Our coach for the soccer training camp was great! It was at Columbia MS last Sat 3/23 at noon. He is a difference-maker in the lives of children and really cared for their self-worth as well as learning the game. Please thank him from Kaden Stevenson and [FIRST NAME REMOVED] & Carl [LAST NAME REMOVED]
I love the format you use each week to help the kids learn different aspects of the game & sportsmanship and I truly believe it creates a great environment for the kids to learn and have fun at the same time. I do feel that a 45 min practice before the 32 min game for 6 & 7 year olds may be too long, as we've noticed many kids lose their focus right after the game starts, yet they did phenomenal during practice and were completely focused.
My one and only true concern with the program is the "participation award" mentality....we had a team kicking our tails by a good 20+ points and instead of letting them win like they should have and keep playing a normal game (just like how the real world works...), they were made to add an extra element to their game by having to pass the ball a minimum of 3 times before they could shoot so they didn't shut us out. Our kids need to understand that in life you win AND you lose and it's not pretty sometimes. This 'coddling' mentality where everyone receives a participation award stuff is for the birds...let the kids play ball and understand how the game (and life) are truly played - win or lose.
I like that the programs encourage all skill levels. Also, the focus includes having fun! My daughter has grown in confidence despite being one of two girls on a basketball team. The coaches and referees encourage all teammates to share the ball without "special treatment" because she is a girl. Because of this, she does not correlate her gender as being any different from any player on her team.