Start with my lil'warrior's history and a bio. 4'2" 58lbs. (Smallest kid on the team in size and weight). He is little and on top of this he is the slowest kid on the team in terms of top end, but has quick feet. Best shuttle cone times and ladder quickness; full speed in 4-5 steps. He has asthma ( doctors did not think he could play any sport) and my son was a 2lbs 10 week early baby that has constantly battled to maintain his health. He has ADD and disgraphia along with the rest of his hurtles. Oh yeah...one more hurtle; weakest kick on the team. He is tenacious and still maintains a positive attitude (becoming a concern). His u10 spring season was break out for him. Played all minutes only resting during big leads. Played 10 of 11hrs during tournament time as a CB. The problem:. He is u12 now, still the smallest and slowest and now headers are introduced. He is no longer CB; no verticle jump to compensate for his small stature. He has been moved to Fullback/Wingback and is struggling with the mindset and the offensive demand. He worked very hard to get to where he was in u11 spring to be considered by his coach as the best defensive player and top 3 on the team. Now....he is on the bench struggling to understand his role. I train with him constantly and use soccer vids to try and help. He is progressing slowly. The coaches style is very aggressive and the fullbacks play high up the pitch. He has to dribble a lot more and his small size gets him knocked off the ball. He is pound for pound the strongest on the team, but kids 15-20lbs heavier are bumping him off the ball too easily. His cross to switch the field is low, inaccurate, and without any type of velocity. Hits maybe 1 out 11 nicely. I am looking for any insight to help with training and to help maintain a positive attitude. He is currently using k-bands and on a high protein diet (his choice). If anyone has some good literature, videos, or general insight please let me know. The coach is going to play him u13 for the rest of the season so he sees and experiences higher level of play and to hopefully hear more chatter from teammates, learning under fire approach. Coach really has taken an interest in him due to his work ethic and man on defense. He also is trying to tap into him. Coach's advice is to be patient. He is having to develop his mind first and that is a good thing (I agree). I am more concerned about my child's attitude; I am in no hurry. Thank you for reading and again, I welcome any insight.