Former Dynamo star Bryan Ching headlines tech-driven soccer workshop in Atascocita
From Monday to Thursday young soccer players will receive guidance from former Houston Dynamo forward Brian Ching.
At the “Path to Pro” soccer workshop hosted at Atascocita’s JC Sports Houston, players ages 7 to 18 will learn not only the strategy but also the psychology behind the game. Two age groups were available — 7 to 13 and 14 to 18 — with only 20 spots in each, and the sign-up fee was $295 per person.
After meeting Ching last year, Cesar Coronel, the venue’s owner, was inspired to make this initiative a reality. Both men were equally passionate about it and were determined to place it above the more usual, or more technique-centric, camps.
“We also do some classroom settings where we talk about the discipline to become a great athlete, nutrition and fitness,” Coronel said. “The psychology side is 50 percent of the game. If you get an injury then how do you overcome it? How do you prepare yourself for a tournament game? The final game?”
He also hopes that there will be enough support for the workshop to dribble to other areas in Houston. Aside from an emphasis on psychology, Coronel said another feature that should appeal attendees is the inclusion of technology such as IHT Spirit System to monitor heart rate and TOCA touch trainers that promotes quality repetition.
JC Sports Houston is the only facility in Texas to have the latter, according to TOCA Football’s website.
“These are all the technology that I wish I had — monitoring your own body, how many touches you can get in a training session,” Ching said. “A lot of the technology that we’re going to implement in the camp will allow kids to, one, be exposed to it and, two, to really understand that there are these things out there that can help them improve if they use them in the right way. I think it’s pretty special.”
Ching thought the presence of these additions represents an evolution in the sport. From his point of view, the already-high appreciation for soccer, within the U.S. and around the world, continues to grow and that marquee players are younger in age.
“18, 19 and 20-year-old kids,” he said. “They develop quicker at a lot younger ages than when I was coming around.”
For more information about this and other programs, visit JC Sports Houston at 18610 Page Forest Drive, Suite 100, call 281-624-6867 or go to jcsportshouston.com.