Suggested Format Guidelines BY Gary Waltz
The OnePlus Format (SoccerBuddy)
Often children with disabilities need assistance. To address this, the special needs program incorporates a new volunteercalled a Soccer Buddy. This person willassist the child at practice and games.
Without compromising safety, the primary goals is to have the player be as self-reliantas possible. After all, the overall goalis to see the child participate and grow in their accomplishments. It is possible that the child may nedassistance with a particular task for a limited time. The program should allowthem to accomplish the task independently when it is safe and they havedemonstrated physical ability and mental comprehension.
Unfortunately,some children have such severe needs the Soccer Buddy will have to perform manyactions for them. It may include pickingup a ball so the child can touch it, assisting with the mobility device, orholding their hand to provide direction.
The ONE PLUSformat can be adapted to any game or practice situation. It is not mandatory that every special needschild have a Soccer Buddy on the field with them. Some children may require this help whileothers will not. Their individualmedical condition will be the determining factor. When in doubt it is always best to have aSoccer Buddy.
Note: Lookfor more ‘Format’ ideas in the next issue of Karl’s Komments J
For more informationcontact TOPSoccer program Coordinator Gary Waltz at firstname.lastname@example.org or theDistrict VII office. Article Source:“Miles & Miles of Soccer Smiles”Handbook
Co-Authors: Peggy Neason/ Former US Youth SoccerTOPSoccer Chairperson
Karl Dewazien/CEO, FUNdamental SOCCER Enterprises