Club Soccer Spotlight: Rob Busa of Montclair Soccer Club
Our Club Soccer Spotlight series continues with an interview with Rob Busa, who serves as the Direct of Coaching for Montclair Soccer Club.
For more information on Montclair SC, you can visit the club's official website.
1. How would you best describe your club's soccer philosophy?
Montclair Soccer Club is a community based organization - our philosophy is to create a program that installs passion and a love for the game and that strives to ensure that every child that plays for Montclair SC has a wonderful experience in soccer.
We aim to create a program that our community can be proud of, as a result it is important that our 'Way of Playing' is consistent across every team. Our professional coaching staff strive to enable our players and teams to play both possession retention and creative attacking soccer - based upon their situation.
Passages of play in soccer are always very different, and it is important that our practices and curriculums reflect this to give our players the tools and realistic scenarios to problem solve under pressure with technique. Playing on a team that possesses the ball, but that has an attacking mentality and will look to go forward when possible is more fun to be on, and more exciting to watch.
2. What are the major characteristics that you try to instill in your players at your club in order to help them become a complete soccer player?
The main characteristics we look to install can be both managed by our players and will also help them be more successful in every day life.
- Effort - Not every player can go out and score a hat-trick, but every player can go out and give their best effort.
- Focus - Concentrate on what is being asked of you (by your coach) and focus on the goals that you set yourself. Players should be focused on themselves, because thats what they can control.
- Accountability - Coaches can not help to develop players, if the player is not accountable for their own development. You have to put the time in to improve.
- Teamwork & sportsmanship - Fundamentally, treat others as you would want to be treated.
- Fun - Enjoy playing the game.
3. What individual training drill would you recommend for all youth soccer players?
In terms of drills that youth soccer players can go out and do I'll quote the late Ron Greenwood (Legendary Innovative Soccer Coach) - "Simplicity is Genius".
For me the most simple way youth soccer players (especially within the social-culture of the US and the Bay Area) can improve is to go out and play the game in any format as often as possible, especially a format that makes you happy.
4. What gives you the most satisfaction as a coach in terms of player and team development at your club?
I have always wanted to be a teacher as far back as I can remember - I think that was because I was lucky enough to have been influenced by some fantastic role models. Knowing that you are contributing towards influencing someones future and your local community and society is unbelievably satisfying.
The game has changed a lot here in the US over the last 10 years. In particular when I begun coaching in the Montclair community in 2007, I generally felt that people were not that engaged in the game of soccer - hardly anyone followed a team or a player and there was never anyone turning up to training early to have a kick around.
The most satisfying thing to me is how soccer now looks in our community - our fields are now awash with soccer jerseys from all over the world and parents can't get their children off the field for their dinner (not that the parents aren't into it, lots who never played as a child are playing in the various pick up games and adult leagues in the area!).
The development of the game in the US and in particular our community is without doubt the most satisfying part of development I have seen.
5. What’s the best piece of advice that you would offer to youth soccer players?
Practice is crucial, we learn in life through repetition, there is no doubt there, so that's pretty important.
The only thing that will stop a player who puts the practice in is if they are not enjoying playing the game - PLAY WITH CONFIDENCE AND PLAY TO HAVE FUN.