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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


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


-how mesh these into one session?

further questions
Further Questions
  • Michael Singleton, M.S.

Massachusetts Youth Soccer Assoc.

Director of Coaching

[email protected]