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Development Characteristics


TRFC PLAYER DEVELOPMENT CURRICULUM

DEVELOPMENT CHARACTERISTICS


STAGE 1 -EARLY CHILDHOOD (3-5 YEARS OLD) Clinic

The introduction to soccer stage coincides with the onset of independence from parents and increased self confidence in most children. Children also start to begin to play cooperatively with others. This does not mean however parents should fully pass the responsibility for learning to the club coach. The parent has a very important role in encouraging the child to play at home. Practice sessions should occur once or twice per week and players should be encouraged to play multiple sports and activities.

DEVELOPMENT FOCUS:

Players should learn the fundamental movement skills of running (forwards, backwards and sideways), jumping, turning, twisting and bending (lowering center of gravity to form a solid base).

The ball should be involved all the time.

KEY DEVELOPMENT POINTS FOR CHILDREN IN STAGE 1 Clinic

PHYSICALLY1. Tires easily and recovers quickly.


2. Learns best by being physically active.


3. Needs to repeat activities that are well known

and mastered.

4. Mainly uses large muscle movement, fine motor

skills developing, but more difficult to master.


5. Basic motor skill developing, needs to combine

skills in simple games.


6. Boys and girls have equal ability.


7. Center of gravity is higher, resulting in issues

with balance.


PSYCHOLOGICAL/ SOCIAL1. Likes to play/work on their own, egocentric.


2. Easily motivated

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3. Enjoys initiating activities.


4. Enjoys being praised for endeavors. Sensitive to

criticism and does not enjoy failure.


5. Developmentally advanced players start to

become more independent and attempt to exercise

more control over own environment.


6. Limited attention span, 15-20 minutes.


7. Frustration can come quickly.


8. Has a strong desire for affection and attention

from adults.


9. Seeks social approval.


10. Experimental, exploratory behavior is part of

development.



COGNITIVE/MENTAL1. Increasingly able to use visual instructions (play

them out of their mind), although observing

demonstrations is more concrete.


2. Beginning to take into account ideas and

emotions of others.


3. Inconsistent attention span.


4. Moving from being adventurous to be cautious.


5. Interests can be short and quick changing.


6. Imaginative, spontaneous and creative.

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