Youth Soccer Organizations
Youth sports can play a vital role in the development of young people. Dynamic Sports incorporates research on the developmental stages that young people go through creating curriculum that is age appropriate. We have designed our curriculum to be easy for volunteer coaches to understand and use in just 3-5 minutes during practice. Parents are encouraged to reinforce the life skill lessons by discussing them with their children.
The Benefit of Using the Life Skills™ Soccer Program for Rec
Sports provides the opportunity to learn valuable lessons that apply to school and everyday life; however, research shows that these lessons must be taught – they are not automatically caught. The Life Skills™ Soccer Program teaches the positive character strengths that are proven to have a direct impact on achievement and success in soccer, school and life.
The all-new U6 Player’s Guide focuses on age-appropriate learning that children can develop playing soccer. Of primary importance at this age is developing motor skills, cognitive skills and social skills. Our program highlights the opportunities that children have to learn self-regulation, deliberate attention, deliberate memory, private speech and listening and as well as how to follow the rules of the game. They also practice developing body control, agility, coordination, imagination and creativity while becoming more familiar and skilled with the soccer ball.
The curriculum focuses on developing good “social skills” such as: Have Fun, Try Hard, Respect Others, Listen, Play Fair, Take Turns, Share, Work Together, Be Brave, Be Positive, Be Nice and Be Honest. Volunteer coaches share a quick thought about each social skill and then reinforce it during the practice session. After practice, parents read a story each week from the Player’s Guide and then explain why each social skill is important to learn and demonstrate.
The curriculum for this age group focuses on the character strengths that research indicates have the most direct impact on achievement and success. Among the important lessons players learn is the importance of goal setting and cognitive behavioral strategies to help improve self-control. They also learn how to develop better focus, effort and determination. Together this combination of positive character strengths has been proven through research to be a more reliable predictor of achievement. Coaches introduce a new character strength every week or two and parents reinforce the importance of each character strength and how it relates to soccer, school and life.
For this age group the curriculum is organized in two-parts.
Part one focuses on the dynamics of team play. In order to function well as a team, each player must understand their role and work unselfishly to do their job on the pitch. The lessons focus on such things as “collective responsibility”, teamwork, commitment, trust and leadership. By mastering these skills players develop the ability to put the team’s best interest first, to make a total commitment to the team’s philosophy, to lead and to be led, to perform their job under pressure and to trust others and be trusted. These are positive character strengths that will also serve them well in college and as they enter into the working world.
Part two focuses on developing positive character strengths such as respect, honesty, patience, generosity and cooperation.