Dear LFSA Family,
I would like to extend a warm welcome to our new families and to thank those of you who have been a part of LFSA over the years. I have been running this program since 1996, and am very proud to be part of such a great soccer club and community.
Over the years our club has fostered many outstanding teams, winning state championships and regional finals. We have also played a significant role in developing amazing soccer players who have ultimately played Division 1 college soccer, professional soccer, and on national teams. There is a simple magic formula for team success and player development. Both require a combination of talent, commitment, a strong work ethic and practice. When players consistently bring all of these things to training our coaches are able to help them to achieve their dreams.
Lots of parents over the years have asked about what their kids can do to improve as soccer players. Here are a few suggestions for players who want to grow and further develop their game.
- spend time practicing on your own (shooting, juggling, touches . . .)
- play for fun with friends and family (scrimmage 3v3 or 4v4 in your backyard or at your local park)
- work hard at practices
- listen to your coach at practice and during games
- watch a lot of professional soccer on TV
- follow a successful player as a role model
Now a quick reminder about the best way to support your players from the sidelines during games. Please remember
not to coach
your kids during the game. It is their game and they have to learn to make decisions while playing. They have to learn to solve the problems and challenges that arise on their own and with their teammates. You might be a former player or know the game, but the coach might be working on developing a particular skill or understanding and may be asking something different from them. Remember the game itself is the best teacher. Players also don’t need extra pressure from parents, their own or others.
Respect the game, respect your coach, respect the referees, and respect the opponents.
Have a great season.