Exercise is a very important part of a child’s development. As well as keeping them fit and healthy it is a great way for them to make friends, to develop leadership and communication skills, and to learn about winning and losing. Soccer training is generally only once of twice a week and there are a number of things you can do to guide and encourage your kid while they learn to play.
Be Part of the Training Sessions
The greatest way of instilling a love of Soccer for Kids is to engage with them and with it. So instead of simply driving those to the Kids Soccer Training session go with them. Stand on the sideline and watch them, your kid is more likely to be excited by the sport if he or she thinks you are too.
Take Some Lessons Yourself
Have a chat with your Kids Soccer Training coach. Most of these coaches teach multiple sessions for multiple age groups, you may be able to join a beginners group or even book a private one-to-one taster session. This is great way for you to improve your own fitness and gain an understanding of the basic rules of play, which will allow you to train with your kid at home.
Go To a Professional Game
Soccer is one of the most popular and widely played games in the world and most cities have a professional football team. As a treat, take your kid to one of these games. By now you should have a basic understanding of the rules and seeing a professional play the sport, with his or her own eyes, will spark their imagination and show them the potential for success this game has.
Fun Soccer Drills
Soccer for kids should be about having fun. If they also play Soccer as part of a team on Saturday morning then they will want to practice some of the finer skills such as passing and ball control. There are a number of fun drills that you can do with just your kid or maybe with their mates too. Here’s a few.
Keep Your Yard Clean
Make sure you have an even number of players, if not you may need to step to even things up. Get some markers and set up a box. The box is then divided down the middle. Each player has a ball. The game lasts for 5 minutes, when it starts; each player kicks their ball into the opposite box. The idea of the game is to have the fewer number of balls in your box (or your yard) by the end of the game.
Quite simply, kids like to kick things hard and fast. Get yourself in goal and let your kid blast that ball at you. If you are able to keep your head and your sense of humour it will do wonders for their shooting technique, and be a great bonding experience for the both of you.
Candice Hubbard is a mother of five and a part-time Soccer coach. She had been involved in her Kids Soccer Training for five seasons and even plays in a local league. She had written extensively about the benefits of all sports, but especially Soccer for Kids.
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