Specialty Skills

At Avila Creative Soccer, creative coaching is the key. Our Specialty Skills feature new curriculums that are proven winners. Our goal is not only development, but to surprise your child each and every time they attend. Join us for an amazing opportunity to learn specialty soccer skills that will enhance your level of play and make you more effective on the field! Our classes are designed to fill in the gaps where your current skills are lacking, making you a better, more valuable player all around.

The Specialty Skills are $99/month. It includes 4 Specialty Skills Classes to be used over one month. Most people come once a week during the same time. Classes can also be used at a quicker pace (just send us an email). For example, when players want a quick tune-up during certain periods of the year, they can use all 4 classes in one- or two-week periods instead of a month. Of course, instead if purchasing Specialty Skills Classes alone, consider our packages too–they often include Specialty Classes at a highly discounted rate.

How Do Specialty Skills Differ from Traditional Small Group Classes? Specialty Skills are laser focused on one specific skill or topic, whereas the traditional Small Group Classes that Avila Soccer has always offered use a more holistic approach to learning.

In this class, we offer different Specialty Skills classes--Shooting Mechanics, Shooting Against Live Goalies, Dribbling, Juggling, Highball Trapping, and Passing & Receiving. Classes are offered Mondays through Fridays during our Fall Semester (September-December) and Spring Semester (January-May). If players want to sample or mix-and-match Specialty Skills throughout the week, it is offered with our packages (Max Plans, 2-Month Package, Train & Apply Package, One Year Package). Click here to see a full schedule of all our classes.

 
 

Details

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Dates
Classes Monday-Friday
Spring Semester 
(January-May)

Fall Semester
(September-December)

cost

Cost
Ages 8+
$208 (Anderson Mill, Round Rock)
$264 (Lakeway)

Ages 4-7
$120 (Anderson Mill, Round Rock)
$134 (Lakeway)

Cost is for the 2-Month Package which include:
8 Specialty Skills Classes
8 Age-appropriate Small Group Classes

locations Locations
Anderson Mill
Lakeway
Round Rock
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Classes Offered
Core Specialty Skills
Offered during Spring & Fall Semesters. See descriptions below
 
Shooting Mechanics
Shooting Against Live Goalies
Dribbling is an Attitude
No-fear Defending
Juggling
High Ball Trapping
Passing & Receiving

Additional Specialty Skills Classes
Only offered during camps 
Soccer Golf
The Art of Nutmegging
Soccer Tennis Functional Juggling
Bicycle/Specialty Kicks
Perfect Penalty Kicks
Tactical Awareness
Goalie

 

Related Specialty Skills Classes

 

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Give your child the necessary creative skills to make a difference on the field. Click the links below to sign up and purchase a class while spots are available, and prepare your child to play with imagination.

 

Core Specialty Skills Classes (offered during spring & fall semesters)

  • Shooting Mechanics

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    Shooting Mechanics specializes in shooting anatomy. We'll deconstruct and review every aspect of shooting in detail: visualization, approach, plant foot positioning, setting the frame, angle of release, turning radius, rotary momentum, follow-through, and critical velocity.

    Next, think mechanics, mechanics, mechanics–the same mechanical principles that govern the movements of all athletes. The same mechanics that NASA used to land a spacecraft on the moon timed to within a fraction of second!

    The class is conducted with shoes off so that our instructors can literally manipulate the metatarsals. In fact, much of the class doesn't even involve the use of a soccer ball but instead focuses on pinpoint form. Every kid wants to score....give 'em a shot!

    Shooting Mechanics is for:

    • The player who passes instead of shoots in front of the goal.
    • Anyone who has never been shown proper shooting technique.
    • Players in pre-season or on vacation who have a gap of time.
    • Elite players who need to get 20 to 30 more yards on their shot distance.
    • Anyone who would like to score more on game day.

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  • Shooting Against Live Goalies

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    30-minute Shooting Class that gets players in the habit of shooting on net and scoring against live goalies

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  • Dribbling Is An Attitude

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    This class is just what is needed to help athletes who are not as assertive as they could be. It's a class for any skill level focused on showing players how to take the responsibility for attacking and penetrating versus a mentality of passing the ball off. We walk the player through the mental process of premeditating the decision to dribble before receiving the ball, and subsequently pouncing with conviction and speed!

    See if your child doesn't play with more confidence after this! When they practice over and over the motion of physically dominating an opponent and pushing past them, a funny thing happens - they experience a sense of empowerment and self attainment that only comes with being good at something! 

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  • No-Fear Defending

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    A class that teaches defending tactics, techniques and attitudes. Players will gain clarity on notions such as jockey and delay, stabbing at the ball, shepherding, foot and hip positioning, aggressive/assertive play, decision making, and yes, even slide tackling—using our state-of-the-art 12" thick dive mat. This class is a must for kids who don't "get it" and for players who are ready to accept the responsibility of contributing when they are not actually in possession of the ball.

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  • Juggling

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    Hey, lets not forget the fun! This class will pull no stops and features the most outrageous and clever juggles and dribbling moves that both urban street players and legendary professionals alike have dared to imagine! 

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  • High-Ball Trapping

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    What goes up must come down with style. And while we're at it, apply some of the mechanical laws of the universe too. High-ball Trapping requires precision technique and is perhaps the most underrated of all soccer skills, especially if your position is Center Back Defender. Yet, this class is a must for any player who has come to realize the truth–that the game is played in the air. That out of the air (before it makes landfall) is where an assertive player must first contact the ball. If you are bold enough to fight for it there, this class can teach you how.

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  • Passing & Receiving +

    Demonstrates the essentials of trapping, first touch and distribution.

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Additional Specialty Skills Classes (only offered during camps)

  • New this year: Soccer Golf!

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    We really hit a hole in one with this fantastic new specialty class. Soccer Golf is a fun, creative hybrid game we use to get players to improve their aim with a soccer ball. As with real golf, it takes but one swing to elicit a common reaction which is to immediately think, "wow, how hard this seemly simple task is."

    And that is what we are after. Improved passing and distribution. Why? Because some of the best players are not even at the precognitive stage when it comes to this crucial part of the game. Aiming with this sort of laser focus is the point of Soccer Golf, to get players to think about how accurate they really could be with focus and applied technique.

    In keeping with the spirit of this hybrid game, we create a miniature golf course complete with long range and short "putting distance" challenges for players to show their best kicks. This is a can't miss class, and so much more than just par for the course!

  • The Art of Nutmegging

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    Ok, for those of you who know the self-proclaimed nutmeg artist Coach Eryck personally, the only surprise here is that this specialty did not show up on the curriculum sooner. This fun class actually takes a scientific approach to Coach Eryck's favorite skill (and laughable source of pride) Nutmegging! Tricks of the trade are revealed in this can't-miss class for the diehard!

    A nutmeg (or tunnel) is a technique used in soccer, in which a player rolls the ball through an opponent's legs. This can be whilst passing to another player, shooting or occasionally to carry on and retrieve it themselves. You'll know it when it happens!

  • Soccer Tennis Functional Juggling (a hybrid sport)

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    We're keeping it interesting but practical with this hybrid sport commonly called Soccer Tennis. It can be played in many different ways–as singles, doubles, in threes or fours, or larger groups–especially if a real soccer ball is used.

    Many different objects can serve as a net. If no objects are available then two grids can be laid out separated by a dead zone. The number of bounces and touches can be adjusted. The serve can be changed from a service from hand to kicking it off of the ground. The game is a great replacement to juggling.

    Limitations according to age and ability can really make it interesting. One favorite rule is when we place a garbage can at the back of either side of the court/field. Any team that gets the ball over the net and also in that can automatically wins the match!!!!! Even if they were losing desperately! You can imagine the drama.

    Many techniques such as receiving the ball in the air, heading, juggling, volleys etc., all get practiced during the natural course of any Soccer Tennis game. Players gain insight as they strategize and contemplate questions: Can the team in possession move their opponents into a poor position? Do they strike at the right time and play safely when needed? Can the defenders read their opponents intentions and counter them?

    What's best is how the game encourages both communication and cohesion in a fun climate: Do the players work well as a team? Do they compliment one another or do they play as individuals? Can the players relate to the ball, its flight, bounces and speed?

    In other words, the soccer problems are similar to those in a match. The pressure of time is real. Both teams have goals and must think of attacking and defending. While it is not soccer, it is soccer like.

  • Bicycle Kicks/Specialty Kicks

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    A fun and inspirational class using a state of the art 12’’ thick dive mat, teaches secrets of specialty finishing including: bicycle (overhead) kicks, scissor kicks, banana kicks, in-swingers, corner kicks, and set pieces from outside the box!

  • Perfect Penalty Kicks

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    A class designed to guide players through the process and pressure associated with penalty kick taking. Everything from stepping up to volunteer for this high stakes moment to choosing the correct corner and technique and cadence is reviewed.

  • Tactical Awareness

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    Tactical awareness is the ability to know ones role and have positional awareness on the field along with possessing the ability to make good decisions.

    At Avila, it specifically means understanding the concept of "Passing lanes" and "Off-the-ball Movement."

    In this class, players learn the more advanced tips for navigation of the field - that is to track ones own teammates as they travel back and forth (not just the movements of their opponents).

    Creating triangles with their teammates is the most central theme, and players are taught to migrate the triangle (even abandoning the form) so that they might recreate it again somewhere else on the field.

    When it comes to performance in a real game, we like to explain that skill and speed are great to boast but tactical awareness is first and foremost!

  • Goalie Class +

    Our Goalie Class provides specialty training that focuses specifically on technique. Learn the mechanics of diving and how to make the all-important "second save." Our 12-inch diving mat allows you to train without fear, and in turn you will develop the ferocity and skill needed to defend the goal. This class is designed for those who wish to work hard in their pursuit of goal-keeping mastery.

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