Saturday, May 26, 2012

U8 Boys practice - May 29

Focus: Goal keeping session & 1 v 1 attack.

Warm up, let's do a mass split warm up with half on Agility with Kim and half with me to do ball warm up (then switch).  Then we'll move into practice, where you will each work with your own crew (we'll do another round of stations next week).
I'm not sure how the goal keeping will go....I was just going to have each coach bring their crew over for the goal keeping portion....I'll find a wee spot on the field.  I may have to double up teams as time will be an issue.  I will do a basic goal keeping session with the kids...covering the basics including diving.

Fun little game & shooting review all  in one!  Targets
coaching points are in the link

Passing under pressure.  Moving the passing along (remember to review the basics AGAIN!)

1 v 1 attack - pick from the drills below as you see fit or create/use your own
(three adptations of drill below)
drill- (adapt as needed) one line with balls on goal post(defenders), one line without balls about 15 yards out. Have the defender pass ball out to offensive player and then close down for a 1 v 1. Or could have both lines coming from goal (could be numbers game below) and coach roles a ball out players run around cones at 15 yard mark (one cone in line with each post) and then play 1 v 1 (you could establish who is on O and who is on D prior or just whoever gets to the ball first is O. Or have two goals, and have players running from the side lines or each goal (small area 20 yard grid) and the ball gets played into middle by coach and it's one v one each having a goal to score in, one could be a shooting goal and one could be a passing target.
Numbers game - one goal
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

Defending points
-close down space quickly
-boxer stants and on toes
-keep about 2-3 yards space between you and attacker -so don't commit to ball - jockey
-watch the ball not the player
Attacking points
-attack with speed
-keep ball close

Scrimmage to end!

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