The Quality Coaching Collective is happy to Present…
Second Captain, First Pick: A soccer conference on developing players through play.
When: Monday, December 4, 2017.
Time: 3pm PST
Format: 3 presentations of 40mins. 20mins plus 20mins of Q&A.
I trained 3-4 hours per week at Ajax when I was little but played 3-4 hours a day on the street. So where do you think I learnt football?” – Johan Cruyff – legendary Dutch player and visionary coach
A comprehensive discussion, including solutions and activations, on how to move children back outside to explore soccer freely. Covering the roles parents, coaches, clubs and organizations can take, as well as the responsibility of the player to seek out these environments.
Free play or pick up matches have always played a key role in the development of the top players on the planet. In a world increasingly busy chasing the next big thing or buried inside a digital device it is important we support our communities and young people discover a key building block for human development; the art of play.
In this, our first digital conference, the Quality Coaching Collective panel will dissect what Free Play is, why it is important, how it can be reintegrated into communities effectively and efficiently, and the responsibilities of all the key stakeholders involved.
Gary Kleiban – 3four3.com Partner
Gary, partner at the acclaimed coaching company, 3four3, takes his passion and expertise for the influence of street culture into his discussion on Pick Up soccer. Gary explores the reason Pick Up is so important for the player and why they need to engage in this type of PLAY as much as possible. From cultural influences to impact on the player [at all levels]. Gary speaks to solutions on engaging in pick up and how to make it a part of the player journey.
An engaging presentation on the roles of youth coaches & parents in creating the appropriate culture for free play to exist in your youth team and even in your household. It’s benefits, the pitfalls today’s “busy” world creates, how to avoid those pitfalls, and positive steps a volunteer coach & parent can take to understand, influence, encourage the players’ exploration in sport. Willie speaks to the why and how of putting PLAY at the front of your development programming.
John O’Sullivan – Founder/Owner of Changing the Game Project
In an increasingly busy world full of commuting to organized sport, Coach Johnny O, head coach at Changing the Game Project, explores and explains how clubs and sport organizations can support the introduction and creation of “organized” play environments. In a world where parents are increasingly fearful of letting kids play in the street it has become more important for our clubs and coaches to re-create a free play/pick up opportunity for players all over our communities. From reduced costs to encourage participation to how to stay out of the way, John discusses and provides ideas that are easy and necessary to include in your club & sport org’s year plan.