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Founded in 2010 and based out of Holmen, Wisconsin, the Viking Youth Soccer Association (VYSA) is the most competitive, fastest growing club in the La Crosse Area. After a very successfull fall season, we are looking forward to more growth and fun in the spring!
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Our club would like to recognize the nine players who are currently involved with the Wisconsin Olympic Development Progam. It is quite impressive to have 4 players from U14 and 5 players from the U13 age-group tryout and be selected for the WI pool team. Last year, three of those players went on from the pool to be selected to the final 18 on the State team!
Pictured (left to right): Ethan Waldron, Jacob Clements, Caleb Harmon, Jonah Johson Kaden Moore, Daniel Naik, Sean Rieck & Quintin Olson
Pictured here is Evan Webar (He had his picture taken at a later date.)
The next board meeting will be held Sunday, May 17th at 7pm at the Holmen Legion
May 17th, 2015 - Agenda
Coaching soccer is an on-going learning experience. The approach to coaching really depends on the team's age group. It is important to keep in mind your individual players' mental and physical development when attempting to implement practice drills and/or deciding when and how much strategy to introduce.
We have to remember that not all of our players share the same skill level, ability to quickly pick things up, or just general interest in what's going on or reason for joining the club. Our job as coaches is to try to implement a practice plan and discuss team goals and expectations based on the makeup of our teams. Obviously, the level of competition increases as age groups increase; but, if we can, we should really be concentrating on developing complete players and less on the outcome of individual matches. After all, we'll probably not remember the outcome of such matches a year from now.
A complete player possesses the necessary skills allowing them to play the game. But more than that, a complete player is unselfish, knows how to trust others, accepts failure, and knows how to be a good winner. A complete player should always respect the game, his/her coach, teammates, and the officials. As coaches, it's our job to teach the players how to become complete players.
In conclusion, there aren't many coaches that would claim to know everything about the sport they are coaching. With that in mind, below are some links for practice ideas, physical training and drills. Never stop searching, sharing, and learning new ideas for drills, short-sided games, or fitness training.
Try not allow long lines or long periods of waiting. Try to implement a game instead of just plain old boring drills. Give the kids some say as to one part of the structure of practice
Limit aggressiveness shown towards our own players during practice. We don't want to hurt each other.
Don't try to implement drills that are above the skill level or thought processing ability of the players trying to do it. ie: Don't try to setup a cross field passing drill with U6 age group.
This can be the hardest part of coaching sometimes. Try to make it understood that you'll be running practice, and the players should do what you tell them to.
Generally, players respond to a postive environment better than they do to a bunch of rules and negative reinforcement for breaking the rules. Soccer is a sport of decision making. At some point in time, every player will have to make pressure-packed game-time decisions. This can put a lot of pressure on our youth. If we can positevely reinforce good decisions and (sometimes) ignore bad decisions, we'll create a more positive environment that allows the creative part of the game to show itself.
Try to not place too much emphasis on what positions kids play; especially in the younger age groups. Everyone probably wants to play on the attack; however, there will come a day where they might be forced to play defense or midfield just to be on the pitch. A complete player should be comfortable in all areas of the field, whether that be with the ball at his feet attacking the goal or making a run back to cover un-marked defenders. Don't limit a player to one side of the field, even if he shows know interest in defense or offense. Whether it be in practice or games, make sure players learn to get comfortable playing all positions.
As coaches, sometimes we always want to stop and explain what they should do, sometimes we need to just "let them play". Do your best to know when to stop play and when it might be best to mention the thought after the play period has come to an end.
The Viking Youth Soccer Association (VYSA) supports and enhances the Holmen, Wis. area's youth soccer program. We teach and promote ethical conduct and good sportsmanship on and off the field. VYSA maintains an alliance with the Holmen Park & Recreation Department.
P.O. Box 193