I am looking forward to next sunday as Reflex goalkeepers school, where I volunteer as mental coach have their season’s celebration !
Their last practise of the season is finished in style : the kids receive their certificate, often in presence of a well known soccer player and everyone is treated to a delicious bbq !
My reward for the kids is as usual play ! Spring time is “Phuro bubbles” time and excellent time to get the kids out of their heads and back in play mode !
Why are these large inflatable balls helpful and useful in coaching…?
The fun factor !
There is nothing more motivating than to have fun in sports ! It really isn’t all about seriousness and performances all the time…Keep it balanced and avoid too much pressure.
Besides the hard work you already put in your practises, you have to be able to blow off steam regularly…
Bubble soccer seems scary at first but once you find out you really can’t hurt yourself, you can loosen up and have fun ! Then the giggling and screaming usually starts…
Isn’t it wonderful to see happy faces ?
A physical challenge !
Playing bubble soccer is a physical challenge ! Luckily the players are in good shape ! The parents are often curious and excited to try it out aswell, but many of them admit, they wake up the next morning having muscle pain all over their bodies !
Ten minutes to the max and everyone is out of air and thursty as hell ! It is very important to hydrate regularly when you’re playing !
Upside down !
Mental coaching is learning kids how to focus again. It often means putting things “upside down”, putting things back in perspective, creating a different outlook on things !
A mental challenge
Besides physical strength the right mental attitude is necessary to be more resilient to vicious tackles !
As you know famous soccer players like to use visualisations before playing an important game. In bubble soccer the inflatable bubble is your protective suit.
If during a soccer game you have the tendency to shy away from the ball, you can create a imaginative protective shield around you just the size of the bubble ball.
Keep your self-talk positive : It’s your ball, you are going to take it !
Positive thoughts and emotions
To feel strong and to be strong you have to keep your thoughts positive ! You can use AK (Applied kinesiology) to see what effect your thoughts have on your body feeling and strength.
Negative thoughts and emotions will weaken your body, the positive ones will strengthen them. Keep that in mind when you tackle someone…The angry one isn’t always the strongest ! Who’s going to be the last man standing….?
Our energy field
The bubble ball can be likened to your own natural energy field. Every living being (even our planet) has this energy field around its body. These fields can influence each other and are able to communicate with each other ! This isn’t about communication through language but through vibrations. Read more : We are electromagnetic beings
Still believe learning new things can’t be fun ?
Phuro! Be inspired!