Friday, May 18, 2012

U10 girls practices - May 22

I am planning on splitting the group in half and working with half the group and their coaches.  The other half of the group will work in part together for the warm up (longer if you want).  Remember we are working on creating a coaching community where all can gain from each other.  Then we will move to coaches working with just their team including the inter-squad scrimmage.  I need to stress that you should be keeping your scrimmages small as it increases the number of touches on the ball each player has and allows players to work on their skills.

When I am working with your group, I still want you to coach and jump in whenever/wherever you see fit/have something to add!  I will run the warm up drill(s) but you will need to coach as you know your players and their names!

 Arlana & Heather
 Nadine & Julie (I will work with your groups)

**Warm up - Dribble grid - passing grid.  Start with simple dribble grid, but have players partner up.  Play follow the leader, first partner is leader and runs around, cutting in grid while second partner (ball carrier) follows them moving the ball in the pattern of the first.  When the partner with the ball yells stop, the front player stops, ball carrier passes a small pass past them, leader runs onto ball and they switch roles.  Add through the legs, ball and ball carrier, leap frog etc....   Progress to passing in partners and then threes(?), pass and move in the grid, working on nice passes and opening up as you are receiving the ball, good first touch...lots of talk.

**Agility Relays - hurdles & cones session (first coaching pair goes first, the second coaching pair will go after first skill drill, or when free.

Partner drill - touch backs in the air
Each pair will have a ball and a cone.  Facing each other about 1.5 m apart.  Partner with ball serves ball in air to partner who uses side of foot to one touch it back to partners hands (5 with R, 5 with L and switch), progress to using the laces.  Between each serve, player jumps laterally over cone.  Remind them to lock their ankles and control weight on the ball.

Skill focus shooting mechanics
Coaching points:
-planting foot pointing at the target
-planting foot next to ball if too far back, ball will go up because you will be forced to lean
-striking ball with inside laces, toe pointed down ankle locked
-knee over ball (of striking foot)
-shoulder over the ball (head down as striking)
-quick snap and follow through
-always strike a moving  ball

skill focus:  shooting
simple activity of two lines, each kid with a ball facing coach/team mate.  Pass to coach or team mate who lays off the ball to side for a shot
(first drill on page) - worry less about if they are shooting in or out of penalty area

can adapt this drill slightly and add a defender, where the coach/player who was initially receiving for layoff, now this player is the attacker (back to net), defender behind them, attacker receives pass and needs to turn and play a shot on goal (have defender play dummy to start and play tight...then move to live defender)

skill focus: shooting (good warm up for pre games too)
4 corner shooting drill

skill focus:  shooting under pressure
2v2 game

Scrimmage:  try a 4 goal scrimmage to promote attacking and shooting the ball
Set up a 20m x 20m grid with 4 goals in the middle of each side. Coach in one corner to serve balls after they go out or players score.
Move to a regular scrimmage when needed.
Use scrimmage to work on items that come up in games (like throw ins for example) and focus the scrimmage on this.

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