Why it Works!
Superskills & Spirit - Why It Works!
If you've never taken the time to break down the benefits of SUPERSKILLS & SPIRIT, read this. The numbers alone pretty much tell the story.
The Jr. Academy program is designed to rapidly improve the player's deceptive dribbling ability on the ball and make him or her a tremendous goal scorer. This is done through the combination of 5 different elements of learning: demonstration, repetition, correction, reinforcement, and experimentation. Each of the elements come into play within the 60 minute program. The program is divided into three separate but related segments of activity with a logical progression:
- The warm-up fun soccer game
- Moves and fakes or shooting
- Micro-Soccer or fun soccer game
However, one thing that will become evident to the observer is that there will be different rates of work among the participants. SUPERSKILLS & SPIRIT is definitely one of those activities that "you get out of it exactly what you put into it".
During the skill reps segments a player will touch the ball constructively over 1,000 times in 50 minutes! That's a lot of work on the ball in a short period of time. Now contrast that with this: did you know that if you were to play one, 40 minute indoor league game per week, and you were fortunate enough to be on a team with just enough players to have two lines and a keeper (most teams have more), you would actually be playing only 20 minutes of soccer (half a game) each week? And of those 20 minutes you would be touching the ball for less than 1-1/2 minutes. For the week! Even if you're playing twice a week in leagues, you're still only on the ball for less than 3 minutes a week! That's not enough time to increase your comfort level on the ball.
Small-sided games are the best way for players to combine nearly all elements of the game. The fewer the players, the more game-conditioned touches. And you get these multiple touches in a live environment with the addition of tactical applications, (Must do a fake on every possession). This is where the most fun is.
Striving for Mastery
The whole purpose of SUPERSKILLS & SPIRIT is to develop brilliance on the ball. Some players get more out of the Jr. Academy program than others because they strive for mastery. It's been said that you can never really master the ball. Perhaps not, but it sure is fun trying!