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Danvers First Touch Off Season Soccer Skill/Development Training on the North Shore

“Designed for the Town Players in Essex County”

“ADVANCED PRIVATE SOCCER PROGRAM”

“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best to prepare today”

  About Us

The goal of Danvers First Touch is to provide a quality soccer training program to players who want more. We offer a variety of on and off the ball training components which results in greater athleticism through a true path of development. Many young athletes today dedicate 100% to one sport; but fail to fulfill their full potential as a player by doing so. More of the same type of training & additional games does not result in a better player. Quality training sessions in a competitive environment, developing the whole athlete; body, mind and spirit, will!

Other soccer training opportunities predominantly work with the ball only (Soccer specific). The Danvers First Touch “Advanced Private Program” provides an additional component that most other training programs are missing; building a stronger and more durable athlete. Building a stronger athlete will help create a better soccer player. By combining these components, as well as our passion for the game and commitment to our players, Danvers First Touch provides a program that is ideal for most players. This program is designed to not only develop technique, but also enhance athletic ability and create smart players.

The path on which we are guiding our children may not be in their best interest.  We should want our children to be healthy strong athletes, who love the game of soccer. Are we seeing signs of burn-out, increased injuries, and additional stress caused by the demands of the current model that programs are demanding of our children?  We should want our children to play this great sport, but we should also want them to continue to excel at soccer and use soccer for all the benefits it provides. There is a better way; develop our children both as an athlete and a player. Danvers First Touch Soccer recommends consistent year round soccer training, but also encourages these young athletes to participate in other activities & sports which will help naturally develop other muscles & joints not used in soccer.

Who We Are Not

  • Our program has no affiliations to any soccer clubs, nor is the program considered to be a "Club"

 

Our Program

     Soccer Training Sessions (On Ball):

The training sessions are designed to challenge each individual player technically and tactically. The sessions are age appropriate, so players learn and develop the skills needed at their age quicker which sets the necessary solid foundation. “We do not rush development”

  • All sessions consist of lots of individual touches with a focus on using proper technique.
  • Our goal is for players to improve their command of the ball, telling the ball what to do faster, on the ground and in the air. "Not the ball controlling you".
  • Create more explosive players by concentrating on the first touch and speed of control.

Danvers First Touch offers numerous activities which help further enhance each player’s speed of play. When talking about speed of play, we are referring to speed of mind. Teaching players to recognize visual cues will help them be more creative on the ball and off. This all has to do with speed of play, speed of mind, and instinctively knowing what to do offensively and defensively in all situations. The result: It creates SMART, POSITIVE & PRO-ACTIVE players.

Agility / Strength Training Sessions (off the ball):

Soccer is a high intensive impact sport consisting of lots of change of direction, pivoting, sprinting, jogging and battling with opponents to win a ball. The sport requires touches on the ball so the player controls the ball with speed which creates time and minimizes both the risk of being in a battle with an opponent & the risk of injury. It is important to note, this sport also requires strength, agility, quickness, balance, flexibility, explosion & aerobic training. Incorporating these components into training sessions will help prevent common injuries in the game such as ankle sprains, knee sprains & tears, back & spine decompression, hamstring & groin pulls, and of course head concussions.

A strong athlete becomes a better player....

  • Sessions will focus on coordination, agility, quickness, sustained speed, explosive power, and functional strength. We will focus on joint movement, balance, core and muscle flexibility.   
  • Mobilization, Activation; At the beginning of most sessions, we will focus on how joints move and muscle flexibility. The significance of this for a soccer player:  If a hip joint does not move correctly, the knee joint will have to compensate, thus often resulting in a significant knee injury, especially under impact.
  • Confidence; All practices will be designed to both push each athlete to meet their maximal potential.  Sometimes young athletes need a boost and to be pushed out of their comfort zone in order to reach the next level. We recognize that the mental side of training is often the most important piece of an athlete’s career.  We will work to make each athlete believe in herself and want to excel. 

Did you know?

 “Female athletes are six times more likely to tear their ACL than their male counterparts, most common injuries for Male soccer athletes are muscle strains at approx 28% and then knee injuries at 25%  - there is a way to reduce this statistic for all athletes"....and that is to walk away from the ball a little, not over train and build the body.

Why This Program Works:

It unites the town structure (games & practices); it provides your child a year round development opportunity on and off the ball; it provides a more economical option to providing additional training; it is an alternative program which provides a higher level of training but with less of a time commitment than other programs.  Most of all, it will allow your child to participate in other activities which is crucial at their age for proper mental and physical development.

We are often asked the question, “If our program does not incorporate game play, then how will the players get better?” We put players in pressure situations so they get more comfortable with the ball at all times. Most sessions end with small sided games. Small sided games provide each player with more touches on the ball in pressure situations. We like to call it “ticky-tack” soccer: being able to knock the ball around in small areas, keeping possession as a team or group.

2018 - 2019 Advanced Private Soccer Program Details:

Cost - $420.00 (2 hour sessions per session)

When:  Monday’s from 4 to 6: November 19, 2018 – April 1, 2019 (No session on 12-24,  12-31 & 2-18)

Time:  4 to 6

Age/Gender: Girls: G3, G4, G6, G8  /  Boys: G4 & G6  (Maximum Participants per group is 15 players)

Location:  Danvers Indoor Sports

Our Goal: Challenging each player with a combination of individual skills (technique component) physical fitness (Physical component), strong will (Physiological component) and decisions making every time the ball moves (tactical component).

Conclusion: With combination of ball work and by improving what is done off the field and exposing these athletes to a focused agility and conditioning program will help develop them to be a better soccer players.

Other Winter Training Option

Winter Skills (Saturday Mornings): $190.00 (separate registration but for those who are interested and participating in the Advanced training will be discounted $25.00) November 17, 2018 / March 30, 2019 (No sessions on 12-29-18 & 2-23-19)

BOTH (Advanced Monday’s & Skills Saturday’s): $584.00

To register please visit www.ecyfl.org (go to online registeration on the left hand menu)

         

Danvers First Touch Coach Staff:

Michael Blanch (Danvers First Touch Founder, USSF D, NSCAA Level 3, MYSA Select Coach, DYS Director of Player Dev. & Coach Ed.)

Edgar de Leon, M.Ed. (USSF B, NSCAA Adv. National license, MYSA Select Coach, DYS Director of Coaches)

Bryan Lee (NSCAA National License)

Eric Chajon (USSF F, Everett High School Boys Coach, MYSA Select Coach, CSCS:Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist)

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If for any reason you request a refunded your refund will be prorated and you will be charged a $25.00 cancelation fee to cover administration & transaction fees.