CLUB PLAYER DEVELOPMENT
World Class Premier will guide every player through each stage of development in order to maximize their soccer potential. Our training method follows four stage developmental processes, similar to building a three story house.
AGE:4 - 8
Good technique is extremely important in Soccer and is central to a long, fun and successful soccer career. Being introduced to these skills at a young age gives players time to refine and perfect their technique. A solid technical foundation will quickly separate players from the pack as they grow. Examples of what we teach:
Good Ball Control
Proper Dribbling and Passing Technique
Dribbling, Feints and Tricks
AGE:9 - 12
At this stage, practice will incorporate repetitive soccer-specific and functional body movements that will result in better body awareness. Including:
Quickness and Agility
Proper Running Technique
AGE:12 - 16
Players will be evaluated on their skill sets and then be guided and encouraged to play in a position where they will be the most successful. Through this, they will learn:
The Ins and Outs of their specific positions
The roles and duties they are responsible for when attacking or defending
Decision-making ability and vision
Different passing combination plays
Learning to move and create space for teammates in order to impose a possession style of play on opponents
Ball control and passing precision
*Players are encouraged to watch professional matches of teams with similar styles of play. They are to observe and analyze the decisions and movements of top tier professionals who play in similar, if not identical, positions to themselves on the field.
AGE:16 - 18
A World Class Player needs to have a winning mentality. Preparation is key to having the confidence needed to execute and perform under pressure. Players will be pushed to maximize:
STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING TRAINING
STRENGTH & CONDITIONING AND INJURY PREVENTION
World Class Premier strives to develop great futbol players as well as growing healthy and fit boys and girls. With this, we are excited to announce the addition of a new program incorporating strength and conditioning. When most people think of a strength and conditioning program, they think of the popular format of lifting weights in the gym. Though this format is still beneficial for players even at a young age, this will not be our focus. Our goal on initiating this program is to develop players who understand movement basics so that their growth and development on and off the field continues on an upward path.
While World Class Premier strives to improve their player’s health-related fitness components (i.e. muscular strength and endurance, cardiovascular fitness, flexibility and body composition), our Strength and Conditioning program will focus more on pushing players to the next level in improving their skill-related fitness components (i.e. agility, balance, coordination, power, speed, and reaction time). With each of these components improved, players will develop a higher level of motor control and a better understanding of how their body moves allowing the players to take more control over injury prevention. Those less likely to become injured are balanced through core stabilization, coordinated through the distribution of their bodyweight, and strong enough to resist force in all planes and directions of movement.
This program will consist of making the players think quicker, move quicker, move more efficiently, and finally move more safely. As injuries in young players are on the rise, we take pride in educating, protecting, and encouraging a safe playing atmosphere. It is important to have the same mindset with each team, however, since all the players and teams are at different levels of development (i.e. physiological, motor, and strength), each group will have its own focus. Lastly, our goal for all age groups is to use strength and conditioning to develop the enjoyment of movement and physical activity to positively impact a healthy active lifestyle for their future.
Health Related Fitness Components:
· Muscular Strength and Endurance: muscular strength is the amount of force a muscle can produce with a single repetition, while muscular endurance is the ability of a muscle to repeatedly exert force. Both muscular strength and endurance go hand in hand on the field. The amount of strength a player can produce determines how quickly they can get into a sprint, how high they can jump. However, muscular endurance allows the player to sustain a sprint and jump for a longer period. Having strong muscles also helps the player avoid muscle fatigue and injury. Total body exercises will be done with the players to encourage improved strength in all muscle groups (lower body, upper body, and core). I asked Leanne what she means by this.
· Cardiovascular Fitness: refers to the heart, lungs, and blood vessels delivering oxygen to the exercising muscles allowing the muscles to create movement. The more efficient a player is at delivering oxygen to their working muscles, the longer they can last performing at a high level on the futbol field. To test this component, the individual performs an aerobic activity or drill until exhaustion (i.e. Beep Test). This component improves upon the improvement of other health and skill-related components including speed, power, and muscular strength/endurance.
· Flexibility: refers to the range of motion a joint can perform without sustaining pain or injury. Because our players are growing kids or adolescents, it is very popular to see a loss in flexibility. This is no excuse though, as players with inflexible muscles are more likely to experience more soreness, tenderness, and even injury. Having a good range of motion on the field can help with the player’s motor development including ball skill. Players will learn the importance of a warm-up and cool down to help enhance their ability on the field.
· Body Composition: refers to the percentage of lean body tissue (muscle and bone) and fat tissue. This health-related component is a very sensitive area. Though this is part of our target, we do not directly focus on the area itself. Body composition has absolutely nothing to do with the number on the scale, especially for growing kids. Our focus is to maintain a healthy fat percentage and increasing muscle mass. This improves not only fitness and futbol, but also the nutritional needs of a growing player. It is our partnership with the parents to improve this component. Foods with whole grain, protein, and healthy fats provide the best energy for the player to function efficiently.
Skill-Related Fitness Components:
· Agility: is the ability to change and control the direction and position of the body while maintaining a constant, rapid motion. This is one of the most important components in futbol because the game is constantly moving in all directions. A player’s goal during the game is to be able to change direction quickly and effectively. Agility will be improved by drills involving stop-and-go, lateral movements, change in direction, and explosiveness.
· Balance: is the ability to control or stabilize the body when a player is standing still or moving. This is as simple as dribbling on the field and an opponent bumping into you and being able to shift your body weight appropriately so you do not lose control of the ball. Though your muscles around the ankle, knee, and hip have a huge impact on balance, core strength also plays a huge role. Balance can be improved by performing static single leg movements, and then progressing to more complex balancing movements adding jumps or resistance from an opponent.
· Coordination: refers to the ability to execute a movement as well as control a movement. This includes spatial awareness on the field and performing moves on the ball while continuing to run or change direction, and precision with passes/shoots. Coordination training is improved with the use of ladders, cones, poles, etc.
· Power: is the ability to move the body swiftly while applying maximum force to the muscles. Power is a combination of both speed and muscular strength. This area of futbol is also one of the most important components, as any player wants to be able to perform rapid or “explosive” movements on the pitch, including getting up to maximum speed as quick as possible after changing directions as well as jumping high enough to win a 50/50. Plyometrics are the best tool for improving power. Plyometrics consist of moving a muscle through its normal range of motion in an explosive way. A few common exercises include squat jumps, broad jump, skater jumps, lunge jumps, and burpees.
· Reaction Time: is the amount of time it takes to start a movement after your senses signal to move. This also coincides with quickness, which measures your instant and rapid responses. Any player with good speed and agility is a response from reaction time. It can be improved by agility drills as well as simply chasing a player and having to change direction when they do.
· Speed: is the ability to cover a distance in a short amount of time. In terms of futbol, this also means being able to run at the same sprint speed throughout the entire game. Similar to cardiovascular fitness, managing your speed means the ability to recover before having to run hard again. This can simply be improved by sprinting all out with a combination of start positions and distances.
We are excited to unveil these Strength & Conditioning/Injury Prevention trainings as a new and vital component of the World Class Premier program. We want to provide our players with top level coaching, as well as, giving them all the pivotal tools they will need in their arsenal in order to work toward success on the pitch.