Team Vs. Player Development In Youth Soccer
Danielle Slaton (@DanielleVSlaton) is a Positive Coaching Alliance Trainer (workshop leader), who played soccer for the U.S. Women's National Team from 2000-2005, earning a silver medal in the Olympics and a bronze in the Women's World Cup. She played professionally in the WUSA, where she won a championship and was the league defender of the year in 2002. She also played professionally in France, and earlier captained her Santa Clara University team to the 2001 NCAA title. There, she was a three-time All-America and she was named the 2001 NCAA Scholar Athlete of the Year.
After her playing career, Danielle coached at Northwestern University and earned her Master's Degree in Sports Administration. She now serves as a soccer analyst for the Big Ten Network and Fox Sports, as well as director of Santa Clara University's Jerry Smith's Coaching For Life Academy.
In this video, Danielle debunks the myth that youth coaches must win games if their players are to be noticed for college recruitment. Of course, the visibility that comes from winning is an advantage, but not if those wins are at the expense of developing all players on a team into the best players and people they can be ...which is ultimately what the college soccer recruiters are looking for anyway.