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1 Heat United Soccer Club Training and coaching Philosophy From: George Mihalopoulos Technical Director

2 Safety #1 Drive Slow Watch for running kids Drop-off area or walk kids if parked in Lot Park in lot if you are staying to watch practice No cell phone use around parking and drop- off

3 On the map

4 Heat Culture Board Players Teams Parents Community Coaches

5 HUSC Board President – John O’Donnell VP – player development – Dan Loprieno VP – operations – Mark Fulcer Secretary – Christine Conary Treasurer – Kim Hill Volunteer positions People who care about the club and work very hard to see the club grow and succeed (past board members deserve a lot of thanks for their hard work)

6 Players Good Kids Good teammates Coachable Technical sound Have composure Hard Working Fair competitors Enjoying the game RESPECTFUL

7 Teams Coachable Hard Working Play attractive soccer Work together Have Resilience Have Tenacity Respect the game Respect the opponents and referees Represent the club well

8 Parents Positive Supportive of Club Supportive of Players ( all players) Supportive of teams (other teams when they show quality and class) RESPECTFULL of Referrers, other teams There for their Kids

9 Parents

10 Community HUSC – on the soccer map Heat name associated with Huntley and surrounding suburbs High Schools Heat Challenge tournament

11 Kids are not small adults. They need to cognitive and physical development

12 Teammates Everyone is different! Focus on your kid! Be Patient!

13 We focus on your Kid! “Team development quite naturally is dependent upon player development- 1st.” INDIVIDUAL PLAYER DEVELOPMENT TEAM OBJECTIVES

14 Dribbling! The most important skill for all players! We encourage dribbling – the ability to pass and use teammates will come with time!

15 Our philosophy! Help young players develop the most fundamental skill in soccer: individual mastery of the ball and the creativity that comes with it. Provide a safe and fun and positive environment for our players during training and games Make our players fall in love with the game: Play it! Like it! Love it! PASSION

16 Heat’s Mission Statement Mission Statement HU soccer club’s mission statement is to provide an opportunity for youth to develop and grow in our community through participation in athletic competition. Our goal is to foster a welcoming, enjoyable, safe and competitive environment which will assist in the social and physical development for children of all skill levels. Our goal is to create complete soccer players with love for the game and a greater chance for future success.

17 Mission Statement High School Ages U15-U18 Our High School program is a college-preparatory program. We are committed to providing our participants with opportunity to seek collegiate athletic scholarships and accomplish further inspirations in the game. We will do this through: Provide high level instruction of the technical, tactical, physical and psychological aspects of soccer Participate in highest levels of competition Participate in high level tournaments and college showcases Promote and showcase our program to the College Soccer Coaches Community Refer participants to colleges coaches Assist participants and families with college recruitment

18 Vision To be a model soccer club in the Chicagoland area, with a long term plan for existence and service to the community

19 Values Continue to service our members, with caring and joyful spirit and the treat everyone in the soccer community with respect and dignity

20 Coaches Facilitators Educated, educators Continuing education Think safety first Communicators Motivators RESPECTFULL

21 Coaching Structure George Mihalopoulos Technical Director and HS ages DOC HUSC Board Rick Ceh Mid Age groups DOC U11-U14 Boys and Girls Kevin Talbot Youth DOC Sparks – U10 Boys and Girls

22 Team Structure

23 How?

24 Asking for too much! We ask our kids to compete before they learn how to play! We should reverse what we ask for! Don’t ask for too much Progress Slowly. Slow progress is progress!!

25 “the talent code” Deep practice Master coaching Ignite

26 How does it work? Deep Practice Ignition Coaching Talent / Performance

27 Practice From repeated performance or systematic exercise for the purpose of acquiring skill or proficiency Key words:  Repeated  Systematic  Acquiring  Skill

28 From the “talent Code” Slow Full of errors Struggling in targeted ways Operates at the edge of abilities Mentally taxing Active Forging skill through myelin

29 True “A Steady drip can change the shape of any Rock”

30 John Wooden Explanation, demonstration, imitation, correction and repetition. “do not look for big, quick improvement. Seek small improvement one day at the time. That’s the only way it happens – and when it happens, it lasts” -John Wooden Repetition, Repetition, Repetition, Repetition

31 Deliberate Practice Comfort Zone Learning zone Panic Zone

32 Soccer Components Economical Training “the game is the best teacher” Tricks Turns Moves Tricks Turns Moves


34 Four Stages of Learning 1.Unconscious and incompetent 2.Conscious and incompetent 3.Conscious and competent 4.Unconscious and competent Stage 4 is where we want our players to get to! How?

35 How will we do this? Will provide training and coaching that focuses on player development Work on individual technique with repetition ( dribbling, passing, receiving, heading, shooting and scoring) Allow players to be creative Allow for mistakes to happen (mistakes are necessary for player development). It’s OK to fail (skateboarders) “if you are not making any mistakes, then you are not doing anything” John Wooden

36 Develop players then teams The USSF philosophy is to create players not teams If players become skilled the team becomes better

37 Winning and losing “if winning is the focus development will suffer. If development is the focus winning will suffer” Winning and loosing is not a measurement of success Loosing games in young ages are growing pains and lifetime lessons which will help out kids be better in the future as young adults and adults

38 How does the club measures success? Concern with results Concern with player development 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

39 What to look for? Opportunities to learn and apply technique under pressure Contacts with the ball Ability to perform simple tasks with groups Decision making Becoming an all-around player (dominate the 1v1 situation in attacking and defending) Aggressiveness is not on the list of qualities for soccer. If you are aggressive it means you do not have the ball. We want our players to have the ball.

40 What We Expect from Coaches A coach’s #1 responsibility is the health and safety of all participants. Coaches will never place the value of winning over the safety and welfare of the players. Coaches will be positive role models and set the standard for sportsmanship. Coaches will keep the sport in proper perspective with each player’s other responsibilities: family, school, other sports, etc. Coaches will be sensitive to each child’s individual developmental needs and strive to have each player reach his/her full potential. Coaches will develop each player’s appreciation for the game. Players will have fun and receive positive, constructive feedback.

41 What We Expect from Parents Parents are responsible for reading, signing and submitting the Parent Contract (PDF) to the team coach.Parent Contract Parents will support their player(s) at all times. Remember that they are trying their best and will sometimes make mistakes. They need your encouragement and support. Spectators are a vital part of player’s attitudes. Parents will get their player(s) to practices and games on time. Preparing for a meaningful practice or game is a process that takes time. Give your player(s) the courtesy of the time required to put on his/her game face and be at 100%. Parents will treat officials, all players, all coaches and other parents with respect at all times. Parents will avoid any confrontation with game officials or other parents. We are here to build soccer skills, promote soccer appreciation and to have fun. A bad call by a referee or an obnoxious opposing parent will very rarely, if ever, determine the outcome of a game. Parents will observe the 24 hour rule and will wait 24 hours following a game before discussing issues with a coach or trainer that may be controversial or emotionally charged. These types of discussions should be done in person or at the very least over the phone. Please do not attempt to discuss issues or concerns through emails. Emails should be used for informational purposes only.

42 What We Expect from Players Players will strive to play their best regardless of the score or the behavior of opponents and fans. Players will practice hard, play hard and have fun! Players will pay attention to and follow all directions given by coaches and assistant coaches. Coaches hate talking to themselves! Players will attend practice if they expect to play—it's not optional. Players will arrive on time. For practices: on time means on the field dressed at start time (not in the parking lot getting shoes & shin guards on). For games: each player should arrive 30 minutes before game time. If, for any reason, you cannot make a game or a practice, a phone call/email to the coach or the team manager is expected from the player. If Mom or Dad want to make the call, that’s fine, but it is the player’s responsibility to see that the call is made.

43 Player Evaluations Technique Tactics Psychology Fitness One Mid-year one on one player evaluation

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45 I would ask you to… 1.Support the club and it’s mission statement 2.Support the players and teams of the club, competitors and referees 3.Allow your kids to take risks, make mistakes and learn from them 4.Allow them to play!! It’s their game!!! Play it! Like it! Love it!

46 And finally my promise!!! Your kids will be a better at the end of next spring They will be better athletes They will be better people They will like or love the game of soccer

47 Play it! Like it! Love it!

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