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Soccer Club of New Milford

Soccer Skills Development

Spring/Summer 2014




Hope you are all looking forward to the world cup!!  First game kicks off Thursday June 12, Brazil v Croatia.  Good luck to the US team, in a tough group with Germany, Portugal, and Ghana.  Remember you have to beat the best to win the tournament!! 




SSD and CSA will combine to host a PARENT/VOLUNTEER Coaches and Youth Player Clinic.  An instructional clinic for volunteer/parent coaches as well as youth players...........same time,same place; June 27th 6:00-8:30pm at Ct Sports Arena.

For more details



Area Summer Camps 

There are many soccer camps in the area this summer.  Here are links more information:

Soccer Skills Development


Anthony Howard Apex Soccer 

Connecticut Soccer School 

AC Milan Junior Camp 


Mickey Kydes Pro Soccer Camp

Soccer Extreme 




New Milford High School Fall Soccer Info

For those interested in High School soccer there will be a 4 day Pre Season program for incoming Freshman to Seniors to prepare for the NMHS try outs.  The program will run August 18th-21st from 5:00-7:30 at New Milford High School.  Click Here for information and registration.





SCNM/SSD Profile


Danny Simpson 

Danny is the Greenwich High School girls varsity coach, owner of Shoreline FC, and USSF A license coach.  He is also a CT coaching staff educator. 




SSD:  In your opinion the best player in the world?
DS:  Christiano Ronaldo (NOW), Diego Maradonna (EVER)

SSD:  Biggest influence in your soccer career?
DS:  (COACHING) Sir Alex Ferguson

SSD:  The best team you have ever seen play?
DS:  Liverpool of the late 80's, AC Milan of the late 80's OR Barcelona of the late 00's.
SSD: When you are out for dinner, you have vanilla ice cream for dessert. Do you have rainbow sprinkles or chocolate?
DS:  Neither.  Straight up vanilla.

SSD: If you could meet any soccer player, who would it be?
DS:   Sir Bobby Charlton                                                                      



All Aboard Pizza in New Milford is offering an exclusive SCNM discount for

any end of season team parties.  Call Jim at (860)354-9552 and he will extend a 10% discount to your SCNM team.


14 Railroad Street

New Milford CT  06776
(860) 354-9552


Real Madrid - Top 10 Goals 2013-2014 HD

Congratulations Real Madrid


 Winning their ninth Champions League title.  Beating Athletico Madrid 4-1 in the 2014 final.  In celebration here is the best of Real Madrid in the 2013-14 season.



Ten Qualities of a Good Youth Soccer Coach

By Edwin Torres April 10, 2012 9:51



A good youth soccer coach must be patient with players.


Anyone can coach youth soccer. But to be a good coach, you must have certain qualities. Here are ten qualities of a good youth soccer coach.

10. Patient

Coaching youth soccer requires patience. Even though any child can start playing soccer right away, it takes time to learn how to play it well. Your players will not become superstars overnight. Also remember that you are dealing with children. This is why patience is so important.

9. Trained

A good soccer coach is trained and knowledgeable in the sport. They understand the game and know how to teach it. Most states offer courses to earn coaching licenses. The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) is an organization that offers training for youth soccer coaches.

8. Organized

It is important to be an organized coach. For example, a clear agenda will help you run an effective practice. Otherwise, your practices could be more like a free-for-all. That would be a lot of wasted time.

7. Calm, Cool and Collected

As the coach, you are the head of the team. Your players and parents will follow your lead. This is why you must always stay calm. Yelling at referees, players or parents will only show that you approve of such behavior. Be an example for your team and stay calm.

6. Unselfish

Remember that you are coaching for the children. They are the reason why you coach. Put aside your own goals and agendas. You are here for them.

5. Consistent

Build a routine and be consistent. This is how you can convey your expectations to the team. If you expect all players to be at games 30 minutes prior to start, hold them to it. If you forbid parents from yelling at referees during games, address them when they get out of line. Stay consistent and your team will run smoothly.

4. Fair

Be as fair as possible in everything you do. For example, let players know that you believe in fair competition for playing time. That will make them work harder in practices and games. If you are not fair, then players will stop trying or even quit.

3. Strong

As a youth soccer coach, you must be a strong leader. Do not let any player or parent put themselves above the team. Make your expectations clear from the beginning. Let your team know what you will and will not tolerate. If someone acts against your rules, deal with them appropriately.

2. Supportive

Be supportive to your players. If players know that you support them, they will support you with strong effort on the field.

1. Fun

Always remember to keep things fun. Children want to have fun. Do not ruin the game for them. Let them enjoy soccer while they are learning it. After all, the ones that enjoy soccer end up going far in the sport.







Soccer Club of New Milford
Soccer Skills Development
May 2013
SCNM/SSD wouild like to welcome Carlos Almeida to the New Milford Soccer program, as the new Director of Coaching.  Working with Carlos at the In-House program has shown everyone at SSD that he is a positive addition to the club.  We are looking forward to working closely with him in the future.  A few words from our new DOC......
Soccer Club of New Milford members,

I am excited to be part of the continuing development of the Soccer Club of New Milford.  SCNM has been growing for many years and I intend to embrace the culture of the club and its traditions while bringing more focus towards coaching development.  It is through coaching development that we will continue to grow as a club and increase player development and overall enjoyment of the game for all players at all levels of play.

Kicking off our development theme we had our first Coach the Coach clinic on April 29th, at Sarah Noble School.   We were pleased to have had Shaun Bailey and Chris Bart-Williams as our first guest coaches, educating over 30 SCNM parent coaches.  Shaun Bailey is the current Director of Coaching for CJSA.  Chris Bart-Williams has an extensive playing career in the English Premier League (EPL) and currently coaches here in CT at the youth Academy Level, and at Quinnipiac University.  Upcoming Coach the coach clinics are open to all SCNM members interested in coaching.  Even if you are not an official coach with the club please come check them out.

Lastly, I want to encourage parents to simply get involved.  This can be for people new to the game or not.  This applies to people new to the club or not.  The experience can truly be rewarding.  Even if you know nothing about the game of soccer, you can help and it does not have to be in a coaching capacity.

If coaching is something that interests you, whether you have prior experience or none, we will be there to provide a road map for you from ages 4 through High School.  If you only want to help out as an assistant, or just want to learn more about the game, we want to be able to provide you with the help and resources to do so.

I have met many of you already at our in-House training, weekly training sessions, or league games.  If you see me on the fields, please do not hesitate to say hello.  Please also feel free to contact me at any time whether in person, via email, or by phone.
Coaching Philosophy
"It is my intent to build the players self esteem, build their character, develop good values and team camaraderie....at the same time work on developing their technical ability to play the game, as well as, developing a better tactical understanding of the game"
Thank you,
Carlos Almeida
SCNM Director of Coaching
 At SSD we believe Goalkeepers are an essential part of the team.  Check these keepers out!!  
                                                    Best Goalkeeper Saves
SCNM/SSD May Profile
 Carlos Almeida    
SSD:  In your opinion the best player in the world?
CA:  Tough one...I will give you my top 3.  Messi / Pele / Cruyff.

SSD:  Biggest influence in your soccer career?
CA:  College Coach, University of Connecticut - Joe Morrone

SSD:  The best team you have ever seen play?
CA:  Barcelona
SSD: When you are out for dinner, you have vanilla ice cream for dessert. Do you have rainbow sprinkles or chocolate?
CA:  Rainbow

SSD: If you could meet any soccer player, who would it be?
CA:  Beckham 

Soccer Skills Development would like to announce that all SCNM board members and SCNM parent coaches will receive a 20% for our 2013 Summer Soccer Camp at Canterbury School August 4th - 8th.  For more information please contact Darren Trim at soccerskillsdevelopment@gmail.com.
                                      PLAY THE BEAUTIFUL GAME
The Role of the Athletic Trainer in Youth Sports

 My name is Tim Lampron and I am a Certified Athletic Trainer.  I am employed by Select Physical Therapy and provide athletic training services to New Milford High School athletes.  I would like to introduce you to who an athletic trainer is, where you will find them, and what they do.

Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis and intervention of emergency, acute and chronic medical conditions involving functional impairment, functional limitations and disabilities.  Athletic trainers are recognized by the American Medical Association as "healthcare professionals".  Athletic Trainers collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of athletes.  Athletic trainers also determine safe levels of participation and appropriate return to play guidelines for athletes. 

There are a few main settings that athletic trainers work in.  They can be employed by a professional athletic team, a college or university athletic department, a secondary school, a physical therapy clinic or an out-reach program.  An out-reach program takes place when a healthcare facility employs an athletic trainer and then contracts them out to one of the above-mentioned settings.  It is also becoming very common for athletic trainers to be seen covering many weekend sporting events such as club soccer tournaments, AAU basketball tournaments and summer sports camps. 

In all of these settings, an athletic trainer serves the purpose of providing injury prevention and injury evaluation.  In the realm of injury prevention, athletic trainers are educated in identifying unsafe playing conditions.  They are trained in monitoring severe weather threats such as incoming thunder storms or extreme heat.  They can provide safe training in in extreme heat conditions by altering work to rest ratios, monitoring hydration and altering practice times to avoid the hottest parts of the day. Athletic trainers are also trained in preventative taping and wrapping techniques.   Athletic trainers use these techniques to facilitate safe play with minor injuries.  For instance, athletic trainers can tape a mild ankle sprain or put a compression wrap on a mild muscle strain that allows the athlete to be able to continue to compete.

Athletic trainers are visible on the sidelines of athletic events.  If you have ever seen an NFL football game or an MLB baseball game, the athletic trainer is the individual that enters the field of play when an injury occurs.  These situations occur on any level, whether a high school, college or professional athletic event.  During this type of situation, an athletic trainer is the individual that performs the on field assessment/evaluation and determines if it is safe for the athlete to remain in the game and continue to compete.  This is what athletic trainers refer to as "game coverage".

In the event that an injury occurs and the athletic trainer decides that it is not safe for the athlete to return to play, they withhold the athlete from competition until further evaluation is received.  This is where athletic trainers become a great resource for their athletes.  Athletic trainers specialize in dealing with athletic related injuries.  Athletic trainers are equipped to evaluate orthopedic injuries and setup a treatment plan.  Athletic trainers are aware of healthcare providers in your community and with the health care field being so specialized, an athletic trainer can help guide you to the appropriate healthcare professional for proper evaluation.

If an injury occurs to an athlete, an athletic trainer has the ability to facilitate a safe return to play for that particular athlete.  With musculoskeletal injuries, the sooner you receive treatment and control the inflammation process the sooner the body can begin the healing process.  The human body is an amazing machine.  It has the ability to adapt to demands placed upon it.  Without going into too much detail, by participating in a proper rehabilitation program the soft tissue in the human body will adapt and become stronger, therefore reducing the risk of reinjury and a safe return to sport.  An athletic trainer has the ability to design and implement a rehabilitation program or has the resources to direct an athlete to receive the proper rehabilitation for a safe return to play, if necessary.  This could save an athlete days, if not weeks of athletic participation.   

In a nut shell, an athletic trainer is a healthcare professional that is there to help facilitate an athlete's participation in sport.  Should an injury occur they are a great resource .  So, the next time you are at or participating in an athletic event, try to pick out who the athletic trainer is and if you have something bothering you, please feel free to ask us for help.

Thank you,

Tim Lampron  ATC, CSCS, CKTP
Head Athletic Trainer New Milford High School
Select Physical Therapy






World's Greatest Player Competiton
Congratulations to everyone who participated in the voting of the Worlds Greatest Player.  We had a fantastic response!!  The winning order judged by SCNM President Greg LaCava, and SCNM VP Joe Wunderlich are:

5) Ryan Giggs
4) Johan Cryuff
3) Diego Maradonna
2) Pele

Congratulations to Charlie Osbourne who picked the winning order.  He will be receiving a SSD ball and T shirt.

To view the World's Greatest Player's again go to the
Soccer Skills Development


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Soccer Club of New Milford
Soccer Skills Development
March 2013

How to Juggle a Soccer Ball

Learning to juggle a soccer ball is not so much a matter of skill as it is a matter of practice. Good old repetition is key. You'll be rewarded with better balance and better touch on the ball when you play, along with people being impressed when you juggle more than 100 times with each body part without ever dropping the ball! It may seem hard at first, but soon it will be easy if you practice. Another key to juggling is keep your feet flat and never give up!




  1. Drop the soccer ball, let it bounce, and kick it back up with your dominant foot. Try to kick up your foot a little as the ball lands on it, not too much so that the ball goes flying up into the air but just enough so that it comes back up to your hands. Repeat. Practice until you get to the point where you can easily and consistently catch the ball in front of your stomach without having to lean or reach. Then do the same with your other foot, which will be harder. Next try to hit the ball off your thigh after you hit it with your foot, Don't move on to the next steps until you've mastered this.
    • Let the ball bounce off your laces. Make sure your laces aren't double knotted.
    • Keep your knees slightly bent (not locked).
    • Keep your toes pointed slightly upward.
  2. Increase the number of times you let the ball bounce off your feet. Try to keep the ball under control and from hitting the ground. Focus on juggling with one foot until you feel confident before switching to the other. Only use your thighs if the ball goes up to your chin.
  3. Alternate feet
    . Now that you can steadily juggle the ball with one foot, try juggling between your feet. Kick it up once with your right foot, then left, then right, and so on. You might find yourself moving around a lot. You'll have mastered this step when you can stand in one place and keep juggling the ball between your feet indefinitely.
  4. Learn to start with the ball at your feet.
    • Place the ball at your feet. Take your predominant kicking foot, and place it on top of the ball.
    • Roll your foot down the ball just strong enough to create a backspin on the ball.
    • Place your toe underneath the ball, and allow the ball to roll up your foot. Then immediately kick the ball straight up, as if you were going to catch it with your hands.
    • As the ball comes down, position yourself so you can hit it again with your foot.
  5. There is one tip, that will help you juggle a soccer ball if you are a beginner. Timing, control, and things like that will all come naturally with practice. But knowing this one little thing will help you progress a lot quicker. Keep your foot near the ground. Too many people that automatically kick their leg up high end up losing control. It comes from your foot, not your legs.
    • Remember that you are a beginner, so don't kick the ball too high. Also try to use your knees.
  6. If you don't get it at first, don't give up. Practice like the pros and you'll be a good juggler. Don't give up! It takes a long time to master!
Check out this Youtube clip of the Amazing Mr. Woo for some of the best juggling in the world!!!

SCNM/SSD March Profile
 Shaun Bailey
Director of Coaching,
Connecticut Junior Soccer Association 
SSD:  In your opinion the best player in the world?
SB:  That is a HUGE question to answer as the game has, and will still evolve in many aspects from generation to generation.  From a personal point of view, I am going to say George Best,  just because he was my idol..........as like other players, I believe he was way ahead of his generation in many ways.

SSD:  Biggest influence in your soccer career?
SB:  I have been blessed to have had many good coaches and people influence me in many different ways on my soccer journey.  I have made so many good friends through the game of soccer, and all of them have influenced me in some way on, or off, the field!!
1) My first soccer coach was my teacher as a nine year old, Mr. Durham........He gave me a passion and love for the game and he didn't even know it.  It's amazing how a coach can impact your life with out them knowing how much they did.  I would love to be able to thank him for that.
2)  Ian Philips, one of my coaches as a semi-pro that showed belief in me and "took me under his wing".  A great coach who became a great friend!!
3)  As a coaching mentor Dave Clarke, Head coach of Quinnipiac Women's Soccer and one of my first National Instructors at a USSF course, has had a tremendous influence on me as a coach.
4)  And of course George Best.  It's amazing how someone can influence your life without ever meeting them......I would be in awe at his skill as I watched him on the television.

SSD:  The best team you have ever seen play?
SB:  The Triple winning Man United team of '99.  To be able to go one season, competing at the highest level, and win three major trophies is a remarkable achievement.

SSD: When you are out for dinner, you have vanilla ice cream for dessert. Do you have rainbow sprinkles or chocolate sprinkles on your ice cream?
SB:  Can I have both?!?!  If not then I will have to go with chocolate!!

SSD: If you could meet any soccer player, who would it be?
SB:  Eric Cantona

Thank you to Shaun for taking time out of his BUSY schedule to speak with us.  As well as holding the DOC title for CJSA Shaun is also  Women's Head Assistant Coach at Western CT State University.  Past credits include:  Men's Assistant Coach Western CT State University, Former Head Coach Boys U13 and U14 ODP.  Shaun was also DOC of Danbury Youth Soccer Club  from 2008-2010. 
The Role of the Athletic Trainer in Youth Sports

Athletic Trainers are an invaluable resource for the young athlete, and parents, of today.  In the coming months we are pleased to be collaborating with Tim Lampron of Select Physical Therapy and Head Athletic Trainer at New Milford High School.  He will explain the role an Athletic Trainer plays in the world of youth sports and cover a variety of sport related topics.  We look forward to working with him.


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