As a former professional soccer player and coach for the past 25 years, I’ve learned that the majority of kids want to have fun while participating in sports. This certainly isn't a mind blowing fact but it is one that too many coaches lose sight of. Therefore, it is a also no surprise that the skills that require the most rote practice are exactly skills kids struggle with the most on the field. To say it plainly, kids enjoy learning how to dribble and shoot because those drills are generally the most fun while passing and receiving drills are a bore! Less practice means a lower level of skill. However, perhaps the biggest problem with this is that passing and receiving are the MOST IMPORTANT skills for a player to master! Don’t believe me? Just look at the stats of a typical game. A team will typically make hundreds of passes in a game (and therefore a similar number of receptions) but only manage 5-10 shots. And while players like Messi and Ronaldo are known for their ability to beat players on the dribble, the number of times a player attempts to dribble past his opponent pales in comparison to the number of passes.
Well, the team at SPOTKICK is trying to change the game by making it fun to learn these vital skills. We’ve turned these boring drills into a fun backyard game and competing in backyard games can be a fun and effective way to learn new skills. Here are a few ways that backyard games can help you improve your skills:
- Practice and repetition: By playing a backyard game repeatedly, you can practice and improve your skills through repetition.
- Variety of challenges: SPOTKICK involves a variety of challenges, such as learning how to pass with accuracy, chip the ball, and receive it in a variety of ways and using different body parts.
- Learning from others: Playing with others allows you to learn from their skills and strategies, helping you to improve your own abilities.
- Fun and motivation: Playing backyard games can be a fun and enjoyable way to learn new skills, which can help to keep you motivated to practice and improve.
SPOTKICK can be played at practice, the beach a park or right in our backyard. So don't forget that competing in backyard games can be a great way to learn new skills, develop existing abilities, and have fun while doing it.