we are kickoff gta, we build mental & emotional growth, with the beautiful game

mission

KickOff GTA is a year round training program, with the primary mission to foster the physical, mental and emotional growth and development of youth, through the beautiful game of soccer.

With the aid of a ball, players will spend the season being challenged with developmentally appropriate games and excercises. These activities are designed to build their individual ability, while emphasizing the importance of teamwork.

Approach to Training

Our approach to training is heavily influenced by "Guided Discovery," a coaching model where players learn through exploration, with direction from coaches. Enhancing the players ability to make decisions is one of the central goals of empowerment.

Each age group has its different challenges and successes. The only constant between age groups is the skill building, that is derived from our creative and energetic, developmentally appropriate activities.

What does developmentally appropriate mean?

How do we know what is developmentally appropriate?

Piaget's Stages of Cognitive Development

Stage Age Markers Soccer Implications
Sensorimotor 0 - 2 years

- Extreme Egotism

- Reflex Learning

- Motor Learning

- Sensual Learning

- Motor Skills

- Curiosity

Pre-Operational 2 - 7 years

- Symbolic Representation
- Highly Egotistical
- Parallel Play

- Boundaries
- Sharing the Ball
- Learning to Play 
- Basic Rules

Concrete Operational 7 - 11 years

- Develop Friendships
- Highly Egotistical 
- Parallel Play

- Boundaries
- Sharing the Ball
- Learning to Play 
- Basic Rules

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