Originally Posted by SwEeT HoMe AlAbAmA
You are kidding me right? I have played for traveling clubs since age 10 and I can definitely tell you each region has different levels of coaches. Simply go to an academy tournament and this is blatantly obvious...
I also never said all coaches were bad. What I am trying to get across is that the overall standard is set lower than other sports in the U.S. A true coach for soccer understands the fact that not every player needs to be a true "athlete". The true players are the ones who use their head instead of physicality. They also realize that a game is not "RUN RUN RUN RUN" and practice is not "RUN RUN RUN AND EXCERCIIIIIIIIISE". The American football mentality rules some coaches. If a coach truly understands soccer he will realize that foot skills at a young age are key and that developing that is far more important than physical development...
I think you are mistaking what I'm trying to say; in no way am I crucifying coaches, but I am claiming that the lack of top tier coaches is hurting the growth of the youth in this country...
"The vast majority of coaching for soccer in the U.S is sub-par and you know it."
does not equal
"the lack of top tier coaches is hurting the growth of the youth in this country"
Again, your perspective is a bit skewed.
I have only been coaching for about 6 years. I do not have a high level playing background and as a result lack many connections that come with being a marquee name. What I do have is a passion for the game and a passion for knowledge to understand the game. By understanding the game, I can help steer my kids in the right direction towards developing their soccer skills.
Since I am young and don't have a marquee name, I am tasked with the most difficult teams. My teams are often 50% fresh from recreational or no soccer background. 50% is the average because I push players up to the next team over the course of a season.
I also lose, in fact I lose more than I'd like. But I lose trying to play a certain style of soccer. I could easily get wins playing direct, but I feel that development takes far more precedence over winning.
So now the issue is, what do parents really notice when looking at me from the outside? My win/loss/tie ratio isn't the greatest. My development numbers are however good. Pretending you are a parent ready to shell out $1,500.00 for your kid to play, are you going to put your kid on a team where the coach has a winning record or will you put your kid on a team where the coach emphasizes skill development?
Then take that one step further. As a Director of coaching, who would you look to put on the highest level teams? Someone who wins a lot, or someone who puts more emphasis on development.
Now according to your statements, I am a subpar coach since I don't work at a true academy. But if I am developing players from one bracket of competition up to the next, what does that mean?
Of course I could throw all my ideals out the window and play direct and capitalize on the other team making mistakes, but I would much rather lose until my kids start to "get it" and start playing pretty soccer.
Originally Posted by osckey123
Aren't you a coach adjx?
Yep, which is why I am so curious to hear about why coaches in the US are subpar.