08 Jan Clubs taking advantage of Players First skills path in TopYa! app
Since Players First partner TopYa! introduced Players First video skills challenges, youth players have been displaying their talents through numerous videos uploaded through TopYa!’s mobile app.
The Players First skills challenges, designed by fellow Players First partner Beast Mode Soccer, are a series of training videos that encourage players to upload their own footage. This ensures the player is effectively training on their own, while still allowing coaches and parents access to this component of their development.
Many soccer clubs have been reaping these rewards, including two California-based clubs: Davis Legacy SC and Placer United SC.
Davis Legacy SC has created its own public contest page and consistently updates it with new challenges. David Robertson, the club’s technical director, noted the benefits that Davis Legacy has experienced:
“The key is engagement. Anytime you can encourage the players to get more touches on the ball, it’s clearly a good thing. There’s a huge element of creativity that TopYa! allows, encouraging them to spend more time with the ball and think outside the box while bringing the ‘free play’ experience back to the sport. Everyone loves getting praise, so from a reinforcement standpoint, TopYa! is big time.”
Sarah Fawcett, the Placer United SC girls competitive technical director, shared a statement on how TopYa! skills challenges have gone beyond physical development:
“The Placer United girls program has been using the TopYa! app since March 2017. This is a fantastic homework tool, which has really helped the girls have the self-motivation to develop individually, away from the competitive team environment. Players and parents love the simplicity of using the app and love the feedback they receive from the virtual coaches. I would highly recommend it to players of all levels.”
US Club Soccer’s partnership with TopYa! provides US Club Soccer member clubs with special, discounted access to the Players First Skills Series. For a club quote, contact TopYa! here.
Players First is a branded, holistic club soccer experience for parents and players, which emphasizes the development of each individual to his or her full potential, and helps parents make better choices about where their children should play.
TopYa! is a mobile app that players, coaches and parents use to help players develop skills and passion for sports, physical activities and other skills, to express and develop their creativity in these activities, and to inspire others through sharing their skill videos and accomplishments.
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