Part 1 of 3.
US Soccer has built coaching education on three core tenets.
Reality-based learning is one.
So what is it? It is a teaching and learning approach that focuses on using real-life scenarios and experiences to help students develop skills and knowledge.
In the context of grassroots soccer, reality-based learning can be valuable for players because it provides a more practical and engaging way to learn and improve their skills.
One of the key benefits of reality-based learning is that it helps players develop a better understanding of the game's dynamics and how to apply their skills in real game situations. For example, rather than just practicing drills in isolation, reality-based learning involves using game-like scenarios to help players develop their decision-making skills, tactical awareness, and ability to perform under pressure.
Additionally, reality-based learning can help players develop other important skills such as communication, teamwork, and leadership. By working together to solve real-life problems and challenges, players can learn how to collaborate effectively and develop the soft skills that are important for success both on and off the field.
Overall, reality-based learning is valuable for grassroots soccer players because it provides a more engaging and effective way to learn and develop their skills. By using real-life scenarios and experiences to teach and practice soccer skills, players can develop a deeper understanding of the game and build the skills and knowledge they need to succeed both on and off the field.
So what about training those isolated skills?
Set homework (lots of skill videos online to copy - even better, have them see the skill in a real game!).
Have a weekly skill challenge.
Set up additional practice, or a skill school in your club for bonus practice!
Have the players arrive early, or stay late. Or maximize 1 hour of practice, and use the leftover time for things like this!