"I have always found that the more technique you have, the easier it is to express yourself. If you lack technique, you lose the freedom to create."
- Paco De Lucia, Legendary Flamenco Guitarist 1947-2014 (El Pais 2004)
started Fun Motion Soccer to give kids the foundation they need to succeed in
soccer and all sports. We measure success not in team wins, but in personal winsthat happen every time a child is able to jump
a little higher, run a little faster, kick a little harder or finally
complete a move they've been practicing.
We believe that a complete soccer player must have a strong foundation in core athletics and soccer
fundamentals. From there, tactical skills can be added to develop complete players. Soccer development experts generally agree that the
foundation must be developed by the onset of puberty (ages 12-14) for kids to reach their full potential. While more kids in the United States play soccer than any other country, only a very small percentage of them develop a good foundation for the sport and far fewer practice the creative skills needed to reach an elite level. We stress the fundamentals and give kids opportunities to express themselves as athletes.
The founders of Fun Motion Soccer love soccer and wanted
to create the best foundational soccer program available, but their greater goal is to develop active kids who become
active adults. The FMS program will help kids in all sports. Fun is part of the company name and fun is central to every Fun Motion Soccer session. If kids have fun, they will want to remain active.
The Fun Motion Soccer program Typical Fun Motion Soccer sessions include two core athletic and two soccer "games" (activities), followed by a few minutes of kid free choice play with our fun equipment. Some of the core athletic games are closely related to soccer, like running and jumping, while others are meant to develop skills that are less related to soccer like throwing, catching, and hitting with bats and racquets. Soccer is our primary focus, but we want to give kids a base for all sports.
The table shows the athletic and soccer skills we emphasize at different stages. We will initially focus on the Active Kid Start stage and then support older kids later.
Influences The FMS Program draws inspiration from two development models. The Long Term Athletic Development Model, developed in Canada, is our guiding framework for athletic development. The U.S. Soccer Federation Curriculum outlines goals for soccer development. Both models stress the importance of developing core athletics skills and a sport specific foundation as starting points to developing athletes.
Most soccer development models start at age 5 or 6, including the U.S. Soccer Federation Curriculum. The assumption is kids should develop athletic, movement and social skills prior to starting soccer. We introduce kids to soccer in the larger context of developing core athletic skills. We also reinforce the appropriate social skills needed to participate in activities with other children in a fun and safe manner.
We realize that models don't make the program. Goals are great, but the hard part is applying the art of teaching to help kids learn and develop a passion for sports. We are committed to continually assessing and improving our programs to maximize skill development and fun. The kids' progress and smiles are our biggest influences.