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May 12

May 12 - Ownership - Support - Opportunity 

Our time off the field has provided coaches and players opportunities to connect in ways we never have before.  

During this time, coaches and staff have looked at new ways of delivering soccer digitally.

In the recent past, your child went through the process of developing an Independent Soccer Plan (ISP) with their coach. Now is a great time to take ownership of that plan and figure out how your child is going to take steps to improve and change their game.  

Changing our game does not happen overnight; it is done by creating new habits and pecking away at improvements we can make. Can you help your child take ownership of their development by carving out 20 minutes a day to touch a soccer ball? Twenty minutes may not seem like much, but by developing this habit, changes will occur.  

How do you do this? You have resources available to your family. Here is a process to design a climate to develop intrinsic motivation and change their game.

  1. Have your child grab their ISP and put in their own words what needs to happen
  2. Next, check out our YouTube channel and see if any activities directly address their ISP
  3. Push your child to think about other potential ideas
  4. Have your child try-out the plan they put together
  5. Have them reflect on did it work or not work? Why or why not?
  6. Based on this reflection, decide what is next. Does your child need additional help to design their plan? Can they go back to their plan and make some tweaks on their own?
  7. Give the updated plan another go and repeat the loop.

Don't be too quick to change the plan, but at least every weekly review it.  

We should have three goals for this process:

  • Help your child work through ownership of their plan.
  • Help your child speak-up (by asking you or their coach) when they are stuck.
  • Help your child understand the learning circle through experience (play-reflect-develop-apply)

You and your coach are great resources for your child, but don't let your child off the hook too quickly. Hang in there as they struggle to develop the initial plan. It will take some time, but learning how to create a plan that they own is a great skill they will be able to use time and time again in life.

- Peter Rivard, Technical Director

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