Parents have a difficult duty to strike a balance between letting their children explore things freely and pushing them to take on new risks and adventures. Sometimes, though, kids can be more motivated to take on a challenge than anyone expects. If your child lives and breathes soccer, they may find the level of difficulty in their youth clubs to be inadequate for their desire to improve. Luckily, you can do something to fix that as a parent.
Hard Work, the Tried and True Way to Improve Your Skills
The terms "children" and "hard work" can be off-putting. That's why most children's soccer clubs will stick to a light schedule of a couple of hours of practice and maybe a game or two a week, at most. If your child is finding the amount of practice to be inadequate, whether they feel the need to catch up with their peers or excel ahead of them, then it is acceptable to help them push ahead by supplying them with additional training. Short of transferring them to a more competitive team or hiring a personal trainer, you can be their coach with a few pieces of equipment and a playbook of drills that you can use for training.
How Can Your Kid Get Extra Practice?
The quintessential soccer dream is to score the game-winning goal, but getting there requires the ability to get the ball past the goalie and into the net. All you need to help your child train their shooting is a soccer goal. Have them take aim at various sections of the goal until they can reliably put the ball where they intend it to go. To ramp up the difficulty and the fun, stand in as a goalie for them. You can also let them practice as the goalie, but try to keep the kick strength low enough for them.
In addition to shooting, a soccer player needs to be agile while maintaining control of a rolling ball. Take a few colorful training cones and create a course for them to navigate through with the ball.
Soccer is not a solo sport, so your child will need to pass the ball to their teammates. Start with basic point-to-point passing, having them pass the ball to you from a slowly increasing distance. Once they can hit a stationary target, start using multiple cones to set up a passing circuit. Invite over some of their teammates so they can all get used to how they pass to one another.
Lastly, physical training will give your child the speed and endurance to cover the field and attack the goal. You can setup agility drills with the training cones you already have or stepping drills with rings or a step ladder.
With drills like these, the right equipment and your continued support, your kid may end up securing their future by kicking a ball. Contact us at Fold-A-Goal for any soccer equipment questions you may have!