Friday, May 18, 2012

U8 girls practice - 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.  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.

Skill focus:  shooting

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 will need you to do the coaching as you know your players names.

U8's  Cassie, Riley & Natalie
          Hrvojka & Renee (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.
I will have the arches at the field, so can use those here in a follow the leader type game, dribbling through arches, when coach says switch, players switch, when coach says passes, either one touch or two touch through the arches.

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

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- numbers game-one net...focus shooting 
Set up a small grid with goal at one end/use penalty area.  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

Scrimmage - try a four goal scrimmage to promote attacking and shooting.  Have coach at a corner of field with balls to serve in after goals are scored.  Have girls cut to ball.  Move to a regular scrimmage when needed.

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