Parent Engagement Series – Episode 2

We will present our philosophy in two or three parts. I like to think of a child’s soccer development as a long journey during which adults hold out a guiding hand rather than provide instruction. Tell them where you want to get to, not how to do it.

Hollandia’s Guiding Principles For a Successful Program.

Learning is not a linear process, and we recognize that players may show rapid improvement interspersed with stagnation, static indicators, and perhaps even regression. We all need to allow players to develop naturally and maintain patience and understanding.

Children all develop at different rates. Again, we need to be patient, avoid comparing them to others, and allow their natural physical and cognitive growth to determine their movement and direction on this journey.

Puberty can be a game-changer. Many physical and emotional changes occur during puberty, and this requires us, adults, to once again be patient and understanding while helping the player to understand what is going on.

Overloading does not always lead to success. While some believe that the only way to improve is to play with more advanced (technically, cognitively or physically) players, this is not always so. The best way for a youth player to improve is to be intermittently stretched outside of her comfort zone but also allowed to return to their ever-growing comfort zone.

We don’t coach soccer, we coach players. Youth soccer is about the growth of the individual player. A coach who has loads of technical and tactical knowledge, but who does not know his or her players will be unable to provide the ultimate in learning.

Triple C Players
We are committed then, to providing a holistic approach to coaching, whereby we develop the person first and the athlete second. We try to grow every player in our club by providing excellent coaching and by engaging coaches who buy into our desire to coach Triple C Players.

Cognition: We want to develop players who understand the game at a deep level, even from the youngest age. We encourage the players to take ownership of their development by being engaged, by asking questions, by voicing their opinions and by studying the game.

Character: We want our players to be great citizens who embrace our values and put them on display on and off the field. They should show the strength of character to be persistent enough to deal with setbacks and bumps on the road of learning and development.

Competence: We envision Hollandia players as being skillful, confident, and capable when they play the game. Players must transfer skills to games. The development of skills that allow us to play a possession-based game is critical to success.

Soccer must always be enjoyable: Children come to soccer to PLAY. Whatever activities we design for them, we must look at through a child’s eyes, and all learning activities must be age-appropriate.

Importantly, we expect coaches to deliver practice sessions in which Cognition, Character, and Competence are inherent in every activity.


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