I am relatively new to the winter indoor tournament circuit.
Last weekend marked tournament number three for me and my U-8 players as a group of players that I have been working with regularly.
WHAT A BLAST!
If you haven't been a part of a winter indoor tournament it is a little of what you would expect it to be. It's chaotic at times, emotions run high, players play a ton of games in a short period of time and things move at Usain Bolt-like speed.
Over two days, we played 7 games. We also played against some fantastic competition from across the area.
In talking with some fellow coaches, they don't care for tournaments because of the condensed nature of things. Are they a true test of how your team is doing?
I say yes. You have to be ready from the first whistle until the very end. It is as much of a test of physical endurance as mental fortitude. This is important for a young player because having a soccer IQ is as equally important as being naturally skilled in my opinion. Soccer teaches you to keep pushing even when you're tired.
The good news; what we are teaching our players in MPRSL is working. There was noticeable improvement from the fall rec season to now. We didn't win every match but I can say we were competitive in every match.
This was consistent across age ranges for other MPRSL teams competing.
Here are some photos of our U-8 teams from Sunday at the Somerset Snow Ball Tournament.
- Coach Jason