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Letter from U10 and U12 Soccer Coach in NCI have been a volunteer coach at our local YMCA here for 6 1/2 years. I have coached 27 teams. Two years ago, when my daughter moved up to the 10-12 yr old league, I began taking my role as her coach more seriously to help prepare her for Middle School Soccer. However, my team was just average at best. I never played soccer and simply didn't understand enough about the game. About a year ago, I decided to dedicate myself to reading SoccerHelp.com on a weekly basis and I bought my first round of Soccer Patches. Then I signed up for Premium, which is the best. In the Fall of 2010 my girls team went 5 wins, 1 loss, 2 ties. In the Spring, I had 11 returning players and went 6-0-2 undefeated, beating every team in the league at least once. This Fall we switched to the Co-Ed league and played our first match against an all boys team beating them soundly 4-1. We did pick up the little brother of one player so we are now 11 girls and 1 boy. But, in short, my girls have worked out using SoccerHelp.com games for 45 of the past 52 weeks and they stand out at our YMCA. They move better, understand more and play like a team of older kids. I can't thank SoccerHelp.com and David enough for their help with this incredible site. I am buying soccer patches again today for two more teams and I fully expect both teams to have successful seasons full of growth. After all, winning isn't everything. But, it's a lot more fun when you do win. All the best to you guys, --Coach Brad, U10-12, Charlotte, NC, Premium Member Letter from U9 and U11 Select Soccer Coach in NJI have been coaching soccer for the last 6 years. My boy's team is having their best season so far and I believe it is due to the patches I started giving out after the third game of the season. Since then we have played much better soccer and are scoring like crazy. We've scored 10 goals in the last two games alone. My girl's U-9 team struggled until recently and they too have come around. They connect the patches to what they are supposed to do on the field. I give them patches for everything from crosses to drops to lucky goals and throw-ins. These patches have turned my girls team around. We only scored 3 goals last season. This season we have scored 20 goals so far and 5 in the last game, beating a team we lost to earlier. The whole team gets gold stars if they score 5 goals or more and both teams have scored 5 in the last 2 games....thanks Soccerhelp. --Dave, NJ USA, U-11 Boys Select/U-9 Girls Select, Premium Member Letter from U15 Soccer Coach in MIThanks in large part to your website and motivational soccer patches, which we call "secret stars," our (now U15-G) Ann Arbor United Pumas went from being cellar dwellers to competitive against older and higher-level teams. We won our first tournament in the fall, 2010 in a U16-G division and finished around .500 in an open high school league (my girls are 8th and 9th graders and the other teams had mostly sophomores, juniors, and seniors). One highlight was beating a high school team coached by a former Manchester United player! --Nick, MI, Premium Member since 2008 Letter from U6 Soccer Coach in TX"I have to give credit to Coach Doug's DVD. It keeps the practices fun and entertaining, and we've only played about 6 or 7 of the Practice Games so far, so there are a lot more we can play. The main thing I have taught so far is "puppy on a leash" and monster kicks with correct form. Our second game was incredible. I wish you could have seen those little kids play. I haven't had one kid reach down and grab the ball with their hands where both teams we've played have had it happen to them. We also haven't had one kid score on our own goal. They know to turn the ball around and go in the right direction. So well, in fact, that I have only played the turn around game 1 time because they already know to do it. At first I thought the patches were just a gimmick, but after using them for a week and a half I can definitely see how and why they are important. The patches have gotten 1 kid to never use his hands (he used them all the time the first practice), gotten one kid to keep playing after he got hit in the stomach, and gotten one kid to play even though he didn't want to because he was too cold, and another to practice when he was scared to play. That last kid held the patch in his hand the entire practice. Now my son asks for patches for doing stuff around the house. ("Dad, I just picked up my toys, can I get a badge?") They are awesome. My son had to sit out this past game because he was sick and when I got home he asked me if everyone got a patch. He was disappointed that he wasn't able to get one for this game. Man, I could type about this for hours but in short: everything you recommend is great. I wish I could sing your praises from the mountaintops so that more people would buy your stuff. I'm 30 and I haven't played soccer since I was 12 and this is my first time to coach, but I feel like a master coach with these kids. The parents believe in me and you can see it in their faces. If we keep improving at this rate then next year we may have to move up a level. I'll send you a pic of our team when I can. Some of our smallest, youngest kids are our best players. Take care!" --Tommy, U6 coach, TX Copyright SoccerHelp.com, All Rights Reserved