On Monday and Tuesday of this week Rush Pikes Peak had the pleasure of hosting two professional coaches from the French Football Federation that are coaches with UNECATEF (French Coaches Association). Pascal Grosbois and Frederic Lipka arrived in Colorado Springs on Monday afternoon to help with the education and coaching of both the players and the coaches within Rush Pikes Peak. Pascal and Frederic both played professionally in France and have coached at the highest level including Pascal in Qatar and Dubai and Frederic as the Head Coach of the French Academy in Le Havre. The new partnership between Rush and the FFF is unique in the nation and blows away any coaching education available anywhere else in Southern Colorado. This is truly an unbelievable advantage of being part of the Rush coaching staff. Coaches including Directors, competitive and developmental coaches were in attendance as Pascal and Frederic ran sessions for the U9G, U11G, U14B and U17B. Our guests spoke reasonably good English and did a wonderful job of instructing and educating the players on the field and briefing the coaches on their themes and thoughts. Their overriding theme was to remind the players and the coaches that it is our job as coaches to “form” (develop) the players and not get hung up on winning every game they play. We are to prepare the players for the future and not be too concerned about the present wins and losses. On the field they were very demanding when ensuring that the players stay mentally engaged all of the time, not just when the ball is around your area of the field, but all the time when they are on the field. There was also a stress on the transition aspect of the game, and the recognition of what to do as a team when you lose or gain possession of the ball. The youngest group worked technically for the majority of the time, and as the age level grew so did the emphasis on more tactical aspects. Outside of the soccer field Fred and Pascal visited the Olympic Training Center and spent time enjoying Colorado Springs, always asking questions and debating the good, the bad and the ugly of US Soccer. Rush Pikes Peak Soccer Club is very grateful to Fred, Pascal and the FFF for allowing us this wonderful opportunity. Stay tuned for news on the second half of the coaching exchange, when Rush coaches go to France to work with Fred and Pascal again!
Fall/Winter School of Excellence dates and times have been announced! Please see below:
Dates: November 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, December 5, 7
The School of Excellence is a program designed for the top U8-U10 players in our club. For any questions, please contact Matt Stelmaszek at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The School of Excellence is one of many programs that Rush Pikes Peak Soccer Club has to offer its members. This is an eight-session program designed and modeled after the elite programs of European professional clubs. School of Excellence programs have existed in many top programs in Europe for the past 30 years. Players like David Beckham (LA Galaxy), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Fernando Torres (Liverpool) and Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) began their careers as soccer-crazed eight year olds. As a direct result of the consistent training that they received through such schools, now they are regarded as the world’s elite players.
The program will introduce them to the competitive game as well as its systems and positional play. It will improve their creativity and technical skills, expand their awareness about the game in different cultures, and set new standards and goals.
The Rush is proud of its traditions of taking young and talented players to the next level. Some of the players that the club has helped grow and develop are now part of our national or professional teams in the country and/or around the world such as Aleisha Cramer, Sarah Wagenfuhr, Wes Hart, Mark Lisi, and Connor Casey to name a few. The training curriculum is designed in conjunction with the competitive staff-training curriculum. It is designed to compliment the future game as well as to address the immediate needs of the youngsters. It is a combination of technical and tactical topics with emphasis mostly on technical development of the players. The curriculum will cover important topics such as:
> Dribbling, including shielding and taking a player on > Finishing, the technical aspects of bending, dipping and a knuckle-ball combined with where & how to line-up > Passing, striking the ball with a variety of surfaces, deception and the weight of your pass will be introduced > Receiving, shielding and turning with the ball > Shielding, protecting the ball with the body > Heading, introduction with the older age groups > Offensive, small group combinations, small group shape will be introduced > Defending, players know they must work hard to get ball back
If your desire and passion is to grow and excel in the game of soccer, then the School of Excellence is for you.