Sunday, April 28, 2013

U13 Girls & Boys practice Week 1: (April 30/May 2)

Don't forget to:
Introduce yourself
Get to know players names
Review players code of conduct (stress fair play, equipment, no jewellery)

Theme/Focus:  Dribbling

Dribbling cues
(with defender):
-ball close, lots of touches, use all parts of foot
-shield so you can see player and the big (keep body/hip between you and defender)
-head up

(fast, break away style dribbling)
-ball still in control but pushed further ahead
-ball pushed forward with laces, toe pointed down
-head up

for technique tips on dribbling in a fast break situation

Warm up:  (5-10min)
 Dribble Grid (square dance in bytesized coaching or warm up demoed at coaching clinic)
(use stop, go, turn, fake, storks/toe taps commands) ADD SOME DYNAMIC STRETCHES
-play a fun game of shark, where coaches or a few players are the sharks(without balls) and try and knock the other players balls out of the grid, if your ball is knocked out 5 storks and back into the game OR if your ball is knocked out the player who knocked it out gets your ball and you become a shark.

Agility:  ladders or hurdles and cones (5min)

GAME: intersquad scrimmage two teams, 4 goals (situated one on each side of field/grid OR two on each end, a per corner.  To score must dribble through the goal (10 min max)
or Zone game 4v4

Activity/Skills session focussing on dribbling (20-25min)
Focus – Ball Literacy – Turn & Burn
Divide players into two teams – put one team in pinnies. One team starts on one end of the grid with a ball each. Objective is for players with the ball to dribble towards the players without, who remain stationary. The coach shouts “Turn” and the players with the ball turn and try to dribble back to their starting line before their partner. Move to when coach yells turn, that the defender or player without the ball can try and steal the ball before getting to the "safe line".  Take turns having both teams being attackers/defenders. Do not eliminate players who lose their ball. Let them have another go.  (Coach can keep score for fun if you want and make the winning team sing???)

1v1 dribbling focus on attacking (can turn this drill into Kings court so that they play different players or just rotate as you see fit.

Dribble, shoot, score  
Mark out a goal.  About 20-30yards out two lines (mark with cones), staggered, offence (with balls) line in front, defence line about 2ft behind Coach shouts go, offence/attacking player dribbles towards goal trying to get in as many touches on ball (keep it close!) as possible before shooting on net trying not to let defending players catch up to them and take their ball.  

GAME: Intersquad scrimmage: **just your team divided into Two teams, two goals, regular rules of soccer.  Coach the dribbling techniques practiced in the game.  Also use this game to review rules eg. throw ins (all the way behind the head, throw the way your facing, both feet on the ground, two hands on the ball), goal kicks etc...

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