Coaching Workshops Set Direction for 2014
By Hubert Busby Jr.
Greetings Sounders faithful,
The technical evaluation of players at all levels is neverending. However, it's even more prominent this time of year. Whether it be scouts recommending players during the European transfer window, MLS preseason camps commencing, or youth coaches assessing the progress of their players, the constant evaluation process is vital to the growth of any soccer club.
The Sounders Women's recruitment strategy is year-round. This month it will intensify as we prepare for our open trials next month; Mar. 22-23 at Starfire Sports.
This year, we will once again look internationally, domestically and locally for the next up-and-coming stars. We want to play our part in the development of the next Hope Solo, Sydney Leroux, Megan Rapinoe or Erin McNulty. By working with professional Clubs, Washington Youth Soccer, and local youth organizations, we want to identify and nurture the next generation of talented players here in the state of Washington.
Young Sounders, such U-17 National Team player Maddie Schultz, have a bright future in the game. It goes to show the great work being done by the youth clubs in the state to develop such talent. We are always on the lookout for proven players, but we spend just as much time trying to identify "whispering talent."
As a club, we always have to take into consideration that there are late developers in the game. This is an element of player assessment that is often overlooked in North America. Whether it be with youth or professional clubs, having a large pool of like-minded players to work with is critical to the overall development of players, teams and the game in general. We plan on thoroughly evaluating those late or overlooked players at our open trials next month.
As coaches, especially those of us that work with youth, let's always keep an open mind to evaluating talent. We need to remember that providing feedback and assessing players does not just happen at try-outs.
Keep the ball rolling....
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