I have been very outspoken with my displeasure with the state of soccer in the Corpus Christi area. I have gone so far as to post an open proposal to my peers in Corpus with a plan that I feel can start us moving in the right direction. However, I feel that to really bring Corpus soccer to the level it should be is a three step process. Here they are.
First, the clubs in the Coastal Bend need to merge into one club. We do not have the population or player pool for our area to try to field teams from seven different clubs. One unified club would allow us to put together teams of the best players from our area and compete on the level that we are capable of. Also, one unified club would allow us to hire a professional DOC who would assume responsibility for the tryout process, player development, and tournament selection. A unified club would also give us enhanced purchasing power and a better chance at getting our city to help out.
The consolidation of select clubs in the Austin area has had both positive and negative effects. One of the oft mentioned negatives is the loss of old rivalries. The days of the Capitals/Flyers rivalry or Thunder/Eagles are long gone. In its place, intra-club match ups are often the most competitive matches of the season, and smaller clubs spend their time shooting at the “big kid” on the block. More than the loss of rivalries, though, is the loss of history. How many players and parents today know who the Capitals were, or that the ’70 Capitals boys team was the first Central Texas team to advance to the USYSA national championships? Who has played a match at Longhorn Soccer Park, or can tell us who Laszlo was and why he used to yell “Bluebonnet” as a match came to a close? Who remembers watching Milan Dovedan play with the Soccadillos and then coach for the Flyers? Who remembers hanging out at the Cantina at Retama while waiting to play against the Generals? Who would have thought that when the River City Rangers became the new kid on the block in 1991, that 20 years later they would be far and away the longest surviving club in Austin? In 1991, the betting money was much more on the “All Star Soccer Club” which also started that year in the same area outlasting the Rangers. Who remembers who the ASSC Director of Coaching was?
With practice getting underway, let’s looks at a few common drills that you can find coaches all over the U.S. using in youth practices, and why they shouldn’t be used! A lot of drills were created a long time ago without much thought to what, if anything the drill teaches and whether it instills more bad habits than it teaches productive skills. For each drill, I’ll also suggest an alternative that should teach the same skill, but with fewer unintended consequences!