My daughter really finds the Captain Elite clinics beneficial. She loves playing with other quality players from around the state, but more importantly Mike focuses on key aspects of the game that are often missed in her club training. The recent speed of play clinic was awesome! As a parent I appreciate the quality of coaching and the ability for Mike to create a great learning environment. Even though my daughter plays at an elite ECNL level, she always comes back with new confidence and lessons learned.
Having ONE topic broken out from classroom to field multiple times was very effective. Two main things that we walked away with was LOOK-DECIDE-RECEIVE. My daughter told me flat out that is not how she has been playing. The other was when and how to move the ball forward. Both of these totally changed her thinking.
The speed of play clinic was a very valuable experience as it challenged Syd to evaluate the game in a different manner than ever before. Having the classroom learning sessions teach the concepts, then go to the field, then reinforce back in the classroom helped her grasp concepts much quicker. A big take home for her was when she told me how this clinic opened her eyes to the difference between her current speed of play and where she needs to be for the next level
Thanks for all you do. Victoria and Avery always learn something new. Victoria felt that she learned the importance of levels of passing and splitting defense to expedite counterattack, importance of quick first 1-2 touches, and playing to and receiving on the leading foot to increase speed of second touch, and trying to anticipate passing zones before she gets the ball on counterattack. I really think they seem to get more from your training than anywhere else.
Everyone knows speed of play is important but discussing the theory behind what it is and what you can actually do to improve your speed of play is invaluable. My daughter left the clinic charged up with a clear idea of how to develop her speed of play and the impact it will have. Knowledge + skills = success!
My daughter simply loves to train at Captain Elite bashes & clinics. The Speed of Play clinic helped her learn to decide when to hold the ball and when it needs to be played quickly. Teaching her to look and make decisions earlier will really change her game. The ability to play quickly, under pressure, while reducing turnovers is already helping her game.