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Coaches, youth soccer has never been so
popular as it is right now in Canada, and it's only going to get
bigger! However, the future of soccer starts
with us at the grassroots levels, teaching the kids the basics,
the intermediate skills, and eventually the advanced skills, as
they grow. The most important level to begin growing foot
skills, in my opinion, is ages
2-10. Yes 2! Watch what a toddler does to a ball
when they walk up to it. They kick it. Let them kick
a ball as many times as they can. The more touches these
kids have on a ball, the better for them to develop their foot
skills, motor skills, and comfort with a soccer ball. One of the most troubling problems youth have in Canada
today is many don't know what to do with the ball and they kick
it away (hot potato). Practice makes permanent, so choose
game drills that maximize the touches on the ball per player.
let our company name fool you! We also have cool
incentive patches for players of any sport such as the
Happy Face patch, Lightning
Bolt patch, Star
patches, "D"efense patch, "A"ttitude patch, and "V"ictory patch! These patches can apply to
any sport or activity such as baseball, softball, t-ball, basketball,
hockey, football, martial arts (karate, tae kwon do), & bowling.
Schools even use them for student awards!
Just look at all the coaches
testimonials to see how well these patches worked for them!
As with soccer, touches with
a ball, or puck, is very important to create a fun experience during
practices and games. Choose fun game drills to do just that.
some testimonials from satisfied coaches...
Of course, the
patches were a hit. Parents told me
that the kids were so excited about
getting the patches that they would
go home and actually practice
techniques! I certainly didn't make
it easy for them, but their
enthusiasm sure made it easy for
me. I am looking to expand the
program this year with a new batch
of kids, twice as many as last year
and I'm really excited to get the
--Coach Ben, Manitoba
I used them last year and they made a
In our league
at the GU8 level we were 1st place overall and we
won the year end Cup Championships too. ;o) The
patches were a big hit!!
--Coach Howie, Ontario
In this day and
age customer service such as this is a by gone
commodity. I am using them for soccer. As you know
kids love variety. I only use the patches for
practice and not for games. Kids all try hard in
games but practice is a different story. By giving
out the patches, the kids want to excel in
practice. I coach a u14 boys team. They are never
too old to be recognized!
--Coach Enzo, Ontario
Positive reinforcement is “catching” a child
doing something you want them to do, and
rewarding it. The child gets attention and
reward as positive reinforcement for doing the
right thing and will focus on repeating that behaviour.
So, for example, if you award a child a patch
for providing an assist in a game or training
session they will try to repeat the action
because of the approval it attracts. Other
players will also try to replicate the behaviour
(the assist) because they want to be rewarded in a
Children really do want to be 'good' - you just
need to make sure you reward them for being good.
This could be a simple "well done", but a more
tangible reward - a patch - works even better.
Children can take soccer patches home, or to
school, where they can show them to their
friends and parents.
Why Does Positive Reinforcement Work?
Positive reinforcement works because it gives
children positive goals to work toward, instead
of only focusing on negative consequences to
avoid. Positive reinforcement fulfils strong
basic psychological needs of every child.
It's worth remembering that positive
reinforcement works best when it isn't a
once-in-a-while thing. The more it happens, the
more effective it is!
I started coaching my daughter's recreational
soccer team in the spring of 2005 after being nominated
by some of the other parents. I had no coaching
experience and was a true sideline soccer Dad. I
needed help! One
of the things I learned very quickly was that it was a
challenge keeping the girls motivated to excel in
practices and games.
I tried some of the soccer incentive patches
in 2006 with my U11 Girls team for the first time to see what would
happen as we had gone through our whole regular season
without a win and very few goals scored. The
result was fantastic! The girls game play on the field
changed to a whole team effort. They went from
being last in the standings to serious championship
contenders in the play-offs. I almost had to fight
the girls off as they practically swarmed me after a
game to see who was going to get a patch. It is
with this reaction and result that I decided to offer
these various patches to coaches and associations across
Canada. But I quickly realized that they're not
only useful for soccer. These can be used for soccer, baseball,
softball, t-ball, hockey, football, bowling, martial arts (karate, tae
kwon do, etc), or any other activity. These patches really work and the kids love them!
Read what many other coaches have been saying about them
It amazes me how many coaches rarely
think of motivation as a key element to player development. When
you really think about it, motivation plays a great part in the daily
lives of all of us at home, at work, and at play. More so, our
young people require this motivation in even greater amounts! How
far does passion for a sport, respect, and drive to excel last without
motivational techniques? You as a coach or parent are in a perfect position
to provide this much needed skill, and these patches are a great tool to
assist you in that endeavor. The kids love them and they work hard
for them. Try them out and you'll notice a positive change in your
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