personal and open letter from Coach V
Coach V below with Mac after a day of training and
Mac now plays in the MLS. Congrats Mac.
A warm welcome to you and TRUST ME, I know….
There’s nothing worse than having to read tons of blathering
nonsense when you’re trying to make an informed decision. You
want the facts, details and information you need. So hold on,
here it comes. If there was EVER something you should read, this
If you’re SERIOUS about soccer training, then PLEASE…. Take the
time to read this.
I have put this together as a mixture of
thoughts, comments, and question / answer summary. Hopefully, if
you have questions they are answered here. Also, it should give
you a better feel if the series is right for you.
The next steps you should take…
(In my opinion.)
1) Read this letter.
2) Watch both previews. SoccerU
and Blast The Ball.
3) Watch the Coaches’ Comments
and see customer comments HERE.
(One of the most in-depth reviews is
from a coach / parent)
4) FYI, JUST RELEASED...
Soccer Book, by Coach V
Please note: We NEVER, and I repeat
NEVER, hire people to endorse our series or pay them to make
positive comments about it. What you see and read are REAL life
customers that have sent us comments or reviews. The college
coaches, in the video interviews, were asked to watch the Blast
The Ball and offer their thoughts.
In a “nutshell” what does the
SoccerU series teach?
Wow, I don’t have enough paper to answer that. Let me just say
EVERY great coach knows that there are many aspects that a
soccer player must develop; technical skills, speed, endurance,
creativity, tactics, vision, athleticism and more. However,
they all agree on the most important one of these for developing
players, technical skills. (A core principle of Ajax and other
top academies around the world.) Everything else can be learned
/ developed rather quickly. Technical skills and touch however,
take years and years to develop and refine.
The SoccerU series breaks down almost every technical skill in
the game of soccer. We not only show the skill, but make sure
we break it down to its individual pieces in an almost
“scientific” manner. Having this knowledge lets the teacher
(coach or parent) to visually demonstrate and explain these to
Why did it take so long to make? …..
I refused to make something “fair”…
In my office I have a wall full of soccer videos and books.
People are amazed when they see my library. When asked why, I
respond the same way. The SoccerU project was on my mind for
several years. In order to produce the very best, I wanted to
see everything else. I wanted to see the good and the bad, and
trust me; there are many disappointments out there. SoccerU is
not one. I wouldn’t stop until I felt it was the best product
on the market.
3 years in development? ….The SoccerU
The first thing I hope you’ll notice and understand is that many
“soccer videos” are shot in as little as one or two days, and
then finished in the editing room. SoccerU / Blast The Ball are
the result of 3 years of shooting, working, editing and
re-editing. I still get a “kick” out of watching some of the
players actually grow and mature through the series. (One of
the players was in high school during the training and is now
playing professional soccer.)
Does the series just show drills or
does it break down skills?
Great question from a customer. This was the entire premise of
the series. We don’t just show drills. We break down each skill
to its “rawest form” and step by step. Most are shown in slow
motion and then performed and learned in different settings with
different levels of players. This allows the “trainer” to
understand the exact skill and individual movements of it.
Does it just have “kids” in it?
No. One thing I wanted to do was show the skills performed by
all levels of players. I was thrilled that so many were willing
to help. You will see skills being taught and performed by all
ages and skill levels. From 7 year olds, to middle school
players, to high school players, Division 1 college players, and
professional players. (Currently playing in USL and MLS)
Does it just show players doing
skills the right way?
No. The series really wouldn’t be effective if we just showed
players doing the skills perfectly. Nothing would be learned.
It shows players doing skills both the right and wrong way. Then
we show how to identify those mistakes / bad habits and how to
fix them. It is critical that the trainer know how to go from
bad to good.
Is it just for beginners, advanced
players, and what age is it designed for?
Understand that the EYE of the soccer coach / parent / trainer,
must be trained as to what to look for. If you can’t see what is
wrong or know HOW to fix it / teach it, you never will. Most of
the skills, drills and training can be used and exposed to
players as young as 6. However, this training MUST continue
throughout their player career and GREATLY intensify as they get
older. Probably the most effective / critical age is 11 – 15.
The SoccerU series is used by trainers of all ages including
high school and college. I have learned that younger players
often get “down” when they are corrected. (So take it slow and
stay positive.) However, older players I work with up through
the professional level, start to be EYES WIDE OPEN. They WANT to
get better, fix problems, and learn more. So the answer is
simple. YES, it is proper for your age group and the older they
get, the MORE CRITICAL this series becomes.
Is the price worth it?
Let me try and explain this without going into a “rant”.
Soccer, in the US, is very expensive. The better your player is,
the more it will cost to play. If they simply play rec soccer,
the cost is very minimal. If they play travel / club soccer,
the costs can easily exceed $2000 a year. Throw in soccer
camps, $100 - $800 each and special programs like ODP, $800+ per
year, and you’ll quickly start to understand what I mean. The
gas and travel alone to practices, games, and tournaments can
easily exceed $800 a year.
I made the commitment when we launched this product to make 100%
SURE that once someone received it and watched, they would agree
it was a great value. (This is one of the most common feedbacks
we get from our customers.)
Over the past 2 years we have updated the
series 3 times, adding a disk 5, without increasing the price.
We include Blast the Ball and offer free shipping and handling
(up to a $20 cost) to most customers.
There are approximately 11 hours of dedicated learning and
training in this series.
So yes, it is worth it, a GREAT value and I feel the best
investment you can make in your education and the training of
I’m worried about ordering on line /
Do you allow mail orders?
This question confuses me, but I guess my web / internet
background helps me understand this better than most.
Paying someone via check, through the mail, has now become the
most dangerous practice in payment / banking history. Checks
can be lost / stolen and severe actions can follow. (Including
scams that can end you up in jail or the courts.)
When paying online you have SEVERAL security / safety measures
that protect you. This not only includes Secure Encryption, but
often protection from your credit / bank card. On top of this,
PayPal offers dispute services if anything ever goes wrong. We
have processed orders for years and years online, and get
NEVER, have we had an issue. We use to take checks / mail
orders, tons of issues.
Hence, we no longer take mail in orders.
A warning from me, but a good
One reaction I often get from the series is that once people
watch it, they feel overwhelmed.
They never realized that there were so many aspects to skills
and small details to watch for.
This is absolutely normal.
You should quickly understand that the process of this training
will take years, not weeks or months. It will be applied
throughout the player’s soccer development and must revisited
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