Every player envisions himself or herself on the pitch in the big game.  To get to the big game with the crowds and lights, you first start out with the empty field, a ball and drive to improve.


Drill for Skill


Who: Boys and Girls, Ages U8 – U14

What: Individual Skill Training / Small group Futsal

When: Begins March 3rd, 4th or 5th. 

Players sign up for a 5-week session

For Example:  Players choose to train every Monday for 5 weeks or Tuesday for 5 weeks, or Wednesday for 5 weeks.

Cost: $45 per player (5 week session)

Where: Franklin Field House, basketball surface

Why: To improve technique and confidence while having fun


At any level, there is a correlation between increased touches on the ball while having fun and Development.  Few mechanisms can increase a playerUs confidence and ability than futsal and intentional practice.  ItUs one thing to practice a move, another to execute the move at game speed at the right moment in the correct part of the field.  Foundational technique from quality instruction can push players to improve rapidly. 


That said, Free Play (no coaches or referees) is how most of us grew up playing sports and is a proven model for player growth.  Playing different age levels and abilities will make players play more quickly or allow them to experiment with new tricks and techniques.


The Drill for Skill format is to infuse both intentional instructions with fluid Free Play.  The purpose of the Drill for Skill is to provide players the opportunity to learn through guided discovery and experiment real-time in tactically specific games. 


The hour session will incorporate individual technique in passing and dribbling.  Stopping, starting, turning with the ball varied with inside, outside and lift passes will dominate the curriculum.  In the latter half of training, players will be divided up into small-sided games that will challenge critical thinking skills and problem solving ability.  Each session ends with a World Cup of Futsal style tournament with running clocks and fluid transitions.  Teams will be randomly selected with coaches ensuring safety and fair play.


The format for Drill for Skill:

* 1 ball, 1 player – intentional skill development

* Free play – let the kids playI


Sample Session:



5   Min: Overview of Training, Skill of the Week, Player Recognition

15 Min: Passing Technique

20 Min: Ball Manipulation, Feints/Fakes

20 Min: Small-Sided Play – World Cup Format


Drill for Skill will be a serious approach to learning and having fun while demonstrating real time technique in the run of play. 


*Fundraising dollars cannot be put towards this event.

*Drill for Skill is optional for players inside and outside of Tennessee SC




John Michael Hayden - Former MLS professional player

*Wiki Profile: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Michael_Hayden

John Michael Hayden is the menUs assistant coach at Lipscomb University.  Prior to this Hayden was an assistant coach at Louisville University.  Hayden also served as the Boys Director of Coaching for the Chicago Fire Juniors- Kentucky in 2012 and holds a USSF National "A" License. 

Hayden had an illustrious youth career, which included being named Parade Magazine's All-American twice. He was named NSCAA/adidas Kentucky Player of the Year along with Gatorade and Eurosport State Player of the Year honors as well.  Hayden attended Indiana and was a member of two NCAA National Championship winning teams in both 2003 and 2004. The midfielder earned All-Big Ten honors three consecutive seasons for the Hoosiers.

In 2007, Hayden was drafted by the Houston Dynamo in the first round of the MLS Super Draft (13th overall). He played three seasons with the Dynamo and won an MLS Cup in 2007.  In 2010 he returned to Louisville to play for the Louisville Lightning during their inaugural season.

Players Coach Hayden has exclusively worked with include:

Andrew Farrel – 2013 MLS Superdraft #1 Pick, New England Revolution

Paolo Del Piccolo – Current MLS player – New England Revolution

Richard Ballard –2012 National Championship Team – Indiana University