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Creating A Challenging Culture That Kids Want To Be Apart Of

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Christian Lavers (@CLavers1) is the FC Wisconsin Director of Coaching and oversees all club staff and programs.  He has helped develop elite players at every level, with players that have gone on to play for US youth national teams, professional teams, and hundreds that have moved on to play collegiate soccer. Lavers is also the President of the ECNL.

Lavers emphasizes the importance of coaches providing an environment that people want to be part of. Coaches need to do the best they can to make it challenging, stimulating, and enjoyable. When it comes to players choosing whether or not they want to be a part of that environment, a coach should facilitate them being informed on the pros and cons of joining the team.

After that, a coach needs to step back and let athletes and their families decide if they want to be a part of it. All the coach should do is create the culture and let players make decisions about playing or not.