Author: Neil Bianco

How Long Is Your Player’s ‘Cognitive Clock’ on During Training?

I read an excellent blog post recently (link below)… It discussed a player’s thinking and decision-making and how long, during a training session, this aspect is trained. The article was great and in many ways represents the direction we are heading in at NSA as we develop players. The main question it asks is, ‘for how long during a training session are a player’s mental faculties engaged?’ As the author points out, he’s seen some training sessions where players’ thinking and decision-making was only engaged for 12 minutes of a 90 minute training session. The most he observed, was...

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How To Stand Out At A Soccer Tryout

It’s getting close… Youth soccer tryouts are just around the corner… Your son or daughter is excited and nervous. And so are you 🙂 While you want them to succeed, you know they must earn their spot on the team. Plenty of other kids will be trying out and competing for spots. Nothing is guaranteed. So… What can your son our daughter do stand out at tryouts and separate themselves from the rest of the players? Here are some tips to help them make the most of tryouts… 1. LOOK THE PART – Come dressed and ready to go...

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A Different Way To Watch A Youth Soccer Game

Over the years, I’ve coached plenty of close games, even developing mini-rivalries of sorts (nothing serious, but two good teams playing each other often). I’ve noticed at times, that both coaches and parents can get a little over-involved in the game. When one team scores the parents and coach of that team cheer just a little louder and enjoy that success just a bit more than your average weekend league game. And I’ll admit that I’ve done it myself too. And as sport goes, it’s not unusual. The competitor in us naturally wants to come out on the winning...

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A Simple Phrase To Create An Elite Training Atmosphere

As soon as I heard it, I had to rewind and listen again… I was listening to a short, but quite good podcast (the link is below if you’d like to listed to it)… The interview was just getting going, starting to talk about mentality. Then he dropped this value bomb… “What you accept in training is all you can expect in the arena” What a beauty! I’ve always thought that one of the strong points of my training sessions was getting players to train at a high intensity level. Having played at a high level myself, I’ve always...

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What Is Our Relationship With Failure In Youth Sports?

So… In youth sports, failure rears its _____________ (more on this blank space later) head to varying degrees at just about every training session and game. There’s simply no way to avoid it. Striking out, missing a penalty kick, a poor pass, a fumble, losing a championship game… The list goes on and on. As a coach, I’ve certainly been very frustrated at times when my players have made mistakes in the past. There have also been times when I’ve handled their failures very well. I’ve seen parents and spectators handle their kids’ or teams’ failures with both frustration...

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NSA Tryout Information

NSA’s Club Open House

You're Invited!

NSA's Club Open House on May 2nd

When: Wednesday May 2nd at 7:00pm

Where: Naperville Yard, 1607 Legacy Circle in Naperville

We will unveil our revolutionary new player development model, club curriculum and dispell some common youth soccer development myths

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