We launched our pilot program in September 2023 with one boys' group and one girls' group, each starting with a few players. That program went well, so it restarted in January 2024 at Grass Lawn Park. Registration is currently open.
Our goal is to provide a high-quality youth recreational soccer program to the Seattle and Eastside area. We are starting in the Redmond area, but plan to expand to the Bothell, Seattle, and Burien area.
Illume Pro is a youth organization designed to provide high quality educational services in a multitude of disciplines to local communities. Current and future sports offerings include soccer, basketball, badminton, and MMA. Programs in technology, math, and science are also being developed.
Our recreational soccer program is the perfect option for players kicking and dribbling a ball for the first time. Our focus on motor patterns and movement sequences maximizes the growth of all players. We see rapid development in players' abilities and substantial growth by the end of the program.
Some players just want to play soccer for fun without taking it too seriously. Our recreational program focuses on teaching the fundamental skills and concepts of soccer in a more relaxed environment. Players will get the full soccer experience without the pressure of performance expectations or performance-based participation rates.
Unfortunately, not all programs produce the results parents and players were hoping for. One comment we get often about our program is about how interactive and focused on the players our coaches are. The design of training sessions to maximize touches for all players is another noted feature from parents.
Players will engage in a variety of activities and games designed to develop the offensive skills of dribbling, passing, receiving, and shooting. Defensive ball skills include poking the ball away and clearing the ball. Players will learn how to use all surfaces of the foot to control and manipulate the ball.
Players will learn how to start seeing the game beyond the ball. Learning concepts such as off-ball movement, running to space, and staying spaced out in areas of responsibility are challenging. Without this knowledge, games devolve into "kick clumps" because every player runs to the ball at once. Our program focuses on the prevention of "kick clumps" by teaching players spatial awareness.
Players will learn how to work with teammates on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. Players will start to develop awareness of teammates and how to interact with them during run of play. Introducing players to possession passing, maintaining relationships with teammates, and holding a formational shape are some of the basic strategies focused on.
We teach our players all the angles and intricacies to performing soccer skills. Each skill is broken into its component parts and taught to the players. Training activities are created that allow players to develop the muscle memory needed for skilled performance. Our focus is on how the player's body moves more than the result of the action. Another primary focus is being able to kick with both feet. We make a deliberate effort to develop both feet equally. And the best time to do it is when they are learning for the first time.
Learning individual motor patterns is the first step; combining them into meaningful sequences is the next step. This does not come naturally as a result of learning a specific skill, movement sequences must be taught and practiced. Once basic muscle memory has been developed for skills in isolation, we start teaching players how to combine those into sequences such as receiving ball by touching to space, dribble ball, then pass the moving ball. Another example is being able to "turn" on the ball when receiving it. We download students with movement sequence options to choose from while playing.
The foundational rules and procedures of regulation soccer are taught with the objective of having a full, refereed game on the last day of the season. Players are taught the procedures of throw-ins, corner kicks, goal kicks, and free kicks. Rules such as hand ball, what is a foul, and offsides (when applicable) are taught and reinforced. One misconception many beginner players have is that hand ball literally means "only the hand", so they will use their forearm or bicep to stop the ball thinking this is a legal play. By the end of the program, we want our players to be able to play and watch a game of soccer knowledgeably.
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