Steamers Schoolers... What, Why, and How?
About the Program
The purpose of the juggling and moves patch system is to incentivize the players to become skillful, build confidence on the ball, play beautifully, and practice at home on their own. Additionally, the system provides a challenge catered to the level of each individual player and therefore a way for every player to succeed at their own pace.
For example, the least skilled player in may not ever score a goal. But over the course of the season (and with some extra help), they might be able to perform the first 10 “Schoolers” during games. Now that player will have a tangible record of their growth over the season AND when they are awarded with the “Steamers Schoolers 10 patch” it will be because they actually earned it, and will have the skills to prove it.
On the other side of the spectrum, the most developed player on the field might score over and over again. After scoring 10 goals in a game, will it really make a player better trying to score the 11th? This player is not being challenged enough. Sure they can score a goal, but can they score after doing a Pull-L and a Scissors? Can they do a Maradona before they shoot? Can they do 25 juggles? Even with the added challenge the best player may still score 10 goals a game, but now they will know 20 useful skill moves and a have a habit of juggling at home.