What I have learned from my first week of hosting one-on-one sessions with players has amazed me. Even though a few of the sessions rained out and had to be rescheduled, the few I conducted taught me the value of this specialized time between coach and player.
1) Each new student who begins the program, gets an initial evaluation of speed, coordination, ball touch, footwork, posture, etc. A file is created in order to track timed test results and to record observations on the player’s strengths and weaknesses. This new program has allowed me to see players in new and different ways and to understand what can make them better. That information then gets passed on to the parent.
2) Individual training is for all players. One of the best parts about this program, is that you can specify precisely the skill to be coached. This isn’t like Cable Television, you have ala-carte and carte blanche. I see players who have learned some skills but need instruction before they can master them. The player who has trouble making a straight pass or a hard enough shot may be a few hours away from learning the skill. Within the first session you get a verbal evaluation; parents often watch the sessions and can stand-in for the explanations so parents can understand too, what the player is being coached to do.
3) Proper soccer technique is a bit of a challenge to teach. This is one of the reasons training one-on-one is important to me. The one-on-one learning environment has the necessary focus to foster clear communication.
4) One-on-one training has specific advantages over group training in some key areas. The learning environment is unique. I also believe that personal training instills confidence, or should rather. The confident player and the player who could use more esteem benefit from personal training because their skills improve and the sessions are about their work and their progress. Players who struggle with confidence issues in groups have a training environment where the communication is personal and positive. The work is about soccer, naturally, and the work is about nurturing the self-confidence of the player.
Here is a list-in-progress of some of the areas potentially coached in one-on-one soccer sessions. If you would like to add to this list, please send your additions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Defensive Body Posture Defensive Positioning Defensive Techniques
Goalside marking One-on-One Skills Defensive Heading Goal Kicks
Defensive Covering Standing Tackles Slide Tackle
Defending Against Dribble Defending Against Pass
Short Dribbling Long Dribbling Footwork Offensive Heading Finishing
Crosses Ball Control Shielding One-on-One Skills Attack Corner Kicks
Volleying Offensive Skills Fakes Free Kicks
Receiving Low Receiving High Thigh Control Foot Control Chest Control
Receiving And Turning Receiving Into Space
Low Saves High Saves Catching Deflecting Boxing
Distributions Rolled Distributions Tossed Distributions Kicked
Goalkeeper Footwork Foot Saves Setting The Wall
Positioning Communication Corner Kicks Penalty Kicks