compiled the most important information from his analysis.

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The Unstoppable Growth of Fantasy Sports [Infographic]

The Unstoppable Growth of Fantasy Sports [Infographic]

Fantasy sports is a phenomenal business that has grown into a billion-dollar industry. One of the reasons behind the popularity of fantasy sports is the fact that fans feel like they have a real stake in the performance of their players and teams. Take a look at the infographic created by the Betting Sites team and discover more about this rising industry. 

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