The Stoddert Juniors player development initiative aims to provide a fun and stimulating environment for children in the Under 8 age group. The goal of the program is to teach fundamental soccer skills in small group settings under the guidance and leadership of the club’s professional coaching staff.
We will create an environment that is fun and instills a love of the game of soccer. We will encourage the players to take risks and be creative with the ball that places individual player rather than teams at the center of all training. The Stoddert Juniors program exposes players to a game that emphasizes skill development over team development. We believe that a brand of soccer based on possession will require players to be more technically adept to play all positions while possessing technical skill. Learning will over take precedence over game management on our weekly Play Days. The qualified professional coaching staff will use the technique of Guided Discovery versus command style instruction allowing the kids to make the decision and improve their problem solving ability. Success is determined by learning and fun rather than scores and standings. Our target audience is families that look at the big picture and will not leave the club as their kids improve.
What will the coaches focus on in training?
Individual Player Development. Technical training will be a priority in order to develop the fundamental skills necessary to be successful in later years. Long term skill development is essential. Coaches will introduce tactical decision making, physical development, psychological development while all the time developing a love of the game of soccer.
Do players need to wear anything specific to practice and play days?
Players are asked to wear comfortable sports clothes, soccer socks pulled over their shin pads, and soccer shoes as well as brining and inflated size 4 ball and water to each practice and play day.
What does the Stoddert Juniors expect from parents?
1. Arrange to get your child to training and play days on time
2. Be supportive of your child and fellow Academy members
3. Leave the coaching to the coaches (cheer, but DO NOT COACH)
4. Encourage them to get the ball out on their own free time