Friday, May 18, 2012

U4/5 practices week of May 22

Hello coaches!
You have been doing a great job this week with your practices, I love all the variations on the drills!  Please make sure you email me or ask if you have questions or need help or want me to spend more time with your group.  For this week you will be running your own practices with your teams again, however we will spend the last 10-15 minutes playing a game against another team (horn will signal moving to games and end of games).  A couple of teams will have to use cones for goals and field outline.  We'll keep the fields small.  The rest of practice will be drills, pick from the list or add one or two of your own (you will not get through the list in one day, so should have lots for two days).  See who plays who at the end of this post.  I have added coaching points, the older kids may be able to grasp some of these, many of the three year olds won't....I put them in so you can start giving some guidance around these things to start developing some good habits, but don't get bogged down by them.  It may be as simple as passing using the side of foot and shooting using the inner laces (NOT the TOE).  One more reminder, most of you have noticed that there are not enough of the little nets for everyone to have two, so please try and share them around, some coaches have barely had use of them.  Thanks!!! :)

warm-up/agility:  chain tag, when the person who is it catches someone they link up/hold hands and try to catch others, if chain gets too big break into smaller

warm-up/agility/dribbling: me and my shadow

skill: dribbling - square dance

skill:  passingPirate Pete
(can be found in Active start program)
Divide the players into two teams. Put the teams in two different pinni colors. One team has to run through the channel to get to the treasure (balls). The other team kicks the ball to the player running through the channel mate trying to hit the other team with the ball below the knee as they run through. If players get struck by the ball they have to go back and try again. When players get to treasure (Ball) they bring back a peace back to their ship. Players change roles after a set time. Count the pieces (Balls) each team collects.
Variations Easier (U4): Players can role the ball rather than kick it. Players can carry treasure back in their hands. Parents can help. Harder (U6): Players can shoot the ball. Players can dribble both ways with the ball.
coaching points for passing:
-non kicking/planting foot next to ball
-non kicking/planting foot pointing at target
-strike ball with side of foot with ankle locked

skill: passing/shooting: Topple me Coconuts
(can be found in Active start program)
Split players into 2 teams and have them line-up as shown below. Place balls on top of cones like coconuts. Ask players to alternate making passes/shots to try and knock the ball off of a cone. If a player is successful they can go and retrieve both balls and bring them back to their side. Encourage celebrations!

skill:  shooting
Make 4 goals on each side of the grid (use cones or grab a couple of arches which I will bring to the field).  Put parents/coaches in goals and then have the kids work on dribbling around and shooting on each goal.  Count how many times you score!

coaching points for shooting:
-non kicking/planting foot next to ball
-non kicking/planting foot pointing at target
-strike ball with laces, toe pointed down and ankle locked

skill- numbers game-one net...focus shooting
(Active start plan 3)
Set up a small grid with goal at one end.  Separate players into 2 teams lined up on each side of goal.  Place two cones just a bit further than shooting distance even with corners of goal, and place yourself between with a stash of balls.  Number players 1,2,3,4,5 etc. Call out a number. That numbered player on each team must race around the cones into the field where a ball is played. Players are trying to both defend and score on the same net. Encourage celebrations after a goal! Progress to 2 or 3 players. Add a goalkeeper (might just keep it at one number (set of players) coming out at a time)

scrimmage:  3 v 3 (no goalies)
Tuesday:  team 1 vrs 2     5 vrs 6    9 vrs 10        Thursday:  team 1 vrs 3   5 vrs 7    9 vrs 11
                         3 vrs 4    7 vrs 8   11 vrs  12                                  2 vrs 4   6 vrs  8  10 vrs 12

Work on learning the boundaries of the field (make sure you show and run the kids around the boundary) and when it goes out to run and get it but then listen for the coach for whose ball it is (opposite team from who kicked it out).  I would not worry about throw ins at this point, but do a pass in.  Also practice subbing- sub all players every 2-3 minutes.  And of course the score doesn't matter.  Also work on being a sporting player and team so cheer for the other team at the end.

Snack and social

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