Woodhaven Soccer Club believes in using soccer to further your education.
“Training must meet players on their level. Young children need to be provided a wide variety of physical activities so players can develop basic coordination. They can only concentrate on a given task for a short time. Children need mental variety as well as physical variety.”
Ages 6 to 12
By nature, small children are very curious and love being active but they quickly become impatient. Their perspective is completely self-centered. In other words, they think the whole world revolves around them. As they get older, especially after age 10 or so, they learn to look beyond themselves. This gives them a different understanding of there teammates, positions and formations. They learn to think more in the long term and work more systematically toward success.
Ages 12 to 16
At this age, kids experience an internal conflict between the loss of childhood and an aspiration to join the world of adults. This stage is often very difficult for coaches, in part because early or late development causes additional problems for some players. At the same time, though, they are laying an important foundation for the development of their personalities, which means they need plenty of help and support from you.
Ages 16 to 18
Players personalities are now more established and their actions more consistent, so you can spend less time on shaping your relationship and more on optimizing their behavior on and off the field. Treat them as equals and encourage them to take on more responsibility and play a more active role, but don’t lose your leadership role and the respect you are due.
“The most important thing at any age is to build confidence and communicate on the same level.”