When a parent wants their child to get better education, they look into the schools and cities that have good school systems. Parents know that they have to teach (reinforce) at home for their kids to have a better chance to be more successful in the future. This is true regardless of topic – sports or academics. You’re not going to leave all the education to the teacher or coaches. The kids need more than just teachers and coaches, especially for mechanics / form. Sports coaches that teach mechanics are going to give dedicated kids things to work on their own. Soccer needs to stress this fact more, so kids know how to kick and control the ball better.
Learning to teach kids the importance of sports mechanics
Below there are ways you can help your athlete learn more and learn faster about proper form. Proper mechanics are vital! Some kids think that the parents don’t know about sports, so here is what you can do. Spend time together learning so that way it’s not the parent telling the kid, but it’s both learning together.
For those parents who have kids that think you don’t know about sports. Don’t take it personal! You could be Pele but if you’re the “dad” or “mom” at some point to the kids, you don’t know right like the coach. Some parents do know a lot, because they either played or coached for a living or in college. If your kids are being difficult then tell them this “I read from Coach Jeremie on his blog” and remind them that this is the #6 top ranked soccer blog in America and top 20 in the world.
Working together to teach soccer mechanics
Take a look below and find tons of ways to help yourself or your players! I teach skills more than 99.9% of coaches in America and I find that most select players don’t even know what mechanics are. So together we will teach them!
Mechanics in sports [soccer is behind]
Just the other day I was talking to the dad of one of my non-soccer athletes about the importance of sports that teach mechanics. Being a baseball guy and his son football and baseball, he totally understood what mechanics mean to a player. I help this particular athlete with speed and strength.
This is missing in soccer more than the other sports. If you have been around sports like baseball, tennis, golf then you know what mechanics are. In those sports you have to have good technique to be good, whereas sports like American football, if you are not the quarterback, you don’t really need to hear that much about mechanics as compared to baseball, golf or tennis. In youth football, soccer or even basketball you can be one of the best with pure athleticism & hustle. This changes in college and pro, because at that higher level you also need technique or you’ll sit the bench.
The difference between the trained & the untrained
Many young athletes are getting specialized training to improve overall performance, which by high school there is a pretty big gap between the “Trained” and the “Un-Trained”. Some of you know what I’m talking about & some of you don’t because of your age and experience in watching sports in the past 10 years. If you are in your 30s then you probably can’t remember getting private lessons, or even your friends getting them.
Now compared to 15 years ago, players are getting private lessons and specialized skills training like crazy. The sad thing in soccer is people think they are getting “skills training” but they are getting watered down training. Some are offering “skills training” but doing 1v1s, standing in lines and doing corny skill drills. That’s not technical training and it’s not fixing mechanics/form.
10 sports that know the term mechanics more than soccer
- Football (American)
What if your mechanics are bad?
A coach can have a bunch of skill drills that are good, but what if the players use the wrong form over and over? This might be one of the worst things that can happen to a player, but it can be fixed. Practicing something over and over is going to teach certain muscle memory that is either going to be good or bad. In my experience from teaching players in 1on1 sessions, even the best coached kids are not getting enough details to know proper mechanics (form).
Learn proper soccer mechanics to pass & shoot
Ask your child or Players This Question to see if they Listen or are even being taught this at practice: What are Mechanics? At this point I am shocked when someone knows. Listen I train players who have amazing youth coaches, but the kids still don’t know those small tips that help in a BIG way.
5 best youth soccer areas in America
There’s not technically a top 5, but I have looked into this for years and Southern California, North Texas, NY/NJ, Northern Virginia and Michigan. Consistently produce youth national team players and top club teams. California, DC and NY are so diverse with people from all over the world that they get a high concentration of people who know about soccer. Texas is so competitive [with the everything has to be bigger thing] that they will make sure they are getting the best of whatever they do. But still coaches don’t have time to teach everything kids need to have the best chance.
Most of the select players that come to me are from the Dallas/Fort Worth, but some come from other states. Most of these players are playing for big clubs so getting better coaching than most players. One thing I want them to know is proper mechanics and knowing what that is. So I ask them “What are mechanics in soccer terms?” Kids answer usually like this: 1) Skills, 2) Technique or 3) The people who work on cars ha-ha. At least they want to answer. Because many of the students look embarrassed and don’t know.
Better mechanics than your competition?
Coaches, if you want to be better than your competition then teach your players mechanics and exact parts of the foot to connect with the ball. They will love you forever because you will be the only one teaching them this. Unless they also come to Global Futbol Training too. That means the kids are getting double knowledge! Sports that teach mechanics are who soccer needs to look at in terms of how they are teaching mechanics and keeping the players motivated to keep doing the right things.
It’s not the Coaches Fault when players don’t know these things, because you have to understand that coaches have SO MUCH to Teach in such a short amount of time. This is why players who get extra specialized training improve faster. A Team Coaches’ main focus is on winning #1 and recruiting #2. Private Individual coaches focus is developing/improving fast or they are out a job.
Mechanics / form are not taught in coaching clinics
Coaches are taught in the US System to improve tactics and how to communicate to large groups of kids more than anything. And it helps, but it’s not much on technical. Coaches who don’t improve their coaching education will teach what he or she wants, which might be wrong. Just think about how many coaches have a coaching license higher than their ‘E’ or ‘D’. Less than 1% have their ‘A’ and not many more than that have their ‘B’ or ‘C’. The more education the more the coach knows about tactics and communication.
How to teach the game and communicate what needs to be don’t in each part of the field is what they are learning. But even the ‘B’ and ‘A’ license coaching courses are not teaching mechanics/form, technical skill moves or drills. They are learning technical and tactical drills for passing, attacking in the final third, playing out of the back and things like this.
So for a complete coach with a high coaching license, who played college level or pro, knows to teach mechanics the right technique and has a good personality that kids like it is hard to come by.
You wouldn’t believe what some coaches teach to the players! Just the other day I was passing the ball with a player who was working on 2 touch. The player tried to trap and pass the ball with one foot without ever taking a step down between the 2 touches:/ I mean, I can’t make this stuff up guys… The player said they learned it on YouTube… You can’t teach a player to trap and pass the ball with one foot and never take a step down between the 2 touches. If this was on ESPN they would say “C’MON Man”. :=) I mean if it’s a pro team and you have them 3 yards apart doing some new fresh skills to build strength that’s one thing, but kids under 15 years old don’t need that. EVER.
Soccer Coach vs Trainer [You NEED Both]
As a Full Time Skills Trainer (READ: this is my ONLY job, year-round), I personally am able to help build skills and improve form so much better than a team coach. I can teach Faster with More info due to being a 1:1 or 2:1 skills instructor. But at the same time even in my large camps I still teach this, so really there are no excuses when it comes to soccer education. The player in High School Should Know this stuff! But they don’t and this problem will remain the same for over 99% of soccer parents and players.
How many Skills Trainers train full time?
Not coaching teams or having another day job. How many are building their own business? There are probably only 100 in all of America who do this full time and most of those are doing it as a 1 or 2 person show. This needs to change, because players can benefit with trainers who do it for a living. These trainers are just better at what they do. I am not saying they are better coaches but they are better at skills development.
Keep it ethical in sports
There are lots of good coaches that tell the parents they should seek private training, but then there are some ‘Hero Coaches’ who tell the parents nothing, tell them to join their skills group that they only have time for a few times a week. The good coaches are educating the parents, not concealing opportunity. I have a friend who is an ‘A’ Licensed coach and he does not like to offer privates because then there is that weird thing where people start wondering. Is that kid getting playing time because they do privates with coach and things like this? So he encourages them to get extra training with me for more game time.
Coaches need to do a better job educating these players! Sports that teach mechanics have better skilled athletes. Teach them the skills and teach them soccer terminology along with so much more. Here’s what I mean – These 3 little tips will make a coach/trainer stand out more than the rest.
3 tips to make a coach or trainer stand out
Almost every time in my first lesson with a new player I make sure to teach them 3 things most coaches don’t teach (No Matter qualification).
- What Mechanics are and why it matters and other sports that teach mechanics.
- What exact part of the foot to use when dribbling, trapping, passing or shooting and why. Don’t just tell them the inside of the foot, show them what part of the inside of the foot. They will smile because they love to get that detailed knowledge.
- What part of the ball to make contact with. Example if you want the ball to go up high you want to connect under the “equator” of the ball and if you want to keep the ball down on a volley you connect on the equator or just above it. This is getting it on top of the ball. Then I go into detail and tell them that on top of the ball is not literally the very top but just above the equator. If you don’t know what I mean by the equator I mean the line that goes across the middle of the ball. Just like the Globe right;) Hey, I have had soccer people/coaches as me “what do you mean by that? I have never heard it like that… I like it.”
8 Parts of the foot used for Dribbling:
- Outside of the foot keeping your foot flat compared to toe pointed down
- Outside of the foot using more of the laces (Bad mechanics would be to have your laces showing up instead of at an angle)
- Top of the laces make sure you get your knee up before striking through your dribble
- Inside of the laces will help you cut in
- Inside of the foot helps you move more lateral
- Heel helps to make a quick turn or pass
- Toe is used to reach for a quick touch out in front before a defender gets it
- Sole/Bottom allows you to do the most because you can make the ball go every direction
Out of 1,000 soccer skills & drills, only 10% work Fast!
Some of what is being taught especially on Facebook ads is often times wrong. Many people are wasting their time and money doing the wrong training. Wouldn’t you like to know what drills or moves work best no matter what level you play?
Footskills / Footwork:
All the same as dribbling but dribbling is more about moving with the ball into space or around cones. Footwork and Footskills is usually meaning more stationary but having a lot of the same touches. I think both are great to build coordination with the ball and love for the ball.
In my Ball Control Homework Courses you will learn the drills that I will forever teach. It’s only 20 lessons, because that’s literally all you need. There’s only so much time to train on your own, and you don’t want to be overwhelmed with silly drills you see on YouTube from someone who never played and taught at every age and level for a living.