The Fieldhouse @ Canaan, NY
Introducing the Fieldhouse Futbol Club Training Ground
Fall in love with the game of soccer at the The Fieldhouse at Canaan with a fun-filled development program. The Fieldhouse FC Training Ground is based on US Soccer & Coerver-based methods, and fully integrated with Fitness for Fun resistance band training for speed, agility, and core strength. It is a learning environment with age appropriate player development. It starts with Happy Feet for our pre-schoolers, and then moves to our First Touch and Kickin' Kidz for the initial stage with children 10 and under. Players then move up to the basic stage with Skill School 1 for 9-12 year-olds, and then to the intermediate stage with Skill School 2 for 11-14 year-olds. Playmaker builds on these fundamentals and moves players onto an advanced stage of development. This is usually for players of 14 years or older. (We have overlap in age groups to account for more or less playing experience.) Our top level of achievement at the FFC Training Ground is the Jugador ... Spanish for "player". Our programs are aligned with U.S. Soccer's framework for style of play, principles of play, coaching philosophy and content, and player stages of development. The key areas of player development are Tactical, Technical, Physical and Psychosocial. The Tactical component is about creating clever players, capable of adapting to constantly changing dynamics. The Technical component is about being competent and proficient in the most important skills of the game. For these two components, we borrow heavily from Coerver teaching methods to develop skilled, confident, and creative players who love to practice and play. The Physical component is about developing speed, agility, strength and - when combined - resilience. Here we integrate our Fitness for Fun (FFF) resistance band training to enhance body weight strength. Body weight training is a safe and effective way for children to develop integrated core stability, to improve dynamic flexibility, and to create "functional" strength versus weight-room strength. Our exercises specifically focus on acceleration, deceleration, agility and footwork, and power development. The Psychosocial component is about using your emotions to your advantage and turning them into strengths. This includes communication and teamwork - constantly adapting to change and adversity - that are critical "life skills". It just so happens that they are fully leveraged in the game.