Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Glendale now home to soccer academy

There is now a facility in Glendale that has year round soccer available with coaching by international-level coaches. This is an inexpensive way to get your child more repetition in the off season or to further develop their skills during the season. If your son or daughter enjoys soccer you might want to check it out.

Here's an article from AZCentral.com with more details about it.

When I was growing up I played just about every sport - baseball, soccer, pop-warner football, basketball, swimming - just about anything my parents could sign us up for. Some sports came naturally to me, while others took more practice to achieve competence. Even more importantly, some sports I enjoyed practicing while others I did not.

Baseball, for example, was something that I did not really enjoy. I went to practice and played in the games. We would occasionally play catch in the backyard, but that was about it. I was naturally good at baseball, I just generally didn't care for it. Soccer, on the other hand, was a sport I could not get enough of – I wanted to play (or practice) all the time. It is amazing how quickly a youngster (or anyone, for that matter) improves in something with practice.

For a kid that isn't as obvious as it sounds. If you go to the front yard and do 100 left-handed lay-ups in basketball, or dribble for 15 minutes without using your right hand, you're going to become a better basketball player. Imagine how much better you can get over the course of time if you continue to practice. The same holds true for soccer, tennis – anything; if you practice it you'll get better at it.

Well, I'm not a parent who is going to push my children to do anything they don't want to do. But if they enjoy something and want to play / practice / get better at it, then I'm going to do what I can to help them. If soccer becomes their sport of choice, we'll become regulars at the soccer academy.

- Chris Butterworth