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Sam's Blog is a bi-weekly addition to the US Youth Soccer Blog. Sam Snow is the Coaching Director for US Youth Soccer.

 

Consistent Performance

Sam Snow

"My son plays soccer well, when he wants to. The issue is that he is like a roller coaster and has great days, and lackluster days. How do I get more of the great days out of him?"  - Soccer Dad

Consistent match performance is a never-ending effort for players. One can watch a professional team and see dips and rises in the performance of highly talented players. This ‘ebb and flow’ of performance is a natural human characteristic. One must also consider the age and soccer experience of a player. The younger and/or the less experienced player will naturally have more obvious peaks and valleys in game day performance. Research in expert performance, in a variety of fields of endeavor, shows that it takes about 10,000 hours of training and playing to become an expert performer. The clock on the 10,000 hours toward expert performance starts ticking once a basic foundation is laid. That foundation is laid in the U6 to the U12 age groups (Zone 1 of the U.S. Soccer player development pyramid). The expert performance time line begins roughly at the U13 age group; so 10,000 hours is about 10 years of training and playing on a very consistent basis every week. This means a soccer player begins to achieve expert performance in their twenties.

Working toward consistent performance requires a player to go through trial and error as a part of the development process. To an extent ignore poor performance, but praise good performance. This is the behavior we want a player to repeat. Ask the player to replay a good move or a good training session or a good match over again in their head. This will help them imprint the performance in their mind. There is now a chance of it occurring again.

To achieve consistent performance a player must be self-motivated.  Only intrinsic motivation leads to expert abilities!

A soccer club can help establish the right environment for peak performance by continually educating the coaches, administrators and players’ parents on a proper developmental soccer culture, by providing free play (pickup game) opportunities at the club, by hosting skills school evenings, by playing small-sided games, etc.

A parent can help guide a player toward peak performance by teaching and modeling best off-the-field practices; i.e., good eating habits, proper sleep routines, deep hydration habits, personal exercise routines, etc. The parent can encourage the child to practice soccer skills at home. Parents and/or siblings can get out in the yard and play soccer with one another to deepen the passion for the game. Encourage the player to watch soccer on TV and to attend high level soccer matches in person.

But the most important motivating factor for parent to child is for the parent to let the child know that you love watching them play soccer.

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The 50/50 Blog: 2.3.14

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Worldwide Sport

Superbowl

With the Superbowl yesterday it was interesting to find this graph. It just goes to show that soccer is still the number one sport in the entire world.

 


 

USA USA USA

 

The U.S. Men and Women's National Teams both won their game this weekend. The USWNT won 1-0 over rivals Canada and the USWMT defeated South Korea 2-0 to start their World Cup year off right.

 


 

David Beckham Egg Roulette

 

Jimmy Fallon and David Beckham take turns smashing a carton of eggs on their heads in a game of Egg-Roulette.

 


 

In case you missed it

 

USWNTTOP

If you missed it last week, we had four one on one interviews with four U.S. Women's National Team players when they were in town. You can catch them all here.

 

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The 50/50 Blog: 1.31.14

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Abby Wambach gives some advice

 


Rollin' with the U.S. National Soccer Team

 

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This is not how many professional athletes arrive at work, but when the United States Men’s Soccer Team convenes for a training camp, as it has in advance of Saturday’s exhibition match against South Korea, this is how the players roll. Read more here.

 


 

#Emotion

 

 

Brazilian midfielder Hernanes, headed to Inter Milan, couldn't contain his tears when he stopped his car to speak with Lazio fans on his last day with the club. Hernanes, 28, has been a fan favorite since joining Lazio in 2010. Have any of  you been emotional on the last day with your club or team?

 


 

San Jose Earthquakes

 

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On Thursday evening, the team unveiled its new logo and jerseys for the 2014 team season as part of the club's 40th anniversary celebrations. See more here.

 

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The 50/50 Blog: 1.30.14

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Pacesetter Soccer Club Partners with Aston Villa

 

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A US Youth Soccer club, Pacesetter Soccer Club, has announced an official partnership with English Premier League team Aston Villa Football Club. The goal of the partnership is to develop top level soccer players in North America. Read more about the benefits of this partnership.

 


 

One on One with Sydney Leroux

 

With the U.S. Women's National Team in Frisco, Texas, right next to our office, we had the chance to sit down with a few of the players. Here is our one on one sit down with forward Sydney Leroux.

 


 

Friendly Fire

 

Jochem Jansen of Dutch club FC Oss had a bad day -- getting knocked down at midfield by his own teammate's free kick.

 


 

Fantastic Scissor Goal

 

Bayern Munich kept alive its quest to become the first Bundesliga team to go an entire season without a loss with a 2-1 win over VfB Stuttgart that was decided on a brilliant goal by Spaniard Thiago.

 

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