Learn the teaching principles that facilitate skill development and build confidence in your players.
Sports provides the perfect setting to learn important life skills, but research suggest that these lessons need to be taught.
Enhance the experience of rec soccer players at every level with age-appropriate character development curriculum.
Get the latest research-based practice techniques that lead to skill development and expert performance.
Unlocking the Potential in Every Player
The Life Skills® Soccer Program is a character-based soccer curriculum that adds value to any after-school, recreation or travel soccer program. Life Skills® Soccer Program is based on the research of leading psychologist, neurologist and educators in the areas of learning, development, achievement and success.
Soccer is the largest participation youth sport in the U.S. and world’s most popular game. It’s simple to play and appeals to boys and girls of all ages. With the success on the U.S. Men’s National Team in the 2014 World Cup, more and more young kids will be looking to play soccer.
What makes soccer even more appealing are all of the health and youth development benefits kids can gain from playing soccer. Exercise is a proven “wonder drug” when it comes to helping kids become healthier; physically, mentally, and emotionally. Exercise promotes better blood flow to the body, including the brain, helps to promote neural growth and improves mental functions such as short term memory, deliberate focus, self-control, planning and emotional regulation. Exercise helps fight childhood obesity, diabetes and reduces stress. According to Stanford psychologist Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D., “Exercise turns out to be the closest thing to a wonder drug that self-control scientist have discovered. Physical exercise – like meditation – makes your brain bigger and faster, and the prefrontal cortex shows the largest training effect.”
It’s amazing to think of just all the ways kids can benefit from being part of a soccer program that teaches the important Life Skills® that help them lead healthy and successful lives.
Are You Proactive or Reactive?
There’s a great poem by Portia Nelson titled, There’s a Hole in My Sidewalk that I use frequently with my Success high school students and my soccer players. In a very visual way, it sums up where so many find themselves …Read More...
Mental Practice Builds Physical Skills
In the book titled, “The Brain That Changes Itself” author Norman Doidge, MD reports on an imagination experiment performed by Alvaro Pascual-Leone, chief of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, part of Harvard Medical School. “Pascual-Leone taught two groups of people, who had …Read More...