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NSSA Sports Performance Programs

Speed & Agility

NSSA is excited to offer a Speed and Agility Program that is specifically soccer focused. Unlike traditional speed and agility programs, our NSSA program combines specific soccer elements and movements that takes a player's game to the next level. Players who participate can expect to see improvements in:

  • Off-ball movement
  • Foot speed
  • Tight space ball skills
  • Speed of thought

Speed and Agility training is offered throughout the year to Academy PLUS teams and as an a la carte option to all competitive players. See schedule below.


Both Speed & Agility and Tech Zone programs are limited to players enrolled in our current Competitive program (2022-2023).

Tech Zone

Proper technique and repetition are keys to being a good passer, ball striker or dribbler.  We want to provide the instruction to improve those tools to be the most complete player you can be.

NSSA is excited to offer an 11-week session 1 program and a 5 week session 2 program that will focus on different aspects of passing, dribbling and ball striking. Led by U14+ Director, Brady Hicks, Brady and the NSSA Staff will provide each player individual and focused attention each week as they take you through different dribbling and passing techniques, how to properly strike a ball, and how to add different moves to your bag of tricks. Our goal is to give players continuous reps on techniques that are a must within the NSSA ethos. 

Tech Zone training is offered throughout the year to Academy PLUS teams and as an a la carte option to all competitive players. See schedule below.

Winter 2022-2023 Speed & Agility Info - ALA CARTE PROGRAM

SPEED & AGILITY

Option 1: 
Tuesdays @ TCO Sports
U9/U10: 5-5:45pm
U11/U12: 5:45-6:30pm
U13+: 6:30-7:15pm

Dates: 11/15, 11/22, 11/29, 12/6, 12/13, 12/20, 1/3, 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28

Option 2:
Thursdays @ BelAir Elementary
U9/U10: 5:30-6:15pm
U11/U12: 6:15-7pm
U13+: 7-7:45pm

Dates: 12/1, 12/15, 1/5, 1/12, 1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9, 3/30, 4/6, 4/13

*February 16 Time & Location Change : 
6:30-7:15 for U9/10
7:15-8:00 for U11/12
8:00-8:45 for U13+
Sessions will be held at MAC2

Each option has 15 sessions. 

Cost: $150 

TCO Sports Garden: 1490 County Rd E, Vadnais Heights, MN 55110
BelAir Elementary: 1800 5th St. NW, New Brighton, MN 55112

Brad Gudenkauf, NSSA Sports Performance Director

Brad holds a B.S. in Exercise & Sports Science. Brad has worked at a variety of facilities over the years and has crossed paths with athletes of all ages,  from a wide variety of sports, and competition levels. My time in MN has been spent predominantly working with high school athletes, more often than not, preparing for soccer. Over the 26 years, Brad has worked in the Strength and Conditioning field, he has done extensive research with the intent of improving my abilities as a coach. Brad sees how youth sports have changed quite a bit throughout his 25+ years in the field and he is excited for the chance to influence long term athletic development for the members of NSSA.

Iowa State University – 1996 – 2001
Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science
ISU Strength Staff experience: 

Professional Experience
Laurus Rehabilitation and Performance, Roseville, MN (2018-2020)
Fitness Focus, Inc. Mahtomedi, MN (2010-2016)
Corner Kick Indoor Soccer, Maplewood, MN (2007-2008)
Acceleration North, Arden Hills, MN (2001-2007) 

Soccer Experience
Mahtomedi High School 
• Girls’ Varsity Assistant (2013-Present)

St. Paul Central High School 
• Boys’ Varsity Assistant Coach (2005-2010)

Nevada High School (Nevada, IA)
• Girls’ Assistant Coach 1998
• Boys’ Assistant Coach 1999-2001
• 3rd Place in State Tourney 1999
• State Champions 2000 

WINTER 2022-2023 - TECH ZONE INFO - ALA CARTE PROGRAM

TECH ZONE

Dates:
Session 1: 12/2, 12/9, 12/16, 1/6, 1/13,  1/20, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24
Session 2: 3/3, 3/10, 3/24, 3/31, 4/7

Times: 
U7/U8 & U9/U10: 5-6pm
U11/U12: 6-7pm
U13+: 7-8pm

Cost
Session 1: $110
Session 2: $50

Location: Island Lake, 3555 Victoria St. N, Shoreview, MN 55113
Enter building through gym entrance on Vivian Ave