Meet Jeff Bateson- Convene Soccer Community Leader
Jeff discusses how players, parents, coaches and referees can use Convene Soccer.
Soccer experiences that are available right now:
Tactical IQ Tests
During practices and games, our teams and players in the Academy may appear to be very disorganized at times. It would be very easy for us as coaches to be “Puppet Masters” and control each movement of our teams. We’d probably win more games this way. However, our ultimate goal is long-term player development. We want our players to leave the Academy ready to tackle (pun intended) the next level.
As players get older the game gets faster, spaces become smaller with more players on the field, and pressure becomes much more intense. There simply isn’t time to listen to a coach’s instructions and react. These Tactical IQ Tests will help your player learn correct choices in certain situations.
Please go through these 3 scenarios with your player. Have them give their answers and back them up as best as they can. I’m very interested in reading what they think!
Tryouts…from a Coach’s Perspective
Every year, millions of children are put through the pressure-filled experience of Tryouts. These children vie for a coveted spot on a competitive team, in a competitive club, with other (competitive) children, in front of competitive coaches…in full view of competitive parents. What a stressful situation, for EVERYONE involved. However, it doesn’t often get perceived in that manner. Most people don’t realize that tryouts are extremely stressful for coaches, too!
This Experience is based on a real-life Facebook post from one of my dear coaching friends. He has been a well-respected coach for 20+ years, ranging in experience from 6yr-olds to high-level college and professional players. To say he has been through many a tryout would be an understatement. I URGE you to read the full, un-edited, post he wrote regarding tryouts – maybe even twice – to gain an insight as to what the VAST majority of coaches think about tryouts. Perhaps more importantly, to read what advice he has for players, parents and administrators.
Things every new soccer (sports in general) parent should know.
Why do new soccer parents need tips?
Over the past 20+ years, I’ve been on both sides of the soccer field. I grew up in our U.S. youth system, played HS soccer at a high level, I’ve been fortunate enough to a college All-American, a former semi-professional player, and now I’m a professional soccer coach of elite level college players and youth academy players just beginning their soccer career. During those 20+ years, I have often find myself counseling parents who want to know how to make their kids “star” athletes and get that coveted college scholarship.
There are many factors/variables that contribute to the success of an athlete that are out of your control as a parent. Fortunately, there are some very critical, common traits that have a lot to do with you. As a parent, it’s important to realize the pivotal role you can play in aiding your child become a successful athlete – and in turn, a successful person in life.