Youth Soccer News: one.Soccer Schools Provides Elite Training for Serious Soccer Players
One of the best youth soccer programs in the USA, one.Soccer Schools gets ready for the coming season. Lloyd Biggs and Jeff Johnson are two of the most dedicated youth coaches and their focus is on developing each and every player to be their best.
For 15 years, one.Soccer Schools has been providing serious youth players with high-level training to help them move to the next level. Directors and co-owners Jeff Johnson and Lloyd Biggs bring a combined 40 years of coaching experience to the program, which provides elite players a training environment to support their quest to become the best they can be.
|The one.Soccer Schools Elite Camp welcomes 250 dedicated youth players for intense training. Photo Credit: one.Soccer Schools
The residential camp brings one. Soccer’s innovative curriculum to the players attending. Every aspect of the game is covered, and players receive instruction from coaches who are skilled in teaching a certain aspect of the game. Biggs states, "Here at one. Soccer we create a staff that when blended together, offer the very best advice and knowledge within each aspect of the game."
During the elite camps a staff of 25 works with a maximum of 250 kids, while the GK Premier camps, led by one. Soccer's GK Director, Paul Hart, features four dedicated goalkeeping coaches for a max of 40 goalkeepers. In addition, one. Soccer Schools is focused on developing the individual player through intense full- and half-day commuter camps across the United states!
One's curriculum encompasses every single technical facet that the game requires, while stressing the importance of the decision making process. Biggs states, "Players must have the technical tools but must know which tool to select for any given situation. We constantly emphasize, when concerning the attacking aspect of the game, that a player who has the ability to individually make great plays but has a passing mindset, is a great player!"
The curriculum also creates an environment that teaches the player the importance of transition. "The time within the game when you either win or lose possession is key!” says Biggs. “A team that has players that can anticipate or react quicker in transition will be more successful."
In addition, players are given knowledge of the importance concerning the primary physiological aspects (speed, agility coordination, balance, flexibility, strength, power and endurance), as well as the health and wellbeing of their body in regards to nutrition and the importance of the psychological aspect of the game.
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While the full-day and half-day commuter camps provide solid training, it is the five- and ten-day elite camps where players truly reach that next level of development. Ages 12+ will begin the day at 6:00 a.m. waking-up for opening Soccercize sessions and continuing with a variety of training until the 8.45pm yoga session. The camps challenge participants both physically and mentally. The goal is to not only improve player performance but to instill a strong work ethic from the mental challenge.
When asked about the intensity and duration of the training, Johnson replied, "Yes, it is a very long intensive day. However, we truly believe that when a player leaves our camp, a two-hour session becomes simple for them. It’s easy because their mental focus is so much higher. They’ve pushed themselves and they go away with a huge feeling of confidence and pride in what they’ve achieved, they understand that a strong work ethic can bring success.”
According to Biggs, “The mental focus of any athlete is key to success. When you train and play, your goal should be to be better in the 65th minute than in the fifth minute. In life we strive to constantly be better on daily basis, why should we not do the same during a game or training session?"
In addition to training to refine the individual technical components, Week 2 of the 10-day academy focuses on position-specific training. Defenders, midfielders and attackers focus on the tactical aspects of their positions. Johnson states, "While at a young age players and parents should not get bogged down with the importance of mastering one particular position, and I can give many examples of numerous professionals that have had exceptional careers playing in a different position than that of their youth career, we do feel that it is important within our curriculum to give players an insight into position specific training."
While tactical understanding is important, being confident in technical skills and knowing when to apply various techniques – based on the player’s position and role – is crucial for player performance. Although the curriculum visits the tactical side of the game, the foundation and roots within our philosophy will always be the technical elements. Helping players develop the technical skills and giving them the confidence to apply in specific game situations is what one. Soccer Schools is truly all about.
“The curriculum that we have encompasses individual player development, which we relate back to a player’s role within a team environment,” says Biggs. “We teach them the importance of what they are bringing to the table as players, and how much they are giving to make themselves better and become the best they can be. We really try to emphasize that the whole time they are with us.”
When discussing the type of player one. Soccer attracts, Johnson states, "We are now attracting a very talented group of players – boys and girls from 10-18 years old – from many different states, stretching all the way to the East Coast. In addition we have started to attract interest from players outside of America. This year we hope to have players from Mexico and Europe attend the program."
Biggs added, "Soccer has evolved so much here in the states in the last decade, there are many great youth coaches working in clubs with excellent developmental models. We believe that we have created an environment that supplements the work that is being done at the players clubs. The hard truth is, players’ schedules do not allow them to spend enough time on the training field. By attending a one. Soccer program they increase the time in which they get to refine their game."
"Much is spoken about the desire to compete in games – a hard tackle is applauded, a player that has a desire to compete physically and is tenacious gets a lot of pats on the back,” Biggs explained. “Do not get me wrong, the willingness to compete, to run faster, run farther, tackle harder and jump higher than your opponent is very important, and we continue to emphasize this aspect. However, this is not our primary goal. We want to see players be bold and brave in other ways, we want to see players collect and be willing to pass the ball in tight spaces, we want to see players who are confident in possession and take risks to get on the ball, protect it, retain it and create with it, for their team."
The summer sessions of one.Soccer Schools begin in June, but registration normally fills up by the middle of April. Around 3000 players are expected for the commuter camps, with 250 each week of the Elite Camps at CSU Channel Islands in Camarillo, Calif. In 2013 many players missed the opportunity for this unique training, and one. soccer expects to have a long waiting list this year as well.
For more information on one.Soccer Schools, visit their webpage at https://www.onesoccerschools.com/.
All photos courtesy of one.Soccer Schools