THE BIGGEST PROBLEM IN YOUTH SOCCER AND WHY WE CAN SOLVE IT

anxiety youth soccer Dec 07, 2020

It’s strange how much we have to remind ourselves that youth soccer is “supposed to be fun”.

Our parents have to remind us to “have fun” and coaches feel the need to tell us,

“Remember: go out there and have fun.”


Did I miss something? Is fun something kids have to be trained for and constantly reminded of because they seem to lose that skill over time?

I always thought that fun is a child’s natural state.


My kids are 6 and 8 and when they come to me and say,

“We’re bored. What should we do?”

I say, “Go be kids”.

And sure enough, I’ll find them a few minutes later having created a wolf den out of an Amazon box and they’re hunting wolves with sticks/lightsabers they found outside. Children naturally slide into the state known as “play”. It’s literally their essence.

And we take that from them in so many ways at such an early age. When I have spoken to...

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The Perfect Pregame Meditation to Get You In The Zone

anxiety Sep 15, 2020
 

The Perfect Pregame Meditation to Get You In The Zone

with Coach Seth Alan Taylor from Ianni Training


What is a BLESSING?   Declaring something good.. That’s all it is! We are going to declare something GOOD before stepping out on the field.

SIT SOMEWHERE

Put music in your headphones. Sit on bench or on grass at the field. Close your eyes.

VISUALIZE THIS

Picture yourself stepping out of your body (like a ghost) and then face your body.

Now, don’t forget you are “the person” LOOKING at you sitting.  It’s time to give your body a blessing before playing.

As you do the following, picture a white light going into your physical body.

DO & SAY THIS

Touch your bodies forehead - "May your eyes be open to the gift that struggle is and may it make you strong"

Put your hands over ears - "May your ears be open to the teaching of your teammates and coaches and may it make you humble"

Put your hands over heart - "May your heart be open today to...

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