Elite Player Development
Players are inspired to develop to the best of their capabilities with the following curriculum points:
Emphasis on a player’s ability to control the ball with all surfaces of the feet and body. Ability to pass, cross, and shoot. Ability to use feints, pull backs, and misdirection moves in 1v1 situations.
The understanding of when, where, why, and how to use specific techniques in match situations. Functional technique relates more specifically to combinations, movement, and and overall understanding of shapes and angleswithin the game.
At the early stages of development and beyond, players will be challenged in trainings with 1v1+2v2 exercises. It is a critical teaching point that players are capable of taking on defenders and creating while driving into space.
Emphasis on a player’s ability to read the game. When do I pass? When do I dribble? When do I shoot? Players must understand when and how to penetrate, how to switch, and how to reset play. Furthermore, players must understand how to press and defend as a team. Counter-pressing and counter-attack are two key principals that are discussed in training sessions.
Determination to Compete
Players and teams are to compete with a passion for the game. In order to develop to the highest potential, players will possess the determination to become the best version of themselves possible. Pressing, physical fitness, discipline, and respect are instilled in every session. The determination to win the ball from an opponent is equally as important as the enjoyment of possessing it.
Values and Psychological Approach to Coaching
"Never try to be better than someone else. Learn from others, and try to be the best you can be.
Success is the by-product of that preparation."
- John Wooden
Each player and team presents an individual project. A coach’s goal is not to be the best team in your league, community, club, etc. A Valencia Coach’s priority is to develop players and teams to become the BEST VERSION OF THEMSELVES. This is how we measure true success.
My approach was always to relate to each player as a whole person, not just a cog in the machine. That meant pushing him to discover what distinct qualities he could bring to the game beyond taking shots and making passes. How much courage did he have? Or resilience? What about character under fire?
Many players I’ve coached didn’t look special on paper, but in the process of creating a
role for themselves they grew into formidable champions.
- Phil Jackson (Sacred Hoops)