Helping Young Soccer Players Succeed

The success of this year's U.S. Women's National Soccer Team has captivated all of us. Perhaps their big win has inspired a young soccer player at your house, or maybe you are hoping to raise the next Rapinoe. At California Family Fitness, we're all about working your way towards a dream. We're also in full support of participating in activities just for the love of the game. After all, we believe that getting fit should be fun!

Success looks different on everyone, and that's especially true when it comes to kids and sports. For some kids--especially very young first-timers--a successful season may be one where they learn the rules of the game and names of their teammates. Other kids who are several seasons into playing a sport may have loftier goals, like making it onto an elite team, earning a certain number of points for their team, or gaining a specific skill. There are lots of ways for families to support young athletes.

Below, we're sharing a few tips especially for soccer players, but many of them will apply to other sports, as well. In addition, we're excited to partner with Sacramento Republic FC to offer soccer clinics this summer.

  • Hydration is essential. Summer practices can be especially grueling, but anytime a young athlete is working up a sweat, they should have plenty of access to fluids. Small disposable bottles of water are really not enough. We recommend having your child bring at least 36 ounces of water in an insulated container.
  • Nutrition gives a boost. Give your young athletes the edge with good, clean nutrition. Check out these ideas for healthy summer snacks that can be noshed on the go, or a yummy post-workout snack that is free of processed sugars. Driving to and from practice and games could mean a lot of meals on the go. For a healthy alternative to the drive-in, try this recipe for Burritos to Go.
  • Injury Prevention. No one wants to be out for the season due to an injury. While some accidents are unavoidable, there are many things you can do to help your child's body be more resilient and also lessen the likelihood of serious injuries. Our own Dr. Taglio recently offered some great tips for this, including proper equipment, stretching and warming up, and practicing good form.
  • Injury Preparedness. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure....but it's good to bring the cure along, anyway! Keep an on-the-go first aid kit with you in case of accidents at practice or game day. While no one wants to think about worst-case scenarios, brushing up on your CPR skills is always recommended.
  • Sportsmanship. Teach your child the important skills of respecting others on and off the field. Make a point of teaching and practicing at home actions like complimenting others, listening to coaches, following rules, and being a team player. Remember, as a parent your behavior at practice and game day should model good sportsmanship for the young athlete, so be kind to parents and players on the other team, show respect for coaches and officials, and hold your own temper.
  • Practice. If your child truly wants to grow as a player, practicing the game is very important. California Family Fitness and Sacramento Republic FC are excited to bring several soccer skill building clinics to you! More information about our upcoming clinics below. Kids_Soccer

Led by Sacramento Republic pros, these soccer clinics are based on the team’s philosophy, focusing on the development of individual technical skills in a fun, challenging and safe environment. Experienced players will help younger players apply the technical skills they learn to tactical situations, for a holistic development approach that leads to success on the field.

Players should bring shin guards, soccer clothing, footwear, and a water bottle.

Clinics are at the Rocklin Sports Complex at the following dates and times:

Tuesday, August 13th  
6:00pm - 7:30pm 
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Thursday, August 15th  
4:30pm - 6:00pm 
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Tuesday, August 27th  
Goalie Clinic
4:30pm - 6:00pm 
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