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New, Old School Training

By Joe Ulm

We began testing out a new training program this week and, if all goes well, we’ll probably add it to our Player Excellence program in the future. There’s much work to be done first of course (get feedback from players and parents, make modifications, formalize the curriculum, etc.), but this is one program I’d love to see take off. Here’s why.

  1. The foundation of the training is rooted in time-tested, old-school concepts.
  2. It brings 4 key elements together that players can use over and over to get better at just about anything.
  3. It helps develop resiliency.
  4. It demonstrates the value of persistence.

In many ways, it’s the opposite of our electronic-filled, instant-gratification world – and that’s what makes it so valuable.  Because developing a difficult skill always requires persistent, deliberate effort over an period of time. There is no gratification, initially. In fact, our efforts are usually met with failure after failure at first.  But if we’re able to push through the failure, the reward is far greater on the other side. This is how we learn.

So I’m really hoping the training goes well and the players see great results from their effort. It’s all a bit old-school, sure, but that might be exactly why it’s so valuable.

Stay United everyone.

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street soccer

In our Street Soccer program, players have the opportunity to create their own teams, make their own calls, and unconsciously develop their technical and tactical awareness–all while expressing themselves with the ball at their feet. We believe players should be able to manage themselves and have the freedom to play, interact, problem-solve, innovate, and take ownership of their participation in the game. Teams are created the day of to promote diversity, and games are played without referees to reinforce positive conflict resolution techniques. Our I-Mentor coaches will supervise each field making sure that players and facilities are safe while maintaining a fun and challenging environment.

PSU’s Street Soccer is open to all 9U to 19U players. Our Old School Street Soccer is open to any parent, soccer coach, and their significant others. Bring the whole family!

Sign up required for waiver completion. But then just lace up and show up!

 

Fall Details

  • Fridays: September 10, 17, 24, October 1, 8
  • Time: 5:00 – 6:30 pm
  • Location: Pewaukee Sports Complex

Rules

  • Games are 7 minutes long
  • Players must play within their age range
  • Sliding or going to ground is not allowed
  • There is no offsides, but all other soccer rules apply
  • There are no referees – players call their own fouls
  • Profanity of any kind is not allowed

Important Information

  • Games will be played by gender (girls vs. girls / boys vs. boys) whenever possible.
  • Players may be required to wear provided pennies (pinnies are washed in between sessions).
  • Cleats, shin guards, socks (covering the shin guards) shorts, and shirts are required.
  • Players may be asked to conform to specific guidelines (using hand-sanitizer, etc.) to support the safest possible environment for everyone.
  • Teams may be adjusted by PSU team members multiple times during each session, including during games.
  • Players are expected to play with great sportsmanship and consideration for their fellow players at all times.
  • PSU reserves the right to disallow the participation of a player (or players) in PSU’s Street Soccer program for any reason. Players who are disallowed from play may not participate in future Summer Street Soccer sessions.
  • Participants are highly encouraged to check the website for the field status prior to traveling to participate.
  • Signed waiver is required.