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US Youth Soccer National Workshop. Coaching TOPSoccer Athletes Presented by: Michael Singleton, M.S. Mass Youth Soccer State Dir. of Coaching US Youth Soccer National Staff Coach. Coaching Ideals. Personal Connection Fun The 3 L’s Inclusion Activities

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Us youth soccer national workshop

US Youth Soccer National Workshop

Coaching TOPSoccer Athletes

Presented by: Michael Singleton, M.S.

Mass Youth Soccer State Dir. of Coaching

US Youth Soccer National Staff Coach


Coaching ideals
Coaching Ideals

  • Personal Connection

  • Fun

  • The 3 L’s

  • Inclusion Activities

  • Simple to Complex


Mosston s slanty line
Mosston’s Slanty Line

  • Challenge each player to a level that is commensurate with his/her ability


Understanding children
Understanding Children

  • Fundamental task of being a coach/teacher

  • Communication is imperative

  • Understanding is only way to make us better coaches

    GROUP TASK  what are likes/dislikes?


Common characteristics
Common Characteristics

  • Autism

    -difficulty with communication, socialization

    -often easily distracted, have restricted interest

    -generalization and sequencing can be challenging

    -nonverbal skills are often a strength

  • Down Syndrome

    -vision and/or hearing problems are common

    -varying degrees of mental retardation

    -may see attention deficit symptoms or temper ---often frustration

    -often understand much better than express

    -often very social—social skills and empathy are typically strengths!


Common characteristics1
Common Characteristics

  • Cerebral Palsy

    -motor control impairment (non-progressive)

    -may have balance and coordination struggles

    -occasionally see speech impairment

    -socially/cognitively strong

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

    -limited attention span

    -excessive fidgeting

    -impulsive behavior

    -cognitively strong


Successful coaching methods
Successful Coaching Methods

  • No waiting, players should be actively involved always

  • Provide immediate positive reinforcement

  • Repetition is key

  • Build on success


Successful coaching methods1
Successful Coaching Methods

  • Simple and concise directions

  • Use visual cues (keep stable over time)

  • One skill at a time

  • Use their strengths!!!


Successful coaching methods2
Successful Coaching Methods

  • Be flexible!

  • Challenge positively and enthusiastically

  • Ask for parental guidance

  • Stretch your boundaries

  • Watch and learn

! HAVE FUN !


Particular hints
Particular Hints

  • With Autistic Players

    -Instead of pointing at things (goals) touch them (realize joint attention is difficult)

    -Keep visual cues stable over time

    -Repetition is comfort (new situations can sometimes create worry)

    -Be expressive but reduce visual and verbal cues when player is upset

    -avoid over-stimulating and activities with a lot of contact

  • With Cerebral Palsy Players

    -teach one skill at a time

    -build sequential motor movements one at a time depending on strengths

    -repetition/review is key

    -immediate praise


Particular hints1
Particular Hints

  • Down Syndrome

    -understand that comprehension is typically much better than speech

    -pay attention to muscle strength/weakness (short activities)

    -typically learn quite well through imitation

    -build small steps

    -build decision-making into games as comfortable

  • ADHD

    -use the energy in a positive way

    -pay attention to learning styles

    -high energy activities

    -set up nonverbal cues


Practice sessions
Practice Sessions

Group Task #2:

-think of strengths and weaknesses

-think of world through their eyes

-develop a practice session per diagnosis

Homework:

-how mesh these into one session?


Further questions
Further Questions

  • Michael Singleton, M.S.

    Massachusetts Youth Soccer Assoc.

    Director of Coaching

    [email protected]


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