For several years, Rich Badmington served as coordinator of coaching for the 2,600-member Lutherville/Timonium Recreation Council soccer program. In addition to being the father of three soccer-playing children, he is a USSF C-licensed coach and former assistant menâ€™s varsity coach at Columbia University during four years when the team won the Ivy League and participated in the NCAA Division I Final Four. He also served as assistant menâ€™s varsity coach at Dartmouth College. Richâ€™s understanding of youth coaching, refined over 13 years of coaching his own children, began during his decade-long tenure as a program director and vice president at two of the countryâ€™s pioneering soccer camp programs: World Cup Sports, the first company to create a national overnight camp system, and North American Soccer Camps, then the largest provider of day camp programs serving over 25,000 children in 40 states. Rich was an all-conference player and co-captain of the menâ€™s varsity team at the University of New Hampshire. â€œPower Toolsâ€ The building blocks of soccer can be grouped into a series of three basic â€œprogressions,â€ meaning three, progressively more challenging teaching sequences of related ideas. A fourth progression is offered for Goalkeepers. These are sequences within which ideas are built, from simple to complex; a growing accumulation of information. One idea relates to and serves as a foundation for the next. The teaching of pure technique (the way the body plays the ball) must happen within these activities â€“ not as a preliminary, isolated, static exercise. These progressions are: 1. Winning the ball 2. Advancing the ball 3. Finishing (goal scoring) Given all there is to learn about soccer â€“ the shear volume of information; the countless combinations, sequences, and levels of content; the lifelong learning that is possible; and the infinite variety of children â€“ it is a bewildering exercise to try to suggest â€œjust the right mixâ€ of training activities. These can be suggested but remain for coaches to devise.