We believe that the largest part of our effort should be directed towards ball skill development. With this approach, we feel we have the best chance of allowing children to fall in love with the game, and thereby allow them the greatest opportunity to stay in the game. My vast experience in the game, both domestically and abroad, allows me to have a perspective unequalled by most coaches in our country. Our children will become highly self motivated; moving forward in a manner that will greatly diminish the chance of burn out. We will develop children who can make good decisions on their own, and they will be highly capable of progressing from club soccer, to high school soccer, to college soccer… and maybe (for those special few) to professional soccer.
A large part of our effort will be directed towards, not only soccer skills, but interpersonal skills as well. By design, we make a very conscientious effort at developing strong, long term friendships with our players and families. Not only are the children having fun, but so are the families. Soccer is a game that is a wonderful teacher. Players learn a ton… just by playing. Too many coaches feel the need to over coach. Left alone, you will see your children make incredible strides. The beauty of this is that these lessons carry over into many aspects of their daily lives. Our children will become more independent thinkers, more confident, more decisive… and probably most importantly… more creative. They will be happy!
Winning vs. Losing
Ideally, in the developmental process, we want our children to experience both winning and losing. Learning how to win is a skill that must be learned through experience. Once a team learns how to be successful, the journey takes on a new adventure that is fun for everyone. At this point, our next challenge is to step up the competition and begin the journey again. In my professional coaching career, I was very fortunate to have had lots of success. I have always felt that success was the result of hard work and doing all of the little things correctly. With these children, I am supremely confident that our approach will ultimately lead to great success. As parents, we must be patient and allow the process to work. If you are a parent that is looking for an intensive developmental program that will fast-track your child to a higher level, this program is probably not the best fit for you.
- All teams will be led by Locker Soccer Certified Parent Coaches.
- All training will be done by Locker Soccer Professional Staff.
- Certified Parent Coaches will attend a coaching education program directed by Steve Locker.
- All Parents will attend a Parent Education seminar.
- Teams will receive team training in groups of two (2) teams, once per week.
- All players will be offered an additional ball skill training per week. The session is optional.
- Typically, teams will play about 10 games per season, followed by a league tournament.
- Specialized team training and positional training will be offered periodically throughout the season.
- Teams will be offered in the U8, U9, U10, U11, and U12 age groups… for boys and girls.