Below is taken from my blog post today at www.athletebydesign.com...
Okay I have tried really hard not to make this blog solely a platform to do nothing but complain. But this one is over the top. The following is EXACTLY the reason why we as performance coaches need to continue to push to integrate into a complete coaching team with youth clubs. Checkout part of the following 4 week preseason program for a youth soccer club specifically for girls ages U15-U18:
Day One 2 mile run Under 12:30 min
Day Two 1 mile run Under 5:30 min
Day Three 1 min run Under 5:15 min
Day One 3 mile run Under 20 min
Day Two 2 mile run Under 12 min
Day Three 1 mile run UNDER 5 min
This is absolutely INSANE!! I don't know of a single youth female soccer player that could do this, much less a college female player. This clearly shows the lack of education among the soccer coaching world and their understanding of physical preparation of youth.
In my next post I will provide an alternate suggestion for high school soccer players to improve fitness during their winter months going into preseason.