Coach's Corner: Motivating with iSoccer Competitions

What competitions have you run with iSoccer to motivate your players?

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  1. Skill Patches

    We have skill patches that our U11 Girls earn by performing iSoccer skills at certain levels. When they earn a patch, it goes on their game uniforms and practice jerseys to show their skills off to everyone else. Everyone wants to be wearing all the patches by the end of the season!

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    • We let the

      We let the highest point player pick their spot on the playing field each game. 8-9 year old girls

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      • Competition for the most TOUCHES on the ball

        Our competition was for the most TOUCHES on the ball in a month. The winner got 4 tickets to a professional game donated by a team father. 1000's and 1000's of touches, and the winner invited the 2nd and 3rd place finishers!

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        • World Cup Replica Soccer Ball

          Over our month long winter break I wanted the girls to keep getting touches on the ball so I cleared all of their isoccer points and the player with the most points when we returned from break won a world cup replica soccer ball.

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          • Buddy System

            We have had great success pairing younger players with older "buddies". The pair each pick a particular skill/challenge to focus on and work together to raise their individual and collective scores. The younger players benefit from having an older "buddy" and the older players benefit by developing their own skills while enriching our club community.

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            • Daily homework (no more than 5 min/day), scores are review during practice

              Daily homework (no more than 5 min/day), scores are review during practice

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              • Captains, Patches and Team Pizza party

                I set up several competitions for the team. First - to motivate them as a team we took a baseline at the beginning of our winter session and recorded the overall team ranking. I challenged the team to improve by 2 badges by end of winter for a team pizza party. Next, player with the highest badge score and the next two players that improved themselves the most from the start of winter would earn Captains bands for the first month of spring season. I tried to reward both overall excellence as well as hard work and self improvement this…

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                • Add yourself to the roster and challenge them to keep up with you

                  Some kids aren't that motivated to independently log in and compete with their teammates. I recently started playing again after a few years off and wanted to get in game shape. So I invited myself to join then started logging my own scores. Then I sent out an email challenging the players to keep up with me. The most improved players over 30 days will get prizes. The isoccer activity went crazy. Best thing I have ever done to get kids working on their skills at home.

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                  • 7 votes
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                    • Candy

                      Candy bars work well for U11 girls - highest score in a specific skill during the week wins the candy bar

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                      • Points competition

                        We give a prize the player with the most points for each team. We also give additional prizes. Player can get their name in the hat for every 2000 points earned. More points the more chances to win. This helps keep all players motived to earn points, even if they can't catch the top points earner.

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                        • Top 5 Points contest / Homework contests

                          We have a regular points contest during the pre-season to get the boys motivated for the season. We zero the points out and then let them compete with the Top 5 getting a prize.

                          We have also run homework contests where any boy who completes the weekly homework by the next practice gets a gatorade at practice in front of the rest of the team.

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                          • We gave season ending awards (1st, 2nd, 3rd place medals).

                            We told the boys there would be awards based on their ISoccer participation. What we ended up doing was getting medals and giving them to the top 3 ISoccer levels and top 3 ISoccer points. The ended up going to 6 different players. Each medal was customized with engraving on the back with their name and ISoccer level or points.

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                            • Videos

                              For my U13 girls, I had a contest of who could post the most 30 sec videos of them playing soccer and/or doing isoccer in various establishments throughout the community (i.e. stores, banks, restaraunts, etc) It went really well and had the girls out in the community playing soccer in public places. I'm expanding the idea this season to various places throughout the entire state. As with the first contest, top 2 video posters get prizes from me!

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                              • Captain armband

                                The boy with the most points before the next game gets to wear the captain armband.

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                                • Monthly Points Contest

                                  We recently set up a monthly points competition for the off season. The player who got the most iSoccer points in February won a gift card to the local pizza place. I reset the points on Feb 1, and then kind of monitored it over the month.

                                  The players got super fired up and really got into it! I'm starting a new one for the spring season, and would def recommend some sort of competition around points.

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