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Congratulations to Dustin Brouwer who recently signed his letter of intent to play for Indiana Tech!
Watch the Videos! What a Night!
This Is Why We Play Here!
The US Youth Soccer Midwest Regional League (MRL) announced an innovative competition platform within the MRL featuring teams from two Major League Soccer youth clubs and their affiliate premier youth soccer clubs in the Midwest.
Coming This August
U8-U12 Girls & Boys
(previousy incorrectly published as U8-U14)
Kristen Eible has been with our club for two years now. She is also a rising star in the coaching world! She graduated from Grand Valley two years ago where she was an Academic All American, a team captain, a 4-year starter and a 2-time National Champion! Kristen immediately started coaching after graduation, and she is now a professional coach (coaching full-time). As Grand Valley Coach Dave DiIanni says, "Eible was born to be a coach." Most recently (as Assistant Coach), she helped Davenport University reach its first ever National Tournament and become a top 25 NAIA team. She is also the Varsity Head Coach at East Grand Rapids where she was just voted District Coach of the Year!!!
Coach Kristen will be coaching our U11 Girls' Academy team and our U13 Girls Premier team this year. I am 100% confident that Coach Kristen will help these teams reach new heights. I can't wait to see these players and teams develop over the year with Coach Kristen.
You will see Coach Kristen involved with many camps, clinics and additional trainings this year as our new Girls ADOC. The first program she will be involved in is our Summer Excel program. She will be working with the U14/U15 group all summer!
I am so excited to be working alongside such a wonderful coach and person. I know she will help the girls' side of our club continue to grow and thrive!
- Kristin Englehart
*Michigan FIre Juniors will attempt to create as many teams as possible per age group. It is our hope to accommodate as many players as possilbe with great training and the opportunity to participate in game situations.
GVSU Soccer Fields address: 10515 Laker Village Dr.
The "Fire" Works prize winners will be posted at all tryouts, and the prizes will be available for pick up at that time. Good Luck!
By Dan McAllister
Technical Skills are the foundation for every player in the game and is likely the biggest single area that will affect every player's opportunities to advance throughout their career. Technical proficiency is an ongoing process of first learning the proper technique of a skill, then the much longer process of perfecting it.
In an article by John Rennie from Duke University entitled "Taking it to the Next Level", John writes: "I view skill as receiving and playing balls under the pressure of defending players. A player must demonstrate skill under pressure in order to play at the collegiate level. Success or failure in this situation determines further evaluation." WOW!! If you CAN play with skill under pressure, then you have a chance for further evaluation. If you CAN NOT play with skill under pressure....WOW! Players must be constantly working on technical precision, or what I like to call "Ball Mastery."
The Michigan Fire Juniors, through the curriculum and guidance of the Chicago Fire organization, are committed to the technical training of our players. As the Technical Director, I have spent much of the past two decades studying what so many successful professional clubs are doing to develop their youth players. I have had first hand exposure to our own Olympic Development Program at the state, regional and national level and have paid very close attention to what our national team coaches at every level are asking us at the youth level to focus on and why. I have had indepth exposure to some of the world's most reknowned youth development programs such as the Liverpool Academy and how they develop their youth players in an attempt to prepare those players to play in the English Premier League one day. A huge amount of their focus is technical development.
Many of our US players do not get the opportunity to advance to the next level, which is different for every player, because of the inability to play technically fast with technical precision to match. Recently, my Cornerstone University Women's Soccer Team played the Haiti National Team. In assessing the play of their national team players, we determined that in virtually every element of the game, the Haitians were "faster" than most of our players. Their technical "speed" was effected by their supple, sure touches that so often put the ball just out of the reach of our defenders allowing them to maintain possession under our fierce pressure, dictate the flow of their attack without hindrance from us, and control the ball more than we were able to.
Another important element in terms of skill development is the focus on ball mastery of the basic skills, as opposed to the entertaining "tricks" with the ball that we all enjoy watching. While these are fun to learn, they typically have little to no application in the a game, and even when they are attempted in a game, they rarely do anything to positively affect the game. The most dangerous element in the game of soccer is Speed. However, it is not simply physical speed of the players that effect the game. Technical Speed, Mental Speed, Tactical Speed, and Vision are the key contributors to overall speed of play.
Our focus at the Michigan Fire Juniors in terms of technical development will be the foundation of our overall philosophy of Player Development. This year, with our U10, U11, and U12 teams (boys and girls) we are offering an in-season supplementary Technical Training session each week in order to further develop these young players technical skills. We have developed a skills monitoring program where we will offer testing to any of these players who choose to participate at least 3 times per year in 21 different skills. We believe this gives every player a good measure of where they are in terms of technical skills, an ongoing measurement of improvement, and a central focus on the most prominent skills the game demands from our players. We have also developed a "Skills Workout" package which is all available on the Michigan Fire Juniors website under Technical Training. All of these resources are openly available to all MFJ's players regardless of age/gender and all players and parents are encouraged to use them in your own development regardless of age or ability.
If you want to see someone special in terms of mastery of the ball, check out Messi here!
4/30/13 7:18 am
Please avoid goal areas!!!
Please avoid goal areas!!!
Please avoid goal areas!!!
|Hudsonville Chr. School|
|Jenison Christian School|
|Jenison High School Soccer Complex|
|VanAndel Soccer Stadium|
|Grandville Fellowship Morren Field|
Tryouts for 2013-14 teams.
June 15 Priemer & Director's AcademyTryouts.
June 17-18 Select Tryouts.
Summer YES Camps Week!
Annual Club Meeting 7:30 p.m.
Location to be Determined