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Tulsa Soccer Training : Nurturing a Player

PRIDE Soccer Training – Episode 3 – The Importance of Nurturing a Player – 4-6-2017_mixdown.mp3

Hello and welcome to the pride of Tulsa soccer training podcast brought to you by pride. Soccer training Tulsa Tulsa’s number one program for personal soccer training and player development. In this podcast soccer coach and trainer O’Neill benched the founder and CEO of pride soccer training will share his knowledge and insight and Proven Strategies for player success both on and off the pitch. Pride of Tulsa soccer training mission is simple to help soccer players systematically grow and progressively develop in both character and skill. Pride of Tulsa’s soccer training helps players achieve their personal goals so that they can win both on the pitch and in everyday life. This is Episode 3 the importance of nurturing a player O’Neill How are you doing.

Doing fantastically well and you.

I’m doing great. Let’s jump right into this.

Explain to us why. You know it’s so important to nurture a player in and like what exactly does that even mean.

All right. It’s important to nurture a player because that’s what gives them the environment and the freedom to try things and feel safe. It’s like having a fence you know around a child and saying you can play in this fence and it’s safe and nothing wrong and nothing but bad can happen to you here. And so they need that safety net to be able to try and do new things and perform now to nurture a player means to provide accurate information patience and instruction or guidance.

OK. So how exactly does pride of Tulsa soccer training go about the process of nurturing the soccer players at Pride of Tulsa soccer training.

We know what proper technique is and how to teach it in a systematic way so it’s easily understood by players of all ages. We understand that becoming proficient at skills such as shooting passing trapping dribbling and hitting the ball takes time. Some players must grasp this technique easily and some Raf’s grasp new techniques quickly.

So it’s just one of those things that you we you’re saying that some people grasp the technique like really quickly. And then for some people it takes a longer time.

Yes. Thank you. And it’s not just berries. And so it varies.

And so we personalize our sessions based on that player’s needs. We also teach the practical application of a skill. So a player understands how to be functional and efficient with that new skill instead of just flashy.

So I have a question about that. Why. What’s wrong with being flashy. Because I see a lot of times on games and I think a lot of players actually kind of are drawn to that. But it’s cool like to see the flashy thing but break that down like why is it not just about being flashy. What’s the deal with that.

OK. So to me be being flashy is just doing a move to show someone up but being efficient is you do the moves with style and flair but it ends up with either a goal in the back of the net or across for someone else to finish or nice clear inside of the back. So there is a purpose to what you’re doing is not just doing it to show out but is doing it with a purpose kind of showing out like with a purpose I guess like Correct.

That’s it. And so I think we’re going to talk about player development and nurturing. You were saying you know how you guys go about nurturing players did you have more about that Tulsa Soccer Training .

Yes so we were basically like I was saying awhile ago we personalize our sessions for those players so that they can develop in the best way for them. Also we have a nurturing environment which requires patience. So we are patient with the players. If they’re not understanding something we take the time to show it to them and we figure out the best way to show it to them so they understand it.

OK. Did you have like a particular coach or someone maybe who had faith in you. Maybe like a coach you provided great training for you or nurtured you personally.

Yes I had. I can give you two examples of this and the best way and it really developed a lot of confidence in me and that’s what nurturing does for players is it provides them with confidence. So for instance I played on the flanks growing up and that means on the wings on the sides of the field and I had a coach that was say to me when I got the ball and I start to dribble he would say take them on Shaun Tulsa Soccer Training .

And at first I was like what who is who is Shaun. I’m not sure. And so now what do you say. How would he say take him on Shaun.

That’s my best interpretation but but he would say that for a while it took me like second game I like I realized oh he’s telling me take them on son. So when I heard that they gave me more confidence to dribble at people and take them on and go at them. Now he also equipped me with knowing when to do it and what not to do. So when I got into the attacking third the final third of the field or the half and I had time and space that was the time to take people on and I would beat them and cross the ball and for forwards to finish. And so over time I built a lot of confidence in my ability to dribble. And he gave me that confidence.

So let me get this straight you you were naturally gifted at dribbling is that something like that you actually work or did you work at that skill and develop it how did that go for you.

It was both. It was a natural thing that I had but I also worked very hard at it because I enjoyed it so much. And the other side of it too is I had a family that supported me a lot in that area. My father was loved to see me dribble and loved for me to go out people so he was he would always motivate me in that way and we grew up watching Brazilian soccer games and I’d watch the wing back to the overlap and I watched a beautiful game. You know Brazil in the 80s they were a beautiful team to watch. And you know around the time I was 13 I really start to get serious about playing soccer and that was about the time her uncle moved up and we would train every day Tulsa Soccer Training .


Yes Uncle Bo I love them so we would train every day. And you know start off first I’d be humiliated he’d like not make me put the ball between my legs and laugh and you know my dad would laugh and I kid you know so passionate that I would actually cry about it at age 13.

And so I cry by myself. But they were hard. They were hard on you like in a loving way. Yes. Yes. So when I look back at it it’s funny to me but at that moment it wasn’t so funny.

Tulsa Soccer Training  So but eventually you know a few months or years down the road I ended up not making him and going inside and laughing about it and I started to develop better technique and touch I could juggle the ball and I could apply my touch to the game. I knew exactly what to do with the ball when I got it. And so now I had confidence in dribbling and defending and you know shooting all these different areas of my game start to increase because I worked hard at it. But I also had that nurturing environment that gave me the confidence to try things and do things and become a very good player.


So I love the whole like full circle there with you and all the words like he started out you know nutmeg and you are kicking the ball between your legs and then you you are dead or you could do it back to him. Yes. That had to be self-fulfilling finally. Are you still 13 when you are able to do that or did you years.

It took a few years. I think I was maybe 15 and at that time we could both go at it.

I mean it was it was intense. It was intense but fine but fine yeah.

And loving. So I love that story because it kind of points to the whole idea that development takes time. It’s not like you practice for five minutes and then you can just get him back right away. It took years of consistent work and training.

That’s correct. And I’ll give you more I’ll add more to this story. So 15. I’m getting better and more proficient. You know I had like a grandfather of our team he said to me or my dad one time that he’s going to be one of the best players on this team. And I didn’t know at the time he said that he passed away shortly thereafter. And you know when my dad told me it gave me a lot more confidence. But when you fast forward to when I’m 17 I have this game where I go out of town and we’re playing in Austin and I were at the showcase and I’m having a pretty good game I thought but apparently it was better than pretty good because at the game there were some national teams scouts and I got a national team try out after playing in those games. So when you go from 13 to struggling with confidence trying to figure out what you’re doing and crying and then you get to 15 when you actually are doing some things well and you are able to give back what you get in the game. And then at 17 you have a national team try out it.

It just blew my mind. Even now it blows my mind when I look back and I think man when you apply hard work proper technique a nurturing environment you know anything can be accomplished with that. And that to me speaks volumes. And so if you provide nurturing environments with the right information and patience and guidance you can produce quality players over and over and over again.

That is a wonderful so inspiring that that hard work pays off. I know for me I truly appreciate the nurturing aspect. You know that you bring to your training sessions and that you work with the you know soccer players because I think of our son Jackson you know as a parent you really love and care about your child and want the best for them. And so I think it’s important to know that your child is in caring hands that are also capable because it’s like I want to know that they’re you know going to get the great instruction but they’re also loved and respected and cared for. You know would you agree with that.

Absolutely. You have to care about the player and you have to be able to train and develop them in the way that produces the highest results.

So encouraging players to be creative with their technical ability is one of the biggest benefits a coach or trainer can give a player the nurturing development of a player is a foundational part of our training philosophy at Pride of Tulsa soccer training.

Thank you so much. Oh Neal. That is our time. It’s always great talking with you about your passionate love for soccer.

Thank you. Thank you for having me.

Yes. To our listeners thank you for joining us. Thank you for listening to Tulsa’s only soccer training podcast at Pride of Tulsa the soccer training. We strive to develop every player in all of these areas that Coach O’Neill was discussing. We want players to be technically sound and creatively strong when they’re on the pitch. If you want to learn more about pride of Tulsa soccer training please visit our Web site pride. Tulsa dot com or you can give us a call today at 9 1 8 7 0 9 0 9 8 3 at Pride of Tulsa soccer training. We teach both character and skill. And if you are willing to put in the hard work the results are guaranteed. Thank you again so much for joining us. Until next time