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Remote training support

A lot has changed over the last few weeks. Restrictions on movement and social gatherings have created a new reality in which soccer training sessions have been cancelled with no clear restart date in sight. For many players (and parents), keeping busy and having a sense of purpose during this time is important for both physical and mental health.

While there are certain challenges on a daily basis to adjust to this temporary “new normal”, there is also an opportunity for personal development and growth. In the soccer context, players can spend time working on parts of their game – skills, fitness, physical abilities – that may get lost during the team-oriented practice sessions and with the other demands of life.

205 Sports has created a forum specifically to provide material and guidance in support of “remote” training. The workout forum will provide regular workout plans and ideas – for players of various ages and abilities – as a means of continuing its mission of player development. Although based on the principles of the UC Premier curriculum, the sessions can be applied to any athlete that wants to train remotely.

Source material

Putting together a remote training forum would not be possible without the extensive content available on the Internet. These are some key individuals whose expertise is recognized throughout the coaching community.

 NameWeb siteYouTube channelTwitter
Beast Mode Soccer (BMS)https://beastmodesoccer.com/Link@BeastModeSoccer
blankErica Suterhttps://ericasuter.com/Link@fitsoccerqueen
blankMyPersonalFootballCoachhttps://mypersonalfootballcoach.com/Link@MyFootballCoach
blankTom Byerhttps://tomsan.com/en/Link@tomsan106
Yael Averbuchhttps://www.yaelaverbuch.com/Link@Yael_Averbuch
blankTommy Thompsonhttps://www.sjearthquakes.com/Link@tomthom11
blankMichael Cunninghamhttps://www.7mlctraining.com/Link

We’ll update this list as new material is added.

Equipment

In order to do remote training, some basic equipment is required. However, there are a lot of ways to train and modifications for some activities will be suggested. Instead of cones, a player could use soup cans, rolled up towels, or whatever might be at hand.

Here are some of the basics:

ItemAlternativesNotes
Soccer ballFoam ball, beach ball, tennis ballA soccer ball is pretty much necessary to do remote training. Having some balls of other sizes can help
ConesCans, rolled up towels, pillowsPretty much any small object that doesn't move will work
DumbbellsCans, bottles of water, resistance bandHaving something that can be used as resistance is helpful
"Kick wall"Bench, old table laid on its sideSomething that the player can kick a ball against - NOT a garage door
Towel and smooth surfaceHelpful for doing some mobility work
Wooden boxStairs, old couchSomething that can be used to step up and down
5 foot PVC pipeBroom handleHelpful for shoulder mobility, balance activities
SpaceLess spaceBest case would be open space - a backyard or park area - otherwise, garage or indoors

Format

Each training session will have three parts: activation, physical training, and skills training. Players can decide how much of each activity to perform and can modify based on ability and age.

Feedback

Feedback on the remote training sessions is welcome. This is all a work in progress.

Contact me at sas@205sports.org