Professional practices at Altitude Rush. An interview with Tato Noriega
August 18, 2022
This article was written by Santiago Figueyra, Rush Soccer Development Content & Marketing Manager.
José Antonio Noriega was born 29 December 1969. He is a Mexican former professional footballer who played 14 years for various clubs in the “Primera División de México”. Noriega played with seven different clubs in Mexico, his most years coming with Monterrey. He also played for the Mexico national team in six occasions. His friends call him Tato.
In order to get his professional coaching license Tato took his practices at Altitude Rush in Port Saint Lucie under the mentoring of Rush’s Sporting Project Director, Pablo Toledo.
Tato is a top professional, humble, and has a wealth of knowledge. After completing the course, we sat down with Tato and chatted.
Santiago: “Tato, how would you describe the process of practices and mentorship in Altitude Rush?”
Tato: “It would say diverse. It was a great combination of in class learning, talks, debates and on field activities. It was really insightful to watch how coaches from different group age applied Altitude Rush methodology. You would see how different methods, approaches, styles or ways of teaching core values, would result in a positive implementation of the methodology.”
S: “What comments, ideas or thoughts do you have of Rush Soccer as a sports project?”
T: “I believe it’s a solid project. Its philosophy is very well written and described in their manuals. I was surprised when I saw that what was written in paper, actually took place on the training field. For example, before practice they would show us three of four fundamental concepts that couldn’t be left out. These concepts where shared with players who had to comply, so when practice started, regardless of the exercise, these concepts were a key part of it, and were nonnegotiable. If you can apply on the field what you’ve taught on the classroom, that leads to a strong players development”
S: “Taking into account what you’ve learnt through Escuela Menotti, what are your thoughts or ideas from an educational perspective?”
T:”What clearly stood out after this practice is the enormous responsibility that we as coaches have when training young people. We have to follow their development very carefully, because of all the positive and negative influence we have on them. You can either confuse players and make them loose their love for the game, of you can help them reach their highest potential. And it doesn’t matter whether they end up playing in a professional level or not. We are part of a development of a person in a crucial time of their life. This is why I find that concepts such as enjoyment and fun, combined with clear training concepts, are essential for a child’s game evolution. These key ideas are continuously explained and applied in Escuela Menotti”
S:-“What is your general opinion about Altitude Rush?”-
T: -“Honestly, I was surprised about how well organized it is. It functions in a clear and honest way. It’s simple, yet has a defined structure. It pretty much resembles to a professional club. I really like the way it reflects its core values. I also agree with the game philosophy and model. Honestly…it makes me really understand the way American soccer is developing. I see a bright future for the game development in America. And the best of all, is how Rush helps young players build their soccer path”-
S: -“What advice would you give to Altitude Rush?”-
T: -“My advice would be to focus on the human being. Focus firstly on the human aspect, and then on the players one. My experience shows me that institutions must focus on the human side of it. On the child’s welfare. Because a really tiny number of players make to the first team. So it’s key for us all, to develop better humans. Soccer training should be a way of developing better persons. Things such as team work, respect of others, respect for rivals, team mates…Those sort of things makes us all better…makes the world better. Soccer should be a vehicle for that mean.
S: -“Could you give us a piece of advice for young soccer players?
T: -“Don’t lose sight, that soccer is a game and that you have to have fun. But also, keep in mind that you are competing. So if you can compete and train understanding the importance, but keeping in mind that it’s a fun game, your victories will be very enjoyable, and defeats won’t be so terrible”-
S: -“Thanks for your time Tato”-
Tato: -“My pleasure to be able to help. Keep up the good work”
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