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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Endurance Matters

In youth athletics, endurance matters.

The team with the most energy towards the end of a game usually wins.

Lots of youth athletes look AMAZING in the first half of a game, and then things start to fall apart after half time.

They get tired.

And tired teams usually don’t play their best.

If you want to ensure your team comes out fresh in the second half, you need to start doing HIIT.

HIIT= High Intensity Interval Training

High-Intensity Interval Training describes any workout that alternates between intense bursts of activity and fixed periods of less-intense activity.

It’s Efficient: In fact, our HIIT circuits take just 10 minutes, but your athletes will achieve MORE in 10 minutes than they would running for half an hour.

It Improves Cardio Like Nothing Else: Most youth athletes aren’t used to pushing into the anaerobic zone (where it’s actually hard to get out a sentence because you are breathing so hard).   But it’s that anaerobic zone that offers amazing results.  One 2006 study found that after 8 weeks of doing HIIT workouts, subjects could bicycle twice as long as they could before the study, while maintaining the same pace.

It’s Fun: There are lots of exercises you can use for a HIIT circuit, but we’ve designed ours to be fun for kids. All of our HIIT exercises involve a ball.

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Change Your Game in Soccer

Your greatest weapon when playing soccer is your mind prior to and during the game.

Your mindset is how you mentally approach and prepare for soccer.

When you have an effective mindset, you have belief that you can win games, or at least compete at a high level even against very good teams.

Negative thoughts will creep in for you, but the goal is to have most of your thoughts enhance confidence and have the ability to refocus when negativity creeps in.

A positive mindset reduces anxiety prior to games, allows you to play freely or intuitively on the pitch and keeps the focus on the task at hand.

A positive mindset not only affects how you approach games, but also how you approach practices and training sessions.

When you have intensity and drive, you train hard and compete in practice rather than merely being physically present in practice.

When you have a strong mindset, you are passionate about competition and enjoy playing your sport, both of which contribute to your success as an athlete.

Is your mindset helpful or hurt your game?

If your mindset is mostly negative, do you think you can do anything about it? Or do you believe "it is what it is?"

The truth is your mindset is a choice. YOU control your mindset.

Your mindset is something you foster by your decision of where to place your focus.

Focus on fear, deficiencies in your game, mistakes, comparisons or the negative criticisms of other, you will grow a negative mindset... and that negative mindset will show in your performance during games.

Focus on your strengths, effort in training, successes and your will to improve your game, and you will cultivate a positive mindset.

A positive mindset will produce positive results in games. Positive results don’t always mean wins; it means playing aggressively, playing to your potential, competing throughout the game, never giving up and making plays.

Change your mindset... change your game!

Tips For Fostering a Positive Competitive Mindset:

"Competitive" means to compete or to make a full-out effort to be successful.

You can improve your mindset by getting into the habit of competing at your peak all the time.  Start competing in practice... push during drills, race to the ball, play aggressively during scrimmages, etc.

As you start winning battles, finishing first during runs, hustling in games, you will notice that your mindset changes... and the results will be positive!

Monday, May 29, 2017

A Year of Success

This Weekend and this month was and as been very special to me...

After so many struggles to establish Victory Soccer Club we achieved in 3 years so much... 9 promotions in our youth teams, 4 Division Championships, and one more can happen in the last week with the U11 boys.

We brought back the U23 team and slowly we intend in developing into a powerhouse of soccer...

I am achieving my goals with the support of all of you that believe in Victory Project and I can not be more thankful and happy...

It was not easy to get where we are now with all our teams being so competitive on the field and having an Elite team in only 3 years...

This weekend I achieved a dream... the Dream of playing for Victory... at the age of 46 years old I defended Victory S.C. goal and we won... I was part on the field as a player and as a coach to the success that I work every day so hard and with so much passion.

I do not have any intentions to keep playing... but it was an experience that I can not forget... to be on the field... defending Victory shield in a competitive game sanctioned by USSF and USASA.

I cannot express in words... the gratitude and happiness that life decided to offer me... to all Victory members... THANK YOU!

You made my Dream possible!

Sergio Taborda
Director of Coaching

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Invisible Training

Not all performance improvements are gained in the field

Have you ever stopped to think about when improvement occurs in your training cycle? You may have never thought about this, but you should. Is it right after a hard workout? Is it 12 or 24 hours after a workout?

For most people, the benefits of the work done need time to transpire, and once the body has adapted, you start to see performance improvements.

Some coaches even refer to this recovery period as “invisible training,” less obvious than the actual workout, but vitally important. You may not be doing sets and reps, but when and how you recover determines how much you’ll reap from your “real training” sessions.

Understanding when your improvement happens is crucial if you want to continue to improve your performance because the ability to recover is what changes most as you age. You do not lose the ability to increase strength or power as you age, rather your body slows down its recovery response rate. This cannot be overstated: your ability to recover from training is what changes as you age, not your ability to improve strength or power.

If you don’t adapt your training schedule and intensity to match the biological changes that your body is going through, your training will not continue to produce the effects you seek.

Anyone can train hard, that’s usually not the issue. Instead, it’s whether or not you know when to train hard and when to back off to allow your body to fully recover. If you don’t know when to retreat, you’ll slowly drive yourself into a deeper and deeper hole. This is when sickness and sub-par performances take the place of feeling healthy and seeing improvements on a regular basis. Also known as over-training, this is a lousy place for performance-focused players to reside, and it happens to many Top players who may think that more training is always better.

Though this problem is common, the fix is simple. Shift your mindset. Realize that some benefits are gained not from training harder, but by recovering better. Intensify your recovery period, and you’ll notice more gains. This might seem counter intuitive, but recovering effectively and consistently is a skill you can learn, and you’ll probably have to experiment to find the best methods for your body.
Over the years, some of the athletes I train have found one or two strategies from this list that really help. Individual variation is an important component of applying these strategies. Experiment with these strategies to see whether your performance improves.

Recovery Strategies

Consistent and sufficient sleep. Many people are chronically sleep deprived, and although it can be difficult to get enough sleep, it’s vitally important to your performance not just in the field, but across all aspects of your life.

Proper nutrition. We all seem to be eating on the run these days, but take the time to eat properly and you’ll likely see a performance increase when your body has the appropriate balance of nutrients it needs to perform at the top level.

Stretching, foam rolling. All of these activities can help release lactic acid that accumulates in the muscles during a training session. When the body can efficiently flush these toxins out and repair the training-inflicted damage done to the muscles during a workout, you will likely see bigger gains from your work in the field.

Proper warm-up and cool-down procedures. Similar to stretching, warming up and cooling down before and after a tough training session prepares your body appropriately for the work that’s coming and helps the body process the work after it’s been completed.

Icing, cold plunges, and contrast baths. Though chilly, these methods can help reduce inflammation in the body after a workout, which also helps flush out toxins and improves your body’s response to a training session.

Massage and chiropractic adjustments. Keeping everything limber and in alignment can also help your body work smoothly and may enable you to get more out of your training time.

Remember, improvement does not come strictly from actual training sessions. You improve during your recovery, that space in between training sessions when your body does important repair, adaption, and improvement functions.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Top Coach Announcement for 2017/18 Season

Victory Soccer Club is pleased to announce that Coach Paulo Bento from Portugal is joining our coaching staff in the United States.

Paulo Bento holds an U.E.F.A. A License and as an extensive experience with professional soccer as a player and as well as a coach.

Part of his great experiences was working in one of the most recognizable youth academies in the world, 9 years in the Sporting Club Portugal Youth Academy, where talents like Cristiano Ronaldo, Quaresma, Rui Patricio, Luis Figo and so many others succeed all over European clubs like Manchester United, Barcelona, Real Madrid and many others.

As a Head Coach, Paulo worked in first division clubs like Vitoria de Setubal and Portimonense. Also had experiences in Brazil and China.

We welcome Coach Paulo Bento into our great project. Victory Soccer Club is determined to bring the best coaching possible to our youth players.

Such quality coaching will benefit our program in the USA and we decided to postpone our project in Portugal to give priority to our Youth Academy players.

Go Victory!!!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Secrets To Being Best At Anything - Trainability

Don’t Let Anyone Say You Don’t Have Talent!

You get told you don’t have natural talent at something. Or you’re not smart enough. Not fast enough. So you get discouraged and quit.

But new research is showing some abilities don’t make themselves visible until challenges get hard enough. 

Once things get hard enough, people start to be
differentiated and see some skills that they
probably didn’t even know they had. Those skills
were only activated once they got into the right
spot and the challenges got difficult.

There’s a new factor in sports research called
“trainability.” Some people may not have natural
talent but they may be highly trainable.

They start out below average but improve far
faster. When we measure these people on day one they get told they “don’t have it.” But after a few weeks or months they’re blowing away the so-called naturals. The lesson? Hang in there.

So talent’s not as big an issue as you may have thought. But where should you focus your energy?

What Do You “Rage To Master”?

What do prodigies have in common? The “rage to master.” It’s an insatiable desire to get better at something specific. ” It’s the obsessive desire to improve at something.

We think of prodigies as little miracle kids. And yeah, when you look at tests of working memory they score off the charts. But that’s the only metric they all have in common. So they don’t have completely alien super-brains.

A huge part of why they’re so good is they found the thing they had natural talent for and relentlessly applied themselves. And that’s something we can all do. 

Real prodigies basically all score in the 99.9th percentile of working memory but after that they score really, really differently. It suggests that while they have some horsepower, they also have individualized unique strengths that have made them good for what they do. They aren’t just interchangeable. They gravitated toward unique strengths that they have.

So you know what you’re passionate about and you’re working hard. What’s the best way to get started? You’ll be surprised…

Learn Like A Baby.

When did you learn the most and learn the fastest?
There’s no debate: it’s when you were a baby. You didn’t get clear instructions from anybody on anything and yet you learned some of the most complex things in the world, like walking and talking.

This process (“implicit learning”) isn’t just for babies. We’re often too focused on executing very specific steps and so we don’t take the time to fumble around and make mistakes like when we were kids.

As adults we think we don’t have time for it but it’s one of the reasons we don’t learn as well as when we were little. 

Allowing implicit learning early in whatever we’re learning, whether it’s chess, whether it’s looking at market patterns, whatever it is, is very important. You don’t want too much explicit coaching early on. You want to learn like a baby.
Babies are immersed and they’re given immediate feedback and they have to strive and try. Only later do you formally teach them things like grammar.

And it’s not just speculation. Research with young surgeons is showing the power of learning like a baby. 

On the first try those given explicit instructions were better, but very very quickly the ones who
started with more implicit-style learning surpassed them in surgical speed and accuracy.

What’s the main question you should be asking yourself when trying to improve?

Ask “What’s Most Important Here?”

You’re focused on improving the wrong thing.

The hallmark of expertise is figuring out what information is important. And in many cases, these are things that are implicitly learned that the performer themselves would not be able to tell you. 

Be A Pain In The Ass

The Groningen talent studies have been following kids in the classroom and in a variety of sports for 15 years now. What do the ones who go on to get the best grades or become pro athletes have in common?

They didn’t merely do what they were told. They questioned coaches and teachers. They pushed back.

They asked if this was the right activity for them to be doing. 

The kids that outdid their peers in the classroom and the kids that went on to become pros in a
variety of sports had behavioral traits in common.

The kids who went to the top in soccer, for example, they displayed what the scientists called
“self-regulatory behavior.” It’s a 12-year-old who’s going up to their trainer and saying, “I think this drill is a little too easy. What is this working on again? Why are we doing this? I think I’m having a problem with this other thing.

So you’re asking questions. You’re engaged. Now how do you apply that to the skill you’re working

Find Your “Optimal Push” 

The kids who questioned their teachers got to know themselves better. So they were better judges of what they could and couldn’t do.

This allowed them to best practice at a level where they were always stretching themselves but not so much that the task was impossible. This is called “optimal push.”

Knowing your “optimal push” means you don’t plateau — you just keep getting better. And when you screw up you’ll learn more from your mistakes.

“Optimal push” is something that’s a little harder than what you’ve ever done but not so hard it’s out of your reach. When the other kids plateau, these kids don’t. And that’s on the playing field and in the classroom. The kids who had these self-regulatory skills get more out of their mistakes than their peers do. Their failures are not wasted opportunities; they draw something from them.

Let’s say you’re doing everything mentioned thus far. Awesome. If you had to sum up the most important thing to focus on in just one word, what would it be?

The #1 Thing Is Reflection

In one word the thing that all the top kids (in school or any sport) all had in common.

Reflection.” They think about what they did and ask themselves if it’s working. 

When they do something, whether it’s good or bad, they take time for reflection. They asked
themselves “Was it difficult enough? Was it too easy? Did it make me better? Did it not?” It
sounds simple and sounds facile, but I think we don’t do it. We naturally gravitate toward increasing comfort in everything we do in our jobs. We become more efficient and we fall prey to that efficiency. That’s a disaster. When all your efforts are things that you can do easily and without thinking about them, you’re not going to improve.

Let’s pull everything together and bust one more big myth about being the best at anything.

Enough Reading. Time For Doing.

- Don’t Let Anyone Say You Don’t Have Talent
- What Do You “Rage To Master”?
- Ask “What’s Most Important Here?”
- Be A Pain In The Ass
- Find Your “Optimal Push”
- The #1 Thing Is Reflection

Some of you might think the above doesn’t really apply to you. It’s too late to start something. Or
you’re too old to learn.

Wrong. The latest research says you’re never too old to learn. You can teach an old dog new tricks.

I think what the science is saying at this point is that a lot of the limitations that were placed on older learners and older athletes didn’t have any empirical backing. As we get older we trade a more flexible brain for one that is more efficient. We see that in sports and we see that in other cognitive skills. Experience and efficiency make up for some of the raw horsepower that we may lose as we age.

The main takeaway here is that - It’s never too late to be great.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Victory Soccer Club Receives 2017 Best of Business Award

Beverly Award Program Honors the Achievement

Victory Soccer Club has been selected three years in a row for the 2017 Best of Beverly Awards for Soccer Clubs and now qualifies for the Beverly Business Hall of Fame.

BEVERLY March 2, 2017 -- Victory Soccer Club has been selected for the 2017 Best of Beverly

Award in the Soccer Clubs category by the Beverly Award Program.

Each year, the Beverly Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Beverly area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2017 Beverly Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Beverly Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Beverly Award Program

The Beverly Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Beverly area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Beverly Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Beverly Award Program

Beverly Award Program