Thanks for the patience in reading this and your feedback.
My daughter is in her 3rd year of full time soccer (2.5 yrs Academy and now Select). She is a player for a large club in metro Atlanta. She is also on the 3rd team of 4 and we are very clear on her current talent and skill levels after getting feedback from the coaches and club. She is performing well per her coach and he is pleased with her play, attitude, effort etc. She puts in the extra work like many others her age as well (touches, dribbles, first touch drills, shots, etc)
The issue we have is the coach is spending a lot of time with the other players on more basic skills and is not able to make progress on coaching concepts that one should be focusing on now we are 11 v 11 and in Athena play. He is getting frustrated at some of the lack of effort demonstrated by a group of teammates and acknowledges are are falling behind as a team.
What should I do as a parent, if anything? The coach from the 2nd team is known for being very particular of anyone he looks at or who he accepts on his team. I am not even sure if my daughter would be up to his standards and that is okay as well. Also, I doubt he has even seen my daughter play. But we seem to be stuck in a limbo area where she is not learning or growing as a player due to the constraints outside of her control. Is this just typical and I should move on to other life matters or should I try and talk with the coach? Maybe ask if she can practice with the other team? Thoughts, suggestions?
Again, thanks for the patience and I appreciate the help!
Post by Soccerhouse on Aug 29, 2017 11:28:11 GMT -5
Always hard for sure -- Its still very early in the season. I would recommend you/your daughter use the first month to her advantage. Show the current coach that she is the hardest working player, most committed and wants to improve. If she shows your current coach that she is one of the top players on the team, he/she will mostly likely speak on your behalf to the 2nd team coach and seek out training and playing opportunities. Let her play and effort show the staff she deserves better. Then at that time, you can approach the coach and have that discussion.
Agree with soccerhouse comments and can relate to your situation. We experienced something similar last season with my daughter. Give it at least a month of practices and games. If the problem still exists talk to the coach and ask his opinion about the opportunity for your daughter to practice some with the second team. Asking the coach "What do you think about ...?" is a humble approach and acknowledges that you trust the coaches judgment which should allow for a constructive dialogue regarding your daughter's soccer development.
Post by docnfulton on Aug 29, 2017 22:57:11 GMT -5
It sounds like the coach is doing more than many coaches would do given a similar situation. Classic 5/Athena D teams at large clubs often have a large number of players who did not play Academy soccer. Fundamentals are often lacking and if the coach is investing now in these skills it will pay off for the team by the end of the year. As a parent, I would challenge your daughter to learn different positions and volunteer to play anywhere the coach needs her to. These weaker players will progress at different rates and the coach will value a player who can handle a lot of hange as the season goes on.
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