The Strong get stronger, while the weak are forgotten


Every coach knows the simple math behind successful soccer players.

The greater the number of touches on the ball, the better the player becomes.

Certainly there are other factors involved, but it’s common sense that practicing more is going to create a better player than one that practices less.

But when you look at the traditional soccer practice methodology, you’ll quickly see that it’s set up to give the strong players more touches and the weak players fewer touches.

Scrimmaging is an easy example because the good players are making more plays on their own and the other players pass to the stronger players more often than they pass to the weaker players. This is natural.

You’ll see this same phenomenon throughout many aspects of practice as the stronger players get to remain in the drill because they “won” while the weaker players are sent to sideline to wait for their next opportunity to challenge the “winners”.

Keep-away is a common drill all kids play but look at what happens when you make a bad pass and get “caught”. Now you’re in the middle learning how to “chase” a ball instead of on the perimeter “passing and receiving” the ball.

Coaches can also inadvertently stymie the development of a player simply by the position they choose for a player. Kids with good foot skills are pushed into striker positions while kids with less developed foot skills are pushed into defensive positions where they are expected to do less with the ball.

This cumulative affect creates a dramatic difference in the number of touches on the ball over a season and drives an ever increasing wedge between the “haves” and the “have nots”.

SocrLabs changes this formula to make sure every kid is getting the same basic number of touches on the ball.

The strong players will still get a few more touches on the ball in the Ring of Fire because they’re able to pass and receive faster but this is minimal compared to traditional development methods but the SocrLabs method is also different in 2 important ways:

  1. The gap quickly closes
  2. Every kid has the same “opportunity” and the success of 1 does not take away the opportunity for the other.

Our passing drills (we pass a lot as part of our process) are structured based upon the number of passes and not an allotted time period so every kid is passing and receiving the same number of times. Better players will complete the drill faster, and they will “win” the competition we create, but all kids will get the high number of touches they need to grow.

The dribbling and shooting agility courses we create ensure every kid is getting the same opportunity to go through the course the same number of times. Again, better kids will “win” the competition based upon their speed through the course but every kid will dribble and shoot the same amount.

The SocrLabs methodology keeps the advanced kids challenged with time goals while ensuring the weaker players have the opportunity to become the “strong” players on their team because now they're getting the attention they need to reach their true potential.

There is nothing that accelerates the speed and technical skills of a soccer player like SocrLabs and I say this unequivocally and without qualification.

If you want your child to make a noticeable leap in their soccer skills, bring them to SocrLabs and you’ll be amazed at how quickly you will visually see the difference in the way they play in their next match.

It works that fast!


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