This past spring he got a program in place and it was a hit — The Advantage Program, hosted by the Spanish Springs Soccer Club. The 10-week program came to a conclusion last week and Moreland was ecstatic with his personal evaluations and the feedback he got from outsiders.
The simple fact that 116 youths from the Spanish Springs valley, ages 4-to-10 completed the program is success in itself.
“I think we did better than we thought,” Moreland said. “One hundred and 16 kids is pretty good. We had about 15-to-20 per age group, including 10 four years olds.
“Those 4-year-olds did a lot of dribbling, stopping and turning the ball. There’s only so much 4-year-olds can do. But they’re doing it the right way first. One thing we tried to teach the kids to do was train at home. If you want to achieve greatness, you have to work at home.”
Moreland’s aim with his first-year program was to give parents and youths and alternative to some of the existing youth programs. Mission Accomplished!
“Our initial aim was just to introduce 50 or 60 kids to soccer in a different way than before,” Moreland said. “We didn’t worry so much about the rules. We dealt with dribbling, moves, shielding and controlling the ball. I think the kids did really well. Even the kids who were a little behind, did a great job of catching up.”
Youths who were younger than 8, went for an hour twice a week while 9-10 year olds went for 90 minutes twice a week. Moreland feels the spring program was such a hit, he plans to offer another program in the fall.
“We’ll go August to October for eight weeks. We found 10 weeks was a little too long for the kids,” Moreland said.
“This seems to be a good system. We’re hearing some of the other local clubs will start copying our template. That’s good. We’ll get the younger kids taken care of.”
The long-time Northern Nevada coach has already began working on changes to improve the program for the fall. Anyone interesting in learning more about the program or signing up for the fall can get details on the Spanish Springs Soccer Club’s Web site — spanishspringssc.com.