Customer Comments and
Just a few of Customers' emails and comments for both
Blast the Ball and SoccerU
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Most recent email, VERY detailed...
Read it HERE
From April, 2011
"I will say this to anyone who is a soccer parent, or a
learning soccer coach, that didn’t 'grow up playing the
game'. You can sit down with this series and learn more in a few
weeks than you might in years about technical skills. Being
able to watch the skills being taught and seeing players at all
levels perform them is extremely valuable."
Read Michael's FULL comments
All Soccer Parents...
"I will say this with the deepest
conviction I have, if you're a soccer parent and want to help your child,
get this series. You will improve their skills more in one year working at
home than years and years of just playing the game."
Read Jay's full
have been coaching girls youth soccer for 4 years, and have
twenty other training DVD's but none compare to "Soccer U" and
"Blast the Ball". Coach V explanations are clear and right on
point, well demonstrated with good coaching techniques that
everyone can relate to. My two daughters, hated watching
training DVD's, but with "Soccer U" and "Blast the Ball" I come
home from work (their on summer vacation) to find them watching
Coach V. In just two weeks I have seen a marked improvement in
their skills, techniques and attitude. Thanks, only wish I had
these DVD's years ago.
Richard Palmer - Germantown, MD
I just thought I would let you know that I am a
parent and have been watching your SoccerU video, and I can't believe how
informative it is to all levels of play. My kids are 5,7, and 9. They have
all been able to do a good portion of your drills. As a gymnastics
instructor and knowing that each skill has to broken down into many parts, I
am impressed at the fact that you have done this with soccer and given
reason to, why you do, what you do. I can't wait to get through all of the
sections and be able to implement these to help my own kids. I will
highly recommend it to all of my children's "soccer" friends!
Are you NEW to coaching soccer?
If you are new to coaching and trying to learn how to teach
skills, read Dustin's comments. Learn why "coaching classes"
won't teach you skills.
Dustin wrote a LONG review so we put it on its own page.
Read Dustin's comments HERE
Fawley with West Vancouver Soccer Club
Hi, I have been coaching for 15 years at the
youth level and this is the first resource that I have found
that set out a complete program for kicking the soccer ball
in all situations. I have coached with a number of good
coaches but everyone seems to have their own method of
coaching the kick and it is always incomplete. With the
Blast the Ball program I can provide a complete program for
kicking the ball with confidence that we are doing it right.
Please find attached a picture of our GUI3 Impact after
their winning our North Shore Thanksgiving Tournament in
October 2008 ( Canadian Thanksgiving vs American) - the
power and accuracy of their kicks continues to improve.
We are the "95 AYSO
Thunder", and they are a terrific group of kids and parents. My
assistant coach is hard working and a tremendous asset to the
team and me. I am very fortunate to be associated with all of
We just received Blast The
Ball and have started to implement the techniques. It is
amazing how valuable the changes have proven to be! We
scrimmaged a boys team we who has beaten us every time we play
them. This last weekend we finally beat them thanks in part to
the techniques we picked up from your disk.
As far as our team, we are a girls U12 team based in Charlotte,
NC. The kids play at a recreation level during the season. In
November 2007, however, my assistant coach and I invited these
players to form a more competitive team. We started playing in
a U12 boys indoor soccer league that same month. We had to play
the boys teams because there wasn't a girls division; we also
thought it would be good competition for us. The first few
games we got clobbered, but by the end we were only getting
beaten by two goals. We continue to scrimmage one of the boys
teams once a month and they kept beating us until the match I
We compete in tournaments with club teams at the next
competitive level or higher. In North Carolina, they are called
'Challenge' and 'Classic' respectively. We have played in one
tournament so far and finished in the championship game losing
0:1 on a corner kick. We have two more tournaments this season
(NC and TN). I am sure the girls will be very successful now
that we have your video as an additional teaching tool. It
should be mandatory viewing for all coaches at the youngest
levels on. I have been coaching soccer for more than 10 years
and wish I had it when I started.
Thank you for helping me,
help the kids.
Coach Chris, NC
The Ottumwa Soccer club is a small club in a small town that is now growing
rapidly an soccer has become a varsity sport in high school as well as now
in the local community college. So much for the team picture, I want to
comment briefly on our DVD, Blast the Ball, as my son is a serious player of
the game, he already has gotten onto the straight kick an improved his V
position of the leg an improved his technique in the kicks. We were
impressed in that he can control the bending of the ball with force on goal,
which he was just not able to master before even though he has gone
to residential striker camps since he was 9. He could never understand why
his toe hit the ground when doing a straight strike, now he understands an
is continuing to get the muscle memory down pat. As he is a striker, this
is a very important extra tool in his arsenal of shooting weapons, an
finishing with a very high percentage of shots on goal. I STRONGLY suggest
that all coaches have this DVD to help them teach the V an the straight kick
with all the variations that can result, ie, the bending with velocity an a
slower bender also...dipping the ball too...amazing that all the camps my
son has gone to, this has only really been touched on, but not really
taught....thanks a lot, Gene Irelan
Coach Patrick, CA
Dear Coach V,
I have been a youth coach for over 9 years. I played soccer in high school,
but not college. I have a USSF “C” license and Regional Youth Coach
License. I consider myself an experienced coach that has had to learn on my
own. I am emailing you my thoughts and review of your videos to share.
Blast The Ball:
I believe every coach, parent and player should watch this DVD. (Regardless
of age, experience or skill level.) It was as the other reviews stated. I
learned more about kicking in 2 hours than I have in 9 years of coaching.
Without a doubt, the best training video on the market. (I own a ton of
I just finished the SoccerU series and you were right. I was like going to a
week long training camp on technical skills. I watched one disk each night
and made notes. While some of the training I already knew, there was a ton
that I “really” didn’t understand until I watched this series. Example:
Yes, I know how to run drills, yes I know how to teach heading a ball, but I
did NOT know the difference between an offensive header strike and defensive
header strike. This little piece of info is critical to teach proper
heading, yet I never knew it. That is just one thing I learned from one
chapter and there are over 40 chapters.
I think every coach and parent that did not “grow up” playing soccer should
watch this series. I think younger soccer players would not like it as much
That is only due to the fact it is a serious training series showing the
struggles of teaching and actual field work. I do believe that a “motivated”
middle school player and even high school player would greatly benefit from
watching, and working daily on the skills.
I do believe that EVERY parent that is serious about teaching there child
how to be an advanced or progressing player, must watch it. With out it you
will simply spend years "trying to figure it out".
Congratulations on a great series.
I'm a soccer coach in a small town in Germany/ Bavaria...
I'm coaching a girls team and they are really good. I have chosen the Video
"Blast The Ball" cause I have seen some videos on you YouTube and they were
great. Now my team and I are training with your video and also the girls
see, how easy it is to learn, with this video.
Thx for that
I have 2 soccer playing children. Mark is a freshman in high
school. He just completed a year of playing for the high school
JV team and he will be playing on his first premier team later
this fall. Jill is in 7th grade and she also just joined a
premier U13 team plus she will be going out for the junior high
team for the first time in the spring. I felt that both of them
needed better technical shooting skills but I didn't have the
expertise to help them out. When I saw an ad for the "Blast the
Ball" DVD, it sounded like it was exactly what they needed to
take them to the next level. Also, now that they are older,
kicking the ball against the garage door was not something we
wanted them to do, so building the soccer hop rebounder (plans
included with the DVD) is working perfectly. They have just
begun working on the different techniques that the DVD covers
because I didn't want them to get too involved with any new
ideas in the middle of their playing season. In the short time
that they have been working on the kicking basics, I have seen a
big increase in the quality of ball striking. The DVD is so full
of information that I'm sure we'll be referring back to it for
years to come.
Fall 2007, our boys played in the Northern California Youth Soccer
Association Boys Under 9 Competitive Level 3 division. We had high hopes for
the team because our boys are good athletes with solid soccer skills. The
boys were hand picked from the previous year’s recreational league and were
the standouts in the league. In addition, we hired a coach that is a former
professional player and a recently retired head coach of the San Jose Frogs
of the National Premier Soccer League.
severe beatings in our first games, we believed our main problem
was defense. We gave our opponents too many break away
opportunities, which put a huge burden on our under-sized
Keeper. Moving one of our strongest players to Sweeper helped
reduce our opponents scoring chances somewhat, but we still were
not clearing the ball and most of the game was spent in our half
of the field.
On Offense, when we were able
to advance the ball, the boys were getting chances by either
dribbling around our opponents or centering the ball to an open
player. Unfortunately, we rarely put the ball into the back of
the net. Most scoring opportunities were concluded with
inaccurate and weak kicks that went wide or were easy to block.
Many times, their Keeper would block or deflect the ball without
securing it, giving us an opportunity for a follow up attempt at
goal, but our Strikers had either fallen down or stopped after
the initial kick.
We finished the season with a
record of 0 Wins, 9 Losses, and 1 Tie. (GF-8 GA-38)
Later in the season we
finally realized that we had an underlying problem that our boys
were just not kicking the ball with any power. That’s why they
had trouble clearing the ball out of their end or scoring when
they had good opportunities.
We started doing some extra
drills at practice that we thought would increase the power of
their kicks, such as repetitively kicking the ball as hard as
they could or doing exercises such as hopping on one foot to
build up leg strength. But that didn’t help. We later learned
that it was only reinforcing bad habits.
It wasn’t until late in the
season that we realized that most of our boys had various
problems with their basic kicking techniques. Several boys were
putting their plant foot well behind the ball causing them to
over extend and fall after the kick. Others had their plant foot
too close or too far away (not hip width distance) or they were
toe kicking the ball. And, almost all the boys were just pushing
through the ball, not winding up, and therefore, not kicking
We didn’t really know the
best way to solve all of these problems and so I started doing
Internet searches for any tips, tricks, or techniques that might
help us. I soon discovered the Blast the Ball web site and after
reading some of the success stories and watching the preview I
thought it was exactly what we needed.
The coaches and I watched the
video and decided to incorporate one or two of Coach V’s Blast
the Ball lessons or drills into every one of our practices. We
started at the very beginning and worked our way through most of
the video. For example, for each boy we measured the distance
between their hip bones and explained the theory behind using
the natural swing path to get maximum power. We worked a lot on
plant foot positioning and used a round ring to force the boys
to step closer to the ball. And, of course, we practiced the
soccer hop at the beginning of every practice.
Although parents and coaches
of young boys will publicly state that the most important goal
is for the kids to have fun and develop their skills, I strongly
believe most parents (and kids) join a competitive soccer team
to compete and win and failing to do so can cause low morale and
anger in both the parents and kids.
After suffering through a
season with no wins and several humiliating losses, we had about
half of the parents bitterly complain about the coaching, the
refereeing, and eventually pull their kids from the team. Even
though the kids had developed quite a bit and had lots of fun at
practices and most games.
On the other hand, in this
recent spring season, I witnessed both parents and kids get
energized and excited after winning their first few games.
Parents were friendlier to each other, volunteered to help more,
and wanted the get the team together outside of soccer. The boys
were also nicer to each other and more forgiving of each others
I am proud to say the Pacific
Soccer Academy Boys U9 team took first place in the recent
spring league scoring on average over 4 goals per game.
So winning may not be the
only thing, but despite what many will say, winning is
I think the Blast the Ball
video is a must-have tool for all coaches and parents interested
in developing their kid’s soccer skills.
Even coaches with many years
experience, like our own, may not realize that their players are
not kicking with maximum efficiency or even if they do, they
probably don’t know the right way to teach it. Most coaches
would be wise to take advantage of the expertise and knowledge
contained within the Blast the Ball video and use that
information to improve the capabilities of their players.
And parents should not wait
for coaches to teach proper kicking techniques to their children
because it may or may not happen. I recently purchased my own
copy of the video to have at home. I’m going to use it with my
youngest son, who just turned 4 years old, to make sure he
starts off kicking the ball properly.
I can’t give “Blast the Ball”
100% credit for our dramatic turn around because the boys worked
really hard and received excellent coaching, but “Blast the
Ball” certainly was a major factoring in helping the boys put
the ball into the back of the net with greater accuracy and
Thank you very much Coach V
for developing the “Blast the Ball” system!
PSA Boys U10
This is a picture of my Muskegon Lakers U9 travel team. A friend of mine let
me watch your DVD Blast the Ball. We used the techniques during practice. We
made it out of the semifinals by winning in the second round of PK's. We won
in the finals out shooting the other team 20 to 7 giving us a 3 to 1 win.
With out your techniques we would have never made it past the semi final PK
round. I have purchased my own copy to use for my sons U10 team and now my
daughters U8 team.. Thanks Coach Jim
Reviews From the
Meet Saskia Webber
Born and raised in Princeton New Jersey, Saskia
Webber showed early interest in the game of soccer,
which she would eventually dominate through the
1990’s as one of the top goalkeepers of the decade.
A four-year starter for Rutgers University, Saskia
made First Team All American and Adidas
Goalkeeper of the Year. She continues to hold
two school records: most shut-outs (32) and most
saves (413). Saskia’s stellar achievements on the
soccer field later earned her an induction into the
Rutgers Olympic Hall of Fame.
Saskia became a member of the United States
National Team at the age of 18. After a stint
playing soccer professionally in Japan for Oki from
1996-1998, Saskia then went on to play for the New
York Power for three years. Her nine year run on
the U.S. National Team was punctuated by a first
place finish in the 1999 World Cup, a gold
medal in the 1996 Olympics, and a third place
finish in the 1995 World Cup.
In addition to her years as a player, Saskia has
been an assistant coach at the University of North
Carolina and Rutgers University. In the 1990’s
Saskia worked as an Assistant Director of Soccer
Plus camps and ran goalkeeper training at the
University of North Carolina summer camps.
Soccer America named Saskia “Goalkeeper of the
Decade” for the 1990’s.
Saskia to watch Blast The Ball and give
us her open and honest impressions of the video.
Dear Coach V,
I just finished reviewing
Blast The Ball and thought I would jot down some of my opinions
Blast The Ball
doesn't miss a beat. Every way of
striking the ball is covered and explained in a way that a
beginner, intermediate or professional player can learn from.
You don’t just deconstruct striking the ball, you break down
everything from the parts of the ball, foot and swing to where
your eyes, body position and follow through should be.
I love the way you break down the swing path and striking point
with the rope and marker....I have never seen anything so simple
but so effective.
There are so many “myths” out there and improper techniques.
Blast The Ball is the truth and the right teaching tool.
Having Blast the ball in your bag is like training every day
with the best strikers in the world. It is the best training
tool you can have. From the fundamentals of striking the ball
to drills to help you refine it, Blast the Ball is something no
footballer should be without.
Goalkeepers beware, when the world starts to use the Blast the
Ball system, our job is going to get much, much harder.
Meet Dario Zuviria
Newell's Old Boys (Argentina)
1997-1999 Club Atletico Tigre (Argentina)
1999-2001 Gimnasia y Esgrima de la Plata (Argentina)
2001-2002 Club Atletico Tecos (Mexico)
2002-2003 Petroleros de Salamanca (Mexican 2nd
2003-2004 NY Metrostars (MLS)
what Dario had to say about Blast The Ball.
I watched your video Blast
The Ball and decided to breakdown my review and thoughts into
As a player : If this video
would have been around ten years before I would of had an
advantage over the other players, It teaches exactly what it
takes to be a better kicker and the fundamentals displayed are
a necessity to learn in order to be able to play the game of
As a parent: Being a parent to a five year old, who just started
playing soccer, I can say this video was very easy to understand
and fun to watch. My five year old was very hooked on the drills
and couldn't wait to get out on the yard and practice what she
had learned. I can truly recommend this video to parents who
want their children to have fun and learn while practicing the
game of the soccer.
As a coach: Watching this video will definitely make my coaching
and teaching a lot easier. I would sometime struggle to explain
the basics of kicking, your video has easy to follow
instructions, great drills, and its is easy to teach. I will be
watching the video with my kids at soccer camp and I know we
will all benefit from viewing Blast The Ball over and over
All the best...
Colorado Rapids and Chivas USA
Hapoel Ashkelon F.C. and Lombard Papa First Div.
US National Team
U-16 and U-18
LMU Team Captain Jr. and Sr. year.
Michael currently serves as the Assistant Men's
Soccer Coach at LMU.
Michael to watch Blast The Ball and give us his
open and honest impressions of the video. Here is what he had to say.
Thank you for taking your
time and sending me a copy of this exceptional video. It is my
pleasure to write about this informational and beneficial video.
I have been around the game of soccer for over 20 years from
playing to coaching in many different levels. This video breaks
down every technique and process in teaching the proper kicking
form. Not only youth players can take advantage of important
information but players at higher levels of the game can use
proper technique. For example, many soccer players are athletic
and skillful but it doesn’t mean necessarily they have the
science of the soccer kick or pass.
“Blast the ball”, brings the
knowledge and breakdown for every kick or pass. I have seen many
videos that try to explain many different techniques, but “Blast
the Ball”, will change and teach thousands of kids, players and
coaches the proper form. Another important aspect of this video
it can be taught in many different levels. I can honestly say by
being a Div. One coach I can use some of the excellent
information in coaching the proper technique to all my players,
especially to all my club teams.
“Blast the Ball” is without a doubt the one and
only video that I would call a must own. I have played for the
national team, played years of professional soccer, am currently
coaching Division I college soccer and I can confidently say
that I am better for having watched “Blast the Ball.” If the
only way to own this video was to trade in every other
instructional tape you own, I would honestly recommend it. No
other video covers soccer with the clarity, knowledge and
effectiveness of “Blast the Ball.” Making my living serving
long balls out of the wide position, I wish I would have had the
information contained in this video when I was growing up. If I
watched Blast the Ball as a youth or in college, I am certain I
would have had a more successful professional career. There is
no better feeling than finding yourself in space and crushing
the ball into that back of the net, and that euphoric feeling is
the gift that this video is able to provide to players.
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