U.S. Soccer introduced the play-practice-play (PPP) model as a template for coaches to engage youth players through experiential learning and an athlete-centric approach. But if athletes don’t actually have the technical skills, tactical understanding, or physical literacy to effectively scrimmage, when within PPP should coaches teach those qualities? Coach Nathan Huffstutter takes a deeper look.
LTAD advocates widely promote multisport participation, but is it even possible for competitive youth athletes? Coach Nate Huffstutter tracks the progress of his multisport-based Flex soccer team, discussing ways to juggle scheduling conflicts, how to approach the overlap of competitive seasons, and the evolution of a concept meant to develop passionate athletes capable of competing on any court or field of play.
How would it look if a player didn’t have to commit complete availability for one sport and was free to compete at an equally high level in others? Our soccer team has pitchers and catchers who strike balls with sheer force learned on the diamond. Our net sport athletes possess an uncanny sense of width and understand combination-based attacks. How would it look? It looks like this.