2007-09-15

Players and families meeting

Cambridge Clash
Fall 2007
Richard Kasperowski
David Cohen

  • About the coaches

    • Volunteers

      • Donate >200h/y/coach of personal time

      • Unpaid or worse: we paid the same CYS fees you did to have our kids on the team

    • Richard Kasperowski: regular guy, US Soccer F license, coach soccer because I love soccer, I love coaching, and I love family time.

    • David Cohen: regular guy, US Soccer F license, great soccer coach

  • About CYS

    • CYS goals

      • Enjoy soccer now, enjoy soccer later

      • Be athletically fit now, be fit later

      • Have fun

    • US Soccer coaching guidelines

      • Modeled after Dutch system

      • Formalized by US Soccer development system

      • Followed by Mass Youth Soccer, Cambridge Youth Soccer

      • Players of similar skills on the same team

      • Training sessions mimic game situations, let guys learn soccer skills for themselves

        • Individual skills

        • Small-sided games (1v1, 2v1, 2v2, 2v4, 3v3, etc.)

        • Maximize ball touches

        • No lines, no lectures, no laps

      • Positive feedback

    • This team

      • BAYS Division 2F: competitive, a step up from last year's Division 3

      • Second of the 4 Cambridge BAYS U14B teams: this is a group of good soccer players

  • Coach responsibilities (what players and families can expect)

    • >=1 of us will be at every practice and game

    • Punctual

    • Prepared

      • Training plan (published on kasperowski.com)

      • Game plan

    • Communicative

      • Email list

      • Blog

      • Calendar

      • Face to face

    • Responsible for player safety during practices and games

      • Field conditions

      • Medical releases

    • ... but not necessarily responsible before and after practices and games

      • We are not your extra baby sitters

      • We have lives outside of soccer, and usually leave the field immediately

    • Coaching style

      • Training sessions: Teach skills, following the US Soccer coaching recommendations

      • Matches: Let the kids play, make sure there are 11 guys on the field, watch for injuries, head cheerleaders, enjoy the match

    • Always trying to improve

    • Help players and families meet their goals responsibilities

    • Good role models

    • Have fun

  • Player responsibilities (what coaches and families can expect)

    • Schoolwork

    • Attendance

      • 80% of practices and 80% of games

      • Your attendance at practice indicates that you want to play on game day, and you'll be rewarded for that with extra playing time on game day.

    • Punctual

      • On time for practice

      • 30 minutes prior to game

    • Prepared

      • Wearing all required equipment for practices and games

      • With a ball

      • Water or sports drink

      • Healthful snack (Richard likes peanut butter on whole wheat bread, but understands that peanut butter is not OK for everyone)

      • No jewelry

      • Well rested, well fed

    • Play every position (e.g., Jay Heaps)

    • Must bring a ball to practice

    • Respectful, well behaved

      • To coaches, teammates, and parents

      • Opposing players

      • Referee: zero tolerance

    • Good teammate

    • Always trying to improve

    • Watch higher level soccer.

      • Cambridge Rindge & Latin

      • Colleges (Harvard, Tufts, BU)

      • New England Revolution

      • US National Team

    • Have fun

  • Family responsibilities (what coaches and players can expect)

    • Match behavior

      • Be a vocal supporter

      • Be positive

      • Let them play their own game--don't micromanage

      • Don't talk to or about the referee: zero tolerance

    • Help players meet their responsibilities

    • Communicate with coaches privately, outside of practice time and game time

    • Good role models

    • Watch higher level soccer

    • Have fun

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