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Social distancing doesn’t stop development: Players First partners step up to offer virtual player development (UPDATES)

By US Club Soccer, 03/20/20, 10:00AM EDT

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With all soccer activities suspended until May 18, it’s more than important than ever for players to take command of their personal development. Meaningful player development can be achieved outside of team-structured practice.

Below are some resources from Players First partners to enhance player development at home.

Upcoming Facebook Live sessions
Several Players First partners will be lending their time and expertise over the coming weeks with Facebook Live sessions covering a variety of topics. You’ll hear from industry leaders in technology, player development, health & safety, risk management and coaching. Be sure to monitor the Players First courses & events web page for details.

You can catch any of the past Facebook Live sessions within the "Videos" section of our Facebook page.

Beast Mode Soccer
The popular Players First Video Training Series, presented by Beast Mode Soccer, is a treasure trove of player development-focused exercises you can do with minimal equipment from home.

There are 46 total videos in this YouTube playlist containing a few different mini-series components, such as the “First Touch Series,” “Buddy Passing” (with a sibling or parent, of course!), “Four Cone Drill,” “Mastering the Art of Dribbling” and more. Here’s a challenging exercise you can do inside or outside: tennis ball juggling.

Beast Mode Soccer also designed its “My Soccer Training” app that features a library of elite training sessions, a calendar to track your progress and a community integration to interact with others, including Beast Mode Soccer founder David Copeland-Smith. For special pricing for US Club Soccer members, please contact Copeland-Smith directly at david@beastmodesoccer.com

ScoutingZone
We know this is an especially difficult time for players to get recruited by colleges. That’s why ScoutingZone released a free four-week recruiting plan for players and clubs. This complimentary recruiting plan was sent to US Club Soccer members via email on March 24, and a copy is available on the ScoutingZone/Players First web page

TopYa!
TopYa! launched a virtual skills contest for Players First-licensed clubs. The concept caught fire with dozens of clubs participating and about 4,000 videos submitted  in just the first few days.

All US Cub Soccer members have access to special pricing on TopYa!’s platform that effectively encourages players to train on their own, including Contests, Juggling Club and Fundraising. These are unique resources that allow players to compete at home with minimal equipment.

Please contact playersfirst@usclubsoccer.org to learn more about special TopYa! offers for US Club Soccer members.

SportSessionPlanner
Players First partner SportSessionPlanner is offering a 6-week free trial to Version 2.0 Club System in partnership with US Club Soccer with absolutely no obligation to purchase at the end of the trial period. Here's a Facebook Live demonstration of the platform. Access provided to all coaches, and sessions can be downloaded to PDF after the trial ends. Contact magnus@sportsessionplanner.com for details.

Positive Coaching Alliance
Although not soccer-specific, it’s important to take measures to mentally recharge during this break. Positive Coaching Alliance founder Jim Thompson wrote this thought-provoking post titled “Using the Sports Shutdown to Recover the Joy of Sports.”

A couple days before, Positive Coaching Alliance released a helpful guide to “Dealing with Disappointment” in the aftermath of so many postponements and cancelations.

This is also a great time to consider Positive Coaching Alliance’s lineup of online courses, which have specific focuses on coaches, parents, athletes and referees.

@USClubSoccer on Instagram
Join players from all the country, who are showing off their dedication by tagging @USClubSoccer on their Instagram posts and stories that show individual training exercises. Check the Instagram story highlight at the top of the US Club Soccer account for a collection of these player-submitted videos.

SafeSport
US Club Soccer strongly encourages parents and Youth Participants (subject to parental consent) to complete the respective free online training available from the U.S. Center for SafeSport on an annual basis. These courses are available on this web page.

Major League Soccer
Our friends at MLS compiled exercises and drills that you can do from the comfort (and safety) of your own home. Check out your favorite MLS clubs and give 'em a try.

ABOUT US CLUB SOCCER:

A National Association member of the U.S. Soccer Federation, US Club Soccer fosters the growth and development of soccer clubs in order to create the best possible environment for players of all ages.

Anchored by Players First and its five pillars of Club Development, Coaching Development, Player Development, Parent Engagement & Education and Player Health & Safety, US Club Soccer offers registration, league- and cup-based competition platforms, player identification and a variety of other programming, resources and services.

US Club Soccer is sponsored by Nike and supported by LaLiga through a technical partnership.

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