Wednesday, September 20, 2017

At Gulf Coast Soccer we believe active kids are not only healthier and happier, but are also better positioned to do well in school. While we hope that all kids will explore and experience soccer during their youth, we also encourage kids to experiment with a variety of sports while they are young to enhance overall health and athletic development. Youth sports experts discourage specializing in a single sport before puberty. We agree! We also encourage kids to exepriment with a non-sports activities such as music, painting, dance or theatre. Activities such as scouting, volunteering, hunting and fishing also provide great platforms to support youth education and development. A healthy variety of activities keep kids active, engaged and encourages creativity. This page is intended to share useful information and articles relative to youth sports, overall health, education and development. We hope you enjoy! If you would like to contribute an article or suggest a future topic, please emal This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

BENEFITS OF SOCCER FOR KIDS

Soccer can play an important role in a child’s physical and social development as it can increase speed and stamina while also teaching kids the importance of teamwork. Kids as young as 3 can participate, and soccer leagues are offered for children with different skill levels. Whether your child is lacing up their cleats for the first time or a pro who scores hat tricks nearly every game, the benefits of the world’s most popular competitive sport for kids are innumerable. Continue reading at https://goo.gl/C3CtDK

CHILDHOOD SOCCER - A PLAYGROUND BURSTING WITH BENEFITS

There are few sports which are popular and practiced all over the world. But no matter what country a child lives in, when a checkered ball is kicked towards them, they understand the message: Let’s play soccer! Pelé, Maradonna, Beckenbauer, Zidane, and Ronaldo have all achieved international superstardom with their magical footwork and skill. Children around the world wear jerseys with their hero’s name or number, and practice endlessly to perform the skillful ball tricks of their preferred star. According to the FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association), 265 million people play soccer worldwide, making soccer arguable the favorite sport of all time, and definitely a childhood favorite.

The Multiple Lessons of Soccer

As young children develop motor skills, they are naturally drawn to the challenges of playing with, and controlling, a ball. And not only does soccer provide these challenges, but at the same time it develops endurance, strength, coordination skills, cognitive ability, and social lessons. And to play a good game of soccer, a child needs a positive attitude and tactical understanding of the games ebb and flow. Continue reading at https://goo.gl/yU8wGe

7 Reasons Soccer is Essential for Kids

Just about any sport or physical activity will help to develop physical literacy and good movement skills. However, if you had to pick one sport that developed the most skills and capacities, it would have to be soccer.

Even at the basic levels of development, physical literacy includes a long list of fundamental movement skills. The most essential of these — out of hundreds — are generally accepted to be running, jumping, throwing, catching, kicking, hopping, skipping, galloping, and dodging. These skills are based in turn on a foundation of physical capacities called the ABCs of movement: agility, balance, coordination, and speed.

Throw into the mix some spatial orientation skills and cognitive decision making, and you have most of what makes up physical literacy. Continue reading at https://goo.gl/77xWXB

Insights to the Game - Micro Soccer Q&A

Our Micro Soccer program is a unique program that is aimed to meet the physical and social needs of 4-5 year olds through soccer. Children this age enjoy movement and action and lose interest and get bored quickly standing static. With the players being so young, still learning to interact with other kids and also in an ideal age to develop basic movement skills, we sat down with Technical Director Robert Parr to get some insight on the Micro Program and the age group in general. See the Q&A below or visit the Micro Program website for additional details.  

Q: What are our main goals for players in the Micro Soccer program?

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