The Turbo Training Program from Holden Youth Soccer (HYS) gives players a chance to get additional training (on top of their HYS team practices and games) with licensed, paid coaches right in Holden…at an extremely low cost compared to other alternatives. While it is open to all players registered with HYS in the qualifying age groups, the program is intended for those who genuinely want to practice more. All players receive a training shirt.
About Turbo Training
Turbo training provides additional 45-minute training sessions on weeknights. Sessions are offered on two nights, and players can sign up for one or two. Players can choose which night(s) to attend. The program spans six weeks. Sessions focus on dribbling/footwork, juggling, passing/receiving, and shooting/finishing. The activities are very high touch, because repetition is the main key to development. The program is run by HYS Director of Soccer Development Jon Gangi, with help from other licensed coaches. Coach Gangi has a D license through Mass Youth Soccer, a Director of Coaching Diploma from NSCAA, and a high school soccer coaching certification through NFHS. Other coaches include Assumption College Captain Emma Mailman and former Assumption College standout Ryan Murphy. This program is open to players in Grades 1-12. We separate the players by age.
How It Works
The key to soccer development is touches. The more a player touches the ball, the better he/she gets. As with playing a musical instrument or reading, there is no substitute for repetition. Frequency of practice is also a factor. The more often someone practices, the better their muscle memory gets. Turbo Training allows players to dramatically increase number of repetitions AND frequency of repetitions. In fact, they can get up to 12,000 additional touches a season. Being that a player gets roughly 60 touches in a match, this provides about 200 matches worth of touches in just six weeks!
We use fun activities, and we keep sessions short, light, and low-pressure. This is especially imperative for kids who are doing extra practice. The most important thing is that kids enjoy soccer and continue to play. We do not want to make soccer feel like a chore or a source of pressure. This will lead to less enjoyment and less interest. If they are out there playing, they will improve. They don’t need pressure.
Who it’s for
Any player in Grade 1 and up can join Turbo Training. There are no cuts. Keep in mind, however, that it is specifically designed for committed, self-motivated, focused players who want to do more than their HYS team. We don’t want to push players who aren’t ready for more soccer. If they stick with it at their own pace, their enjoyment may grow organically to where they want additional training in the future. Or they may just continue to enjoy soccer as a leisure activity, which is fine as well!
What Players Get
With Turbo Training, players get the following:
- Up to two sessions a week for six weeks (and up to 12000 touches)
- A training shirt
The benefits of the Advanced Training Program are as follows:
- Maximum skill development
- Low cost
- No travel (all sessions are in Holden)
- No cuts
Costs are as follows:
- One night (Turbo Training 1): $60
- Two nights (Turbo Training 2): $90
You can register for Turbo Training on SportsPilot.
If you have any questions on the Turbo Training, contact Jon Gangi.