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Skills Institute started in 2001 as a soccer development program that focuses on 8- to 13-year-olds who love soccer and have a strong desire to improve their soccer skills. Though our curriculum was technically strong and developed by USSF A-level coaches, our program struggled because we were unable to adapt its structured format to kids of widely differing ages and abilities. We responded to this struggle by rethinking the program and implementing program elements that allow us to evaluate, assess and adapt to a player's initial skill level on entry to the program. We still retain a strong technical emphasis on soccer, but in addition, our curriculum allows coaches to adapt instruction to individual player differences. This means that within a group framework, each player receives personalized lessons that move the player to that player’s own next level of expertise, so that they become more valuable players to their current and future teams.

This personalized, adaptive approach to teaching fundamental soccer skills, when combined with the Skills Institutes’ low player-to-coach ratio, results in a fun, fast-paced learning environment that inspires players to achieve their personal goals as athletes, whether playing on club or school teams, or playing pick-up soccer with friends.

We have also recently conformed our curriculum to the USSF’s U.S. Soccer Curriculum. This age-appropriate instructional framework helps to guide over-all player development in technical skill, tactical knowledge, physical ability, and social & psychological awareness. With this approach we can provide age-appropriate clinics and classes that directly meet the needs of local clubs and youth soccer associations. Our classes and clinics are timely too, because we try to schedule them to accommodate the schedules and tryouts of most local youth soccer associations. That’s why the Skills Institute is a great fit for a wide variety of players, including first-time players, Lil’ Kickers graduates who are looking to join local youth soccer teams, and club players looking for a leg up in progressing to higher levels of competition.

 

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