Monday, September 28, 2009
From the Position Statements of the 55 state Technical Directors:
PRIORITIES OF COACHING No. 12
We recommend the prioritization of events by coaches:
· Objectives are identified and a season plan is developed that balances training, competition along with rest and recovery.
· The interest of the player must be dictated by the quality of scheduling and the choice of events.
· Entering all the possible competitions/tournaments available can have a long lasting negative impact on basic skill and fitness development.
· A systematic approach will maximize the chances of achieving peak performance by bringing players to peak form for important competitions and minimize the chances for over-training, over-use injuries and burnout.
· We recommend at a minimum the following training session to match ratios:
- U6-U8 1:1
- U10-U12 2:1
- U14-U19 3:1
· In order for an athlete to adapt (improve technical, tactical and psychological components) there must be periods of low intensity activity or complete rest interspersed with periods of high intensity activity.
· "More is not better." Quantity alone does not improve quality; soccer should be a test of skill not survival.
· Practicing or playing in matches where players are "going through the motions" due to fatigue or lack of interest reinforce bad habits and retard development.
· Sound nutrition and ample rest allow for more rapid recovery from intense activity.