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The Palm Beach Pumas Provide Soccer for the Town of Lantana.
Lantana, FL-Wednesday (Aug 30, 2006)-The Palm Beach Pumas are excited to announce the start of the Palm Beach Pumas-Lantana Youth Recreation Soccer League.
About the Program
The Pumas requirement for potential young players to join the Academy is to have already begun developing a passion for the game through the recreational program. The coaching staff is creating an environment of diversity. The Academy’s leadership encourages the recruitment of players from various cultural and economic backgrounds.
The Pumas want their players to express themselves individually within a team concept which promotes imagination, creativity and unpredictable play which is entertaining for both the participants and spectators. The Academy coaching staff will create the team structure and discipline while the players themselves will naturally develop the style of play.
Under 6 – 12: Player Development Philosophy
The curriculum at this age is based around individual skill and coordination training with a lesser emphasis on simple tactics. The balance between development and winning games is very important. If the value of winning becomes more important than learning, then games become too direct and there is less creativity. Young players should have the freedom to express their personality with skill, imagination and creativity in small sided games. A good learning atmosphere has a balance between discipline and free thought; structure and creativity; technique and tactics, etc. The development of a solid soccer education is far more important than the easy road to victory.
Under 6 – 12: Training Overview
Soccer training for the (4 to 7 year old players) will not be too specialized. The Academy creates a fun environment that focuses on coordination skill to help master individual techniques. Training for the (8 to 12 year olds) should be more soccer specific; refining the coordination and skills they have already learned. It is also the beginning stages of learning basic tactics and the psychological approach to the game.
Coordination training provides players good control of their movements when they act quickly, under pressure from an opponent, in tight situations. The following coordination skills are important for soccer players: spatial orientation (e.g. a player’ awareness of his own position on the field in relation to teammates and opponents, even after turning), kinesthetic differentiation (e.g. “feel” for the ball), balance (e.g. stable posture even when under pressure from the circumstances and demands of the game), speed of reaction (e.g. an explosive start on landing after jumping to head the ball or a explosive dribble after a feint). Individual coordination helps player’s master technique and encourages “free flowing” team play.
Technical training is the top priority for young players. The Pumas hope to create an environment where players learn to love the ball. It is important for young players to practice with the ball everyday. It is not enough to touch the ball only at team training sessions and games. It is ideal that players come close to mastering the ball before their teenage years. There is a great portion of time spent on tactics during teenage practice sessions, therefore, there is less time spent on technical training. The more confident players are controlling the ball, the better they can execute tactics.
When young players reach the Under 12 age group they become more aware of the tactical side of the game. It is important to introduce how to read the game and encourage good vision. The goal of this teaching is to allow the game “away from the ball” to become second nature to players as they mature through their teenage years. This will allow players to have field awareness, good anticipation skills and the creation of an environment that encourages individual imagination. Along with good techniques, intelligent thinking will allow the speed of play to increase as teammates grow older together.