The purpose of the Lawrence Hamnett Soccer Association is to develop, promote, govern, and perpetuate the game of soccer for the youth of Lawrence Township, NJ. It is our goal to provide a soccer environment that stresses a relaxed, fun-oriented approach

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US Soccer Curriculum
(Claudia Reyna, Youth Technical Director)

Here you will find links to download the entire curriculum or its separate parts. The Curriculum serves as a common blueprint and language for coaches to implement US Soccer's core mission of developing our players with an eye toward a possession-based, attacking style of play.

US Soccer is placing a strong emphasis on improving coaching. Watch US Soccer Technical Director and former Men's National Team Captain Claudio Reyna explain the new curriculum, as well as other short video links. Not only are they inspirational, but they are also informative on how the curriculum was developed and how to use it.

 

The four take-home messages of The Curriculum are...

  • development over winning
  • maximize training effectiveness by being prepared
  • keep things age appropriate
  • make it fun for the players

The Curriculum develops a style of play based on four commonalities of top clubs/countries

  • they keep possession
  • they control the game
  • they create more chances
  • they run less

 
 

Player Development Guidelines-Best Practices
For Coaching in the United States

This document is designed to give youth and junior level coaches a basic set of ideas that can help open up the game of soccer to children in ways that celebrate the spontaneous qualities of soccer. It represents a series of recommendations that have been compiled and reviewed by U.S. Soccer's Coaching Education staff and the Men's and Women's National Team staffs. It presents a compilation of what U.S. Soccer considers to be an appropriate, comprehensive and responsible approach to developing sound soccer players.
 

Coaching Means Correcting

A short resource from the July 2011 edition of Soccer Journal. In order to establish technically sound players coaches must be keenly aware of correcting improper technique. This is a very challenging aspect of coaching - having the ability to recognize and correct subtle (but impactful) mistakes. It is only through the improvement of practiced observation that our coaching staff will realize the benefit of technical development by accelerating the ability and the proficiency of players to play a possession and attacking style of soccer.
Partnership with the NY Red Bulls

We currently use the NY Red Bulls organization for our training needs. One trainer is assigned to our club and rotates amongst all of our teams. Weekly training schedules are provided to all managers and coaches. This arrangement has several tangible benefits to the club, which not only includes high-level trainers, but an unmatched infrastructure with the web portal with downloadable PDF training sessions, individual team analyses, and video training sessions, as well as camp resources, etc. In order for this arrangement to be effective for our players and coaches, it is imperative that coaches interact frequently with our Red Bulls trainer to guide ideas for the training sessions and to use the resources in the portal.