Soccer is such a big part of all of our lives and we are all missing the everyday interactions with the players, parents and coaches. Not being able to spend time with the teams has been very challenging for us and we know that all players miss meeting their friends and having fun at practice.
It is Richmond Kickers role in these difficult times to continue to provide a soccer environment that inspires and develops our players, helping them to continue to improve. Achieving this goal together will have a huge impact on the lives of our players, families and coaches and help us all remain positive through this difficult time.
Over the last few days, the Richmond Kickers technical staff has created a few development initiatives which we believe will help us to achieve our goal, and more details will be shared over the next few days. Program Directors are working on age group specific details for these initiatives as detailed below:
Program Directors will provide age-appropriate exercises and drills for players to work on beginning on Monday March 23. For any players that want to get started right away, now is the perfect time to work on improving your juggling skills: total juggles, right foot only, left foot only, alternating feet and be sure to try and beat the technical staff in the #30secondjuggle
Staff will be utilizing existing youtube resources, and also creating our own content with Kickers youth players demonstrating individual training and practice.
For all families who are looking for a home schooling project, we also recommend looking at this website: https://www.kickwalls.com/plans . You will find detailed instructions on how to build your own personal technical training wall at home, which would come in very handy when completing Technical Training tasks.
Program Directors will be looking for and informing families of any opportunities to watch professional matches and talk about the games with teammates and friends. Watching soccer is a key part of developing game understanding, and texting and chatting about games will be a great way for our players to stay connected and together.
Similar to the Technical/Individual Training, we will provide some creative ideas for our oldest age groups to ensure they can stay physically active and fit for soccer. Details will be sent out for the start of next week.
The most important priority right now is the safety and wellness of our players and families. If we can help with anything, or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email your child’s program director directly.