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60 minutes | Nov 15, 2018
Ep. 23: Creating A Club Culture That People Seek Out Instead Of Settle For
Do us a huge favor, please subscribe to our show and leave us a review. In the 30 seconds it takes we will be able to directly impact more coaches and organizations by seeming more important in the eyes of the tech gods. We don't know how it all works but we humbly thank you for your support!Topic: Club CultureEpisode 23: with guest Sean AfkhaminiaIn today's episode of Between The Posts we tackle a hot topic circulating coaching organizations in the ongoing discussion around creating a unique club culture. Guest Sean Afkhaminia of the Footy Factory is a prime guest to be discussing what he and his staff seek to do each season in Texas communities. | BE THE CLUB THEY SEEK OUT, NOT SETTLE FOR |Today's episode will add value to every listener no matter whether you are a player, coach, parent, or fan. Today's episode will be the one we know you will quickly want to send to others, it's just that good! Here's a glimpse into episode 23 and what you can expect as you listen and what you can take back to your organization:Create a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment for players, parents, coaches, & fansCreating a positive club image in your communityThe attraction of new members or sponsors; a challenge of all programs.The club becoming a place where people want to spend their time not just settle for.The club becoming more respected by the community and other clubs.Check out Sean and the Footy Factory here to learn more about how they're revamping soccer in Texas communities: https://www.footyfactory.us/Do you know someone who should be considered as a guest on our show? Email me at email@example.com
61 minutes | Oct 24, 2018
Ep. 22: The Small-Sided Approach With Large Results | Part 2 |
Part 2 continues the genius of great coaching which is making hard work FUN! When planning your practices they must duplicate the excitement of the game. As coaching educators we must create an environment which forces players to make their own decisions. We must create an atmosphere where players are allowed to teach themselves and provide a practice that develops instinctive attacking and defending habits. One of the many strategies we as coaches should be using more often across youth fields are small-sided games. The impact small-sided games vs alternative methods can have on your players is hard to disagree with if introduced appropriately. In today's episode "Koach Karl" joins us to dive deeper into the methodology behind small-sided games and why he believes so deeply in a FUNdamental approach to player development.Want to read more from "Koach Karl"? For many more wonderful resources, or a closer look into the 9 Step approach to practices visit Karl online: www.fundamentalsoccer.com
62 minutes | Oct 10, 2018
Ep. 21: The Small-Sided Approach With Large Results | Part 1 |
The genius of good coaching is to make hard work seem like FUN! When planning your practices they must duplicate the excitement of the game. As coaching educators we must create an environment which forces players to make their own decisions. We must create an atmosphere where players are allowed to teach themselves and provide a practice that develops instinctive attacking and defending habits. One of the many strategies we as coaches should be using more often across youth fields are small-sided games. The impact small-sided games vs alternative methods can have on your players is hard to disagree with if introduced appropriately. In today's episode "Koach Karl" joins us to dive deeper into the methodology behind small-sided games and why he believes so deeply in a FUNdamental approach to player development.Want to read more from "Koach Karl"? For many more wonderful resources, or a closer look into the 9 Step approach to practices visit Karl online: www.fundamentalsoccer.com
52 minutes | Sep 27, 2018
Ep. 20: The Last 9 Seconds & Our Guarantee Of More Goals | With John DeBenedictis |
Today's episode of Between The Posts we hold a special conversation with guest John DeBenedictus of The Last 9 Seconds. John DeBenedictis has traveled throughout North America presenting his unique lecture on scoring goals. He was one of the keynote speakers at the NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America) Coaching Convention in Indianapolis in 2013 speaking to a standing room only crowd of over 500 coaches. He was also a guest speaker at the NSCAA conventions in 2004 in Charlotte, North Carolina, and 2005 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. In 2007, DeBenedictis was invited to speak in Santa Clara, California for the California Youth Soccer Association’s annual coaching conference and convention. John holds the unique distinction of having spoken to the largest soccer coaching audience by any Canadian born coach. Over 1,000 coaches attended his sessions at the conference in Baltimore. John is in his 40th year of coaching and has coached at all levels including internationally. He also ran his own soccer camps with Tony Waiters, former English International goalkeeper and Canadian National Team coach. He played goalkeeper for York University helping them win the National Title in 1977. He signed a semi-professional contract in a professional league called the "National Soccer League" with Toronto Ukrania. DeBenedictis completed his Honors Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Physical and Health Education as well as earning an advanced certificate of coaching from York University. He holds an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and a CSA Pre B Provincial License. He has extended his studies by doing extensive research into the cognitive processes used for performing tasks as it relates to perceptual motor-muscular learning. He has focused his research to include studying visual motion perception as it relates to different situations that soccer players encounter. DeBenedictis also studied super-star athletes from a variety of sports to see what they did differently in their human perception motor-muscular development process. His findings are unique and different when combined with the goalkeeper’s point of view on stopping goals. All this information formed the basis for his unique course, which led him to seek out different soccer facts that have helped players understand what it takes to be a great striker. He was able to take his experience as a goalkeeper as well as his coaching experience in dealing with adolescent athletes and blend it in with sports psychology to develop a program that will connect with the athlete in delivering the powerful information derived from his research and findings. DeBenedictis was also the first coach to bring the Wiel Coerver Dribbling and Ball Possession techniques to Canada demonstrating the techniques across Ontario to coaches and players. DeBenedictis also produced a video on Ball Possession and Dribbling techniques geared to North American kids which are being re-issued and re-edited and some segments are out on YouTube. Many of the players he has coached or instructed went on to play professional soccer in Canada, the USA, and Europe. He has also written numerous coaching articles for soccer publications and sport psychology websites across North America. Some of his articles have been instrumental in introducing change in player development programs with soccer clubs across North America. DeBenedictis is the author of the book, "The Last 9 Seconds" which just came out in 2013 and the primary point of discussion during today's episode! For more information about John, to buy his book, or if you're considering to host John for "The Golden Goal Scoring Course", and so many other wonderful resources you can find out more here: http://www.thelast9seconds.com
59 minutes | Sep 19, 2018
Ep. 19: The Footy Factory Philosophy with Guest Sean Afkhaminia
Article Written By Caleb Wossen of The Dallas Observer: https://www.dallasobserver.com/arts/a-new-soccer-school-is-redirecting-the-focus-from-winning-to-technique-to-the-dismay-of-some-8951088 "Most training sessions for youth soccer feature a dozen or more players engaged in rigorous group exercises and fitness tests, mirroring the sport’s homonymous counterpart, football. Practice at Footy Factory, based in Addison, TX more closely resembles a martial arts or improv session. Players ranging from kindergartners to high school seniors scrimmage in groups of three or four per session and occasionally one is pulled aside to polish a flaw in technique. During these drills, little to no reference is made to games or competition. This is by design, says founder and CEO Sean Afkhaminia. The goal of Footy Factory is to revolutionize American youth soccer with training that is individualized and focused on developing specific skills by taking the focus and pressure off winning. “We’re trying to develop players, and no else is doing that [in Texas],” Afkhaminia said. “What’s going on in Dallas is that a lot of the big clubs will take parents’ money and put them on a team, they’ll practice twice a week for an hour, and then play a game on the weekend. It’s not enough. There’s no player development going on here.” Footy Factory is trying to work against the prevailing mindset that the purpose of playing team sports is to pad a resume for college. The attitude of Footy Factory's coaches recalls soccer clubs in Europe that incubate students for years without interruption. In conversation, Afkhaminia refers to his philosophy of passion trumping hard work. He insists that no person is born with natural talent, citing Daniel Coyle’s 2009 book The Talent Code. Afkhaminia specifically disagrees with the bias favoring athleticism and winning records over skill, and he wants Footy Factory to help eager, young players who lack the access or funds to continue developing their craft. Players train three times a week, while members of the club’s various teams practice twice a week and play a game on the weekend. As students grow older, the number of games played per week increases, but training is the highest priority. “Right now, individual training is always last,” Afkhaminia said. “It’s something that happens after their team practices and games, but that should be their main work so they can take what they know and apply it outside.” Jude Anuwe, who became a Footy Factory coach in early 2015, majored in biology and physiology at the University of Texas at Dallas. He's helped create a scientific foundation for the company's ethics and regimen. It's all rooted in proprioception or the science of body awareness in space. The plan is to mold players who are able to move more efficiently and better prevent injury. “Nowadays, you see a particular type of soccer player,” Anuwe said. “Guys pirouetting on the spot, overhead kicks — all of these skills are only mastered if you have a strong core, know where your body is in space, and master your balance. Can we move in a functional way?” Afkhaminia founded Footy Factory in late 2014 after graduating with a degree in business from West Texas A&M University. Feeling dissatisfied with the school’s soccer program, Afkhaminia briefly managed a soccer club before assuming coaching duties at Shelton High School, there realizing an idea that would evolve into Footy Factory. For more info on Sean and the Footy Factory philosophy we invite you to check them out on their website as well as social media platforms! https://www.footyfactory.us/
64 minutes | Sep 6, 2018
Ep. 18: Why We Need More Leaders! With Former US National Team Staff Coach Graham Ramsay
Episode 18 comes to us from guest Graham Ramsay of the Soccer School (est. 1969) on a topic that coach Ramsay has written about many times as a guest on multiple soccer blogs, coaching websites, and global publications. After a busy summer covering the World Cup, coach Ramsay's take on soccer in the US is not only a valid one but also one of great knowledge based on his many years as a national team staff member. On a sidenote from your host: Coach Ramsay is brilliant, his perspective on US Soccer couldn't be more accurate and more worth the listeners time. We face a moment of reflection in the US as a soccer loving nation and Coach Ramsay offers a perspective steeped in expereince at every level on the pitch and off. He's the type of leaders we all can look to for guidance! He's the type of leader we need to create in our players! In a message to other coaches through his own weekly publishment coach Ramsay writes: Dear All, From observing a college try-out and a month of World Cup soccer we are in dire need of producing "LEADERS". That are players who can read the play and the game that can rearrange the tactics of the team to inflict damage on our opponents. The coach is too important and often too far away from the critical zone that needs attention. The two areas of recent concern was watching a college try-out where there was next to no coaching of each other. Most of the coaching was of the limp/meek variety. Compare that with a pro example of young players and the commitment is total. The demanding of both effort and coaching of each other is audible across the pitch. At a higher level players, especially the captains, have to recognize the changing mood of a game and adapt your tactics to counter your opponents game. England fell into this trap versus Croatia. This can be done jointly between the captain and the coach and change on the fly. This means the captain & coach must have a great relationship. The best example I can think of is the relationship between Bill Nicholson, coach of Tottenham and Danny Blanchflower, captain & leader of Spurs. Nicholson had total trust in Blanchflower who often made tactical changes without telling his coach. A very rare & talented pair. We need to create a lot of Danny Blachflower's if this country aspires to make a mark on the game. GOOD LUCK & GREAT SOCCER, Graham Ramsay, The Soccer School (est.1969)
40 minutes | Aug 30, 2018
Ep. 17: The Biggest Myth In Goalkeeping | Will This Myth Be Busted? |
It may come as a shock to a lot of people, but being a goalkeeper is actually relatively simple. Many people, either keepers desperate to learn the ‘secrets’ of becoming the best keeper they can be or parents trying to push a coach to teach their child the “advanced training”. The myth: There are “Secret training techniques” only used by the professionals. The truth is that there is no secret advanced training out there that magically takes a keeper from zero to hero. In fact, goalkeeper training stays pretty much the same throughout a keepers career. Whether you’re a professional or just starting out, you’ll be practicing pretty much the same stuff. The difference is that the professionals train these training drills at higher a pace and shot strength which requires higher levels of physical fitness and greater command of technique. This might seem unfortunate to some people but there are two ways to look at it: You can see this as a negative - No, there isn’t a “magic bullet” that will help you make huge differences in your ability as a keeper. The training stays the same no matter the level. Bad news if you’re not comfortable training at your current level. Or, you can see this as a HUGE positive! The training stays the same no matter the level - this means if you are comfortable and successful with your training at your current level, then you should have no problem moving onwards and upwards with your goalkeeping career. Of course, you have to stand out from the crowd and only the best keepers will ever make it to the top level of the game BUT you already know the steps to get there, you train them almost every day. To hear the rest of the story tune in to this weeks podcast! Would you consider subscribing to our Podcast Between The Posts? In subscribing to our show you're helping other coaches, players, and parents find our episodes and learn from our content!
55 minutes | Aug 22, 2018
Ep. 16: Listen, Your Goalkeepers Will Save Their Next Spot Kick (Penalty Kick)
Episode 16: How Can Your Keepers Save Their Next Spot Kick (penalty kick)? Between the Posts episodes are all about inspiration, education, and motivation to help you the coach, player, parent, or fan be a better version of yourself on the pitch or sideline! My name is Tyler Vaughan and this is the podcast devoted to goalkeepers and coaches bringing you the most relevant topics discussed weekly to help you tackle each season's challenges. It doesn’t matter whether your a veteran coach or new to coaching, we strive to deliver a variety of topics and strategies for everyone! This week we’re going to change things up and deliver a bit of a more focused episode that came to us in the form of a question from one of our very own listeners. Last week Brendan emailed in a question regarding penalty save strategies for his son who is a goalkeeper. Brendan writes: Tyler, my son has struggled with saving penalties during his club games. Though PK’s don’t happen all that often they somehow always end up defining the outcome of the games he’s in. As a parent, we’ve told him that it’s really not a situation where keepers are expected to make saves. As you can imagine he struggled with that response which I get. My question is this, are there methods, strategies, or even ways to help him have a better chance of saving the next PK? Or is this just a matter of guessing which way to dive and going for it? I’ve got a 14-year-old who hopes you have the secret sauce! Today's episode tackles this question and more as we introduce some great strategies for approaching the spot kick as a goalkeeper. After a World Cup full of penalty kicks we certainly saw how these short moments can have massive implications on the outcomes of a result and who moves on or goes home. It's really no different at the youth levels anymore, penalty kicks can define matches and send some players home disappointed while others celebrate. But, is that really a fair position to be in as a goalkeeper? Is it really even a save your supposed to make? In today's episode, we will introduce a few strategies backed by years of experience and... you guessed it...SCIENCE! We typically don't like to rely on our understanding of human anatomy but in today's episode we will push the boundaries of our knowledge and introduce a full proof way to make your next penalty a save! Goalkeepers aren't expected to save penalty kicks. The stats say 1 out of 10 PK's is a save. So this means that keepers should take these moments as opportunities to be the hero of the team as opposed to carrying the burden of a situation that truly has their backs against a wall. After today's podcast episode you or your keeper will have the confidence to be the hero their team needs the next time they're faced with a 12-yard moment! Questions or Feedback about the show? Want to be considered for one of our upcoming episodes? Reach out to Tyler at firstname.lastname@example.org and he'll get back to you! Don't forget, because you're a loyal listener you earn instance savings on your next pair of Renegade GK gloves. Just use code BTP20 at checkout on www.renegade-gk.com.
58 minutes | Aug 15, 2018
Ep. 15: The 5 Habits Of Effective Coaches
Topic: The 5 habits of truly effective Coaches What are the things that great coaches do every day that makes them great? Is it their ability to inspire, to educate, or to Motivate? On today’s episode of Between the Posts, we will tackle the 5 habits of effective coaches giving you a few things to think about as you prepare for your next coaching season. 1. Make training more challenging and more demanding than the game you face each week. Great coaches realize that competition is not the time to find out where your athletes’ physical and mental limits are. Training needs to be more challenging and more demanding – physically, mentally, technically, tactically, emotionally – than the competition your athletes are preparing for. 2. Never cease to Learn and develop as a coach faster than the players you’re coaching. Great coaches realize that success is a moving target and to stay relevant they must be committed to life-long learning, honest personal and professional evaluation and continuous improvement. 3. Accelerate your rate of learning faster than your opposition. The Internet has ensured that there are no secrets in our sport. Everyone knows what you know. Anyone can get anything, anytime, anywhere and for free. Everyone is learning something every day. Great coaches understand this and strive to accelerate their rate of learning faster than their opposing coaches. 4. Enhance your creative thinking skills. Creativity is the defining difference between good coaches and great coaches. Ironically, creativity is the one thing that we are robbing our players of in youth sports. 5. Coach individuals – even in team sports. There are no true team sports left anymore. Every significant moment in every sport boils down to “person vs person” and with performance analysis now at the level of millimeters and fractions of seconds, every athlete’s strengths and weaknesses are well known by their opposition. For more great resources, episodes, and content like you've heard here please check us out at www.renegade-gk.com. If you have any questions, feedback, or would like to be considered as a guest on an upcoming episode of Between The Posts we encourage you to reach out to Tyler via email: email@example.com.
43 minutes | Aug 8, 2018
Ep. 14: So, You Want To Play College Soccer? |Part 2 of 2|
Topic: How To Play College Soccer On today's episode of Between The Posts we welcome back for the second part of last weeks episode Bradley Morrison. Bradley is a current Division 1 collegiate coach, former youth state director, and all around top-level coach who we're humbled to have on the show. For those of you that weren't able to tune in last week and get to know coach Bradley he has a wonderful perspective and brings an all-around unique view to the podcast that will leave listeners full of energy and information to get the process of playing at the collegiate level started. Bradley's history on both sides of this table delivers sound advice that he's learned from his many years as both a youth state director now through his time as a collegiate coach. With rules, regulations, do's and don'ts constantly changing Bradley is an expert whose opinion you can trust and follow with confidence. In a world where technology provides a unique vantage point for college coaches into the player profile, we tackle some key ideas around standing out amongst the crowd and how your player can differentiate themselves from others. Here are the facts, yes, seeking to play college soccer is achievable for most young athletes, but, it's critical that the process is given the time needed to make these goals come true. It is also extremely important and covered in today's episode that both players, parents, and coaches develop a realistic approach and respect for this process. The numbers, unfortunately, don't lie: the NCAA estimates that out of approximately 450,000 male players only a total of 25,000 ends up participating in college soccer. For female athletes, out of an estimated 400,000 players, only 27,000 end up playing college soccer. The positive for today's listeners is that Bradley provides a very detailed, yet simple roadmap to get your young college hopeful from their freshmen year of High School through signing day their senior year. With Bradley's wealth of knowledge and unique perspective, we know today's Part 2 episode will impact our listeners by giving them the tools to be successful along their own personalized college soccer journey. For more information other wonderful soccer related topics facing our coaches and players please check out Coach Bradley's website: http://tacticscorner.com/
51 minutes | Aug 1, 2018
Ep. 13: So, You Want To Play College Soccer? |Part 1 of 2|
Topic: How To Play College Soccer On today's episode of Between The Posts we welcome on Bradley Morrison, Division 1 collegiate coach, former youth state director, and all around top-level coach. Bradley has a wonderful perspective and brings an all-around unique view to the podcast that will leave listeners full of energy and information to get the process of playing at the collegiate level started. Bradley's history on both sides of this table delivers sound advice that he's learned from his years as both a youth state director now through his time as a collegiate coach. With rules, regulations, do's and don'ts constantly changing Bradley is an expert whose opinion you can trust and follow with confidence. In a world where technology provides a unique vantage point for college coaches into the player profile, we tackle some key ideas around standing out amongst the crowd and how your player can differentiate themselves from others. Here are the facts, yes, seeking to play college soccer is achievable for most young athletes, but, it's critical that the process is given the time needed to make these goals come true. It is also extremely important and covered in today's episode that both players, parents, and coaches develop a realistic approach and respect for this process. The numbers, unfortunately, don't lie: the NCAA estimates that out of approximately 450,000 male players only a total of 25,000 ends up participating in college soccer. For female athletes, out of an estimated 400,000 players, only 27,000 end up playing college soccer. The positive for today's listeners is that Bradley provides a very detailed, yet simple roadmap to get your young college hopeful from their freshmen year of High School through signing day their senior year. With Bradley's wealth of knowledge and unique perspective, we know today's episode will impact our listeners by giving them the tools to be successful along the college journey. For more information other wonderful soccer related topics facing our coaches and players please check out Coach Bradley's website: http://tacticscorner.com/
70 minutes | Jul 25, 2018
Ep. 12: Series FINALE With Coach Karl | A Mini Series - Part 2.2 |
Did you miss the first few episodes in our mini series with "Koach" Karl Dewazien? Prior to listening to Episode 12 feel free to learn more about "Koach" Karl on his "About" page here: https://fundamentalsoccer.com/koach-karl-2 Today we wrap up our world class mini-series with "Koach" Karl Dewazien centered around his "9 Steps Practice Routine". The finale of our opening episodes where Tyler and Karl dive deep into the first half of practice covering topics from the 5 principles of Attacking and Defending to a simple yet effective way to break down the field into thirds, structuring practices like games, and having a clear player focused approach to training. For those of you who have tuned in to our earlier episodes we hope you have enjoyed the time we spent with Karl and humbly want to thank you for lending us your ear! Check out a recap below on the "9 Steps" that come to a close in today's episode. 9 Step Practice Routine: Begin Practice: Demo & Explanation of Theme Warm-Up: Figure 8 Stretching One + One: Cooperative Game One vs One: Competitive Game Half-Time Routine Small Sided Game(s): Cooperative & Competitive Scrimmage: Cooperative & Competitive Cool-Down:Physical End Practice: Review & Compliment Don't forget to check our Koach Karl's website for more information and content! He's a true front-runner in impacting this generation as well as future generations of players in the United States! https://fundamentalsoccer.com/
72 minutes | Jul 18, 2018
Ep. 11 The 9 Steps To Practice With Coach Karl | A Mini Series - Part 2.1 |
Want to know more about Koach Karl Dewazien prior to listening to Episode 11? Check out Koach Karl Dewazien's "About Us" page here: https://fundamentalsoccer.com/koach-karl-2 Today we continue our mini-series with Coach Karl Dewazien former California State Director around his "9 Steps To Practice Routine". A continuation of our opening episodes where Tyler and Karl now begin to tackle the second half of practice. Today's episode picks up with the half time mindset in your training sessions and then begins to take a closer look at Step 6, small sided games. Here's a recap on the first half of practice that we discussed in past episodes: Begin Practice: Demo & Explanation of Theme Warm-Up: Figure 8 Stretching One + One: Cooperative Game One vs One: Competitive Game Don't forget to check our Koach Karl's website for more information and content! He's a true front-runner in impacting this generation as well as future generations of players in the United States! https://fundamentalsoccer.com/
48 minutes | Jul 4, 2018
Ep 10. The 9 Steps To Practice With Coach Karl | A Mini Series - Part 1.3 |
Want to know more about Koach Karl Dewazien prior to listening to Episode 10? Check out Koach Karl's "About Us" page here: https://fundamentalsoccer.com/koach-karl-2 Today we continue our mini-series with Coach Karl Dewazien around his "9 Steps To Practice Routine". A continuation of our opening episodes where Tyler and Karl dive deeper into the first half of practice covering topics from the 5 principles of Attacking and Defending to a simple yet effective way to break down the field into thirds. Today's episode picks up with our duty as a coach to encourage creativity in players as well as empowering players to take charge of their development away from the pitch. Karl dives into how parents can get involved with player growth outside of the training pitch as well as how we should allow players to "create" their own environment leading to creativity and growth! A recap on the first half of practice that will be discussed in today's episode: Begin Practice: Demo & Explanation of Theme Warm-Up: Figure 8 Stretching One + One: Cooperative Game One vs One: Competitive Game Don't forget to check our Koach Karl's website for more information and content! He's a true front-runner in impacting this generation as well as future generations of players in the United States! https://fundamentalsoccer.com/
59 minutes | Jun 27, 2018
Ep. 9: The 9 Steps To Practice With Coach Karl | A Mini Series - Part 1.2 |
"The outcome of our children is INFINITELY MORE IMPORTANT than the outcome of any game they will ever play!" - Koach Karl Dewazien In today's mini-series we continue with Coach Karl Dewazien around his "9 Steps To Practice". A continuation of our opening episode where Tyler and Karl dive deeper into the first half of practice covering topics from the 5 principles of Attacking and Defending to a simple yet effective way to break down the field into thirds. A recap on the first half of practice that will be discussed in today's episode: Begin Practice: Demo & Explanation of Theme Warm-Up: Figure 8 Stretching One + One: Cooperative Game One vs One: Competitive Game
55 minutes | Jun 21, 2018
Ep. 8: The 9 Steps To Practice With Coach Karl | A Mini Series - Part 1.1 |
On today's episode of Between The Posts, we welcome notable youth soccer coach, past California State Director of 30 years, and new friend of the show Coach Karl Dewazien. Coach Karl brings a wealth of knowledge, expertise, and a unique perspective that every listener can gain from tuning in. Coach Karl will be on the show over the next few weeks discussing his "9 Steps To Practice" in a 6 episode mini-series that will introduce our listeners to many wonderful principles of coaching that he and others have developed over decades of coaching at all levels. Another winner in the FUNdamental series of books written by coach Karl Dewazien. The “9-Step Practice” offers a unique child-centered approach that certainly works with younger players but also incorporates strategies that work across all ages of players and skill levels. Don't lose focus for one minute during this episode and those that follow in this mini-series as Coach Karl delivers gold nuggets around every turn!
61 minutes | Jun 13, 2018
Ep. 7: UEFA A Licensed Coach Tom Poole: Integrating Goalkeepers Into Team Training
Main Topic: How can coaches integrate goalkeepers into their team training sessions? As coaches, we are all fortunate at some point in our careers to have certain conversations with other guys and gals that leave us inspired to be a better version of ourselves. On each episode of Between The Posts our goal is to offer that conversation to our listeners. On today's episode, Tyler speaks with one of the most accomplished young coaches in today's youth game. Currently fresh off of earning his UEFA A license coach Tom Poole of Denver Colorado drops in to discuss one of the topics that coaches of all levels face each season, integrating goalkeepers into training sessions. Tom takes you through a very well organized and detailed breakdown of some of the most critical, and, easiest ways to incorporate goalkeepers into your sessions next season. Points of Discussion: 1. Distribution exercises 2. Playing out of the back 3. 1 v 1 finishing 4. Possession-oriented drills that seek to divide the lines and penetrate to goal 5. Counter-attacking 6. Flighted balls and set pieces - Defensive and Attacking - How do you evaluate your GKs? - So many other areas to GK than just saving shots. - Playing out of the back, modern trend but not common at youth level, again integrating field work so GKs are a playing option in games. -Finishing phase, high-quality reps, and intensity, how to make it game realistic? - Possession based work again comes down to the efficiency with a ball at your feet, willingness to break lines. GK can settle or unnerve a game with their presence and technical ability - Dealing with crosses, style of play, judgment and depth perception - How can coaches integrate GKs into their training session? - Ultimately, it comes down to what you and your clubs playing style as well as philosophy is for goalkeeping.
67 minutes | Jun 6, 2018
Ep. 6: Seeking Perfection & It's Impact On Identifying Youth Talent In Modern Soccer
Topic: Seeking Perfection & Its Impact On Identifying Youth Talent In Modern Soccer General Stats: - Perfectionism is increasing over time: A meta-analysis of birth cohort differences from 1989 to 2016. 2 out of 5 children today were considered to display perfectionist tendencies. - Journalist Amanda Ruggeri writes for the BBC, “Perfectionism, after all, is an ultimately self-defeating way to move through the world. It is built on an excruciating irony: making, and admitting, mistakes is a necessary part of growing and learning and being human. It also makes you better at your career and relationships and life in general. By avoiding mistakes at any cost, a perfectionist can make it harder to reach their own lofty goals.” - According to Anxiety BC: Perfectionism robs our children of the youth sports experience and develops long-term anxiety that can be damaging to the brain and body. It also teaches our children to have an unhealthy view of the world. “Perfectionism is not about having high standards, as some argue. It is about having unrealistic ones.” Coaches: - What is the most common mistake coaches and recruiters are making? - Where do you think this idea of the Perfect Player has come from? - What impact do you think this may be having on soccer development in the US? Players: - Even players nowadays think they need to be the perfectionist athlete. This is an athlete who has attached his or her identity to their achievements, or lack thereof. And being perfection focused instead of process oriented can be the downfall of many a young athlete. - In today’s game we are all flooded with social media, TV, and brilliant highlights of feats of perfection, but, what happens when young players begin to strive for the TV version of someone else? - Are we losing true talent at the individual level because players are making decisions not based on circumstances but instead what they’ve seen on TV? - How can Coaches encourage players to remain play within themselves Parents: - As a parent and coach, it can be frustrating, heartbreaking, and even at times a bit embarrassing watching your athlete struggle and act out after a mistake. - “The will to compete is great, but not when one loses sight of the process, and is only focused on outcomes.” 5 Tips For Parents 1. Communicate honestly and openly with your child during unemotional times. Address the symptoms with him or her and define the problem. 2. Help your child to turn the perfectionist thoughts into process thoughts. Instead of looking at the outcome or product, the frame of view should be in the process. What did you do well in this process? How else could you have done it? 3. Praise and encourage our children based on effort, not outcomes. If we only celebrate the wins or praise the outcomes, they begin to think that is what matters most. They think they are only valued when they do well, and that winning is what matters. Instead of saying “Nice goals today,” say “all that extra work you have been doing after practice on your shooting really paid off today, didn’t it?” 4. Use celebrities from their sport as examples to give your child a different perspective. Michael Jordan has openly talked about the thousands of game-winning shots he missed. How many strikeouts did Babe Ruth have? How many shots did Abby Wambach take and miss on the big stage? Every sport has numerous athletes who have failed and learned from it or recovered from it. 5. Be a model of excellence seeking for your athletes. Be willing to make your own mistakes. Then be willing to admit you made them and laugh them off so your child sees how to properly handle a mistake. Children learn so much more by watching us.
53 minutes | May 31, 2018
Ep. 5: What Happens When They Score Against You? | Positive Thinking For Goalkeepers (& Loris Karius) |
In today's episode we tackle the all to often experience we as goalkeepers have all gone through. As keepers, we all know that sinking feeling that comes whenever we have to pick the ball out of the back of our net. We failed at our job. The other team scored a goal and it's all YOUR fault. That's it. The game is lost... ...but is it? A goalkeeper is probably under the most pressure of any other player on the pitch. When you do your job, sometimes nobody will notice - but when a shot gets the better of you, you're public enemy number one. It's the nature of the job. You WILL let in goals at some point. The important thing is preparing for when that happens. But don't worry, I'm here to help. So consider this goalkeeper's therapy. Soccer is as much a mental game as it is physical. Looking for more quality content like this? Follow us on all major social media channels for more of the great education we deliver here to your ears! Questions or thoughts on how we can improve the next Between The Posts Episode? Or, are you a passionate Keeper, Coach, or Parent? We'd love to hear from you, shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let's get the conversation going!
30 minutes | May 23, 2018
Ep. 4: Five Tips Every Coach Should Know About Training Goalkeepers
In today's episode, Tyler discusses 5 key ideas every coach should know when supporting your team's goalkeeper. With today's podcast, we seek to include a few specific concepts that any coach, parent, or volunteer can communicate to their goalkeepers this season in order to encourage proper catching technique, communicating to teammates, and controlling their area to name a few. With everything, we introduce we encourage all listeners to really embrace the challenges that we all know exist when working with that one position on the field that doesn't quite make sense unless you've done it. We know that the challenges so many coaches face when supporting their team's goalkeeper is simply a lack of comfort with what they should be doing or saying. We hope to give you a few bite-size points to start to look for and convey to your team's goalie. We have all faced those key moments in a game where the goalkeeper became exposed and beaten yet as a coach we weren't quite sure how to educate them for the next opportunity. With these 5 simple topics, you can now start to encourage keepers to focus on these 5 pillars of goalkeeping to not only take their game to the next level but to also take your team to the next level. To be a goalkeeper is a lonely task on the pitch, as coaches, we want to empower you to connect, instruct, and support your keepers with a new found confidence and guidance that we hope to instill after spending some time with us during this episode.
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