Monday, April 28, 2014

U6 Practice Plan - Week 1

Find a spot on the field stake out your territory & grab two pop up nets.

Don't forget to:
Introduce yourself and get to know players names.
Review player code of conduct (remind about equipment & jewellery & fair play)
You will practice until 5:40 when the horn will go and you will then play your game.
Don't forget to give lots of water breaks.
Don't feel you have to get through all the drills!
Have fun!!

Focus skill- dribbling

Skill cues:  lots of LITTLE touches on the ball
                  keep the ball close
                  try and look up

Warm up - freeze tag no balls to start, if you get tagged, freeze until someone comes and unfreezes you (show them how to freeze, legs apart, arms up and out)....then move to playing with balls, if you get tagged person unfreezes them by passing the ball between your legs (demo this).  You are dribbling around until you get tagged.

Optional Quick scrimmage with just own team (review rules: when it goes out it is the other teams ball, throw ins (all the way behind  head, throw the way you are facing, feet must stay on the ground, use two hands) and goal kicks etc)
Dribble Grid/Square Dance (review that when dribbling with defenders keep the ball close with lots of touches) get them using all parts of their feet including the sole to roll it back and forth, toe taps (storks), stopping and turning etc..
(in your coaching binder with byte sized drills it's Square Dance)

Shark (where if they have their ball taken away by you they become a shark with you) play it British Bull dog style where all the fish have to get to the reef on the other side without the shark getting their ball...if you the shark gets their ball then they become a shark with you.  Fish swim when the sharks call out SHARK!!
(Byte Sized Coaching Binder:  Square Dance with Sharks)

Soccer Island/Fun House
In a larger grid (Island) create a fun house where they fly to go and do a skill (toe taps, pulls, dribble around a cone, whatever other fun(ny) thing you want them to do in the fun house.
Variation could be when you say fly, they can't be tagged by you the coach.

Rock Soccer
Mark out a grid, and mark out a smaller "ball box" in the back of each teams grid.  Make two teams.  Put all the soccer balls at centre.  On "go" each team tries to get as many balls into their "ball box".  When all balls are gone from centre, they go and steal balls from the other teams "ball box".  Your choice if you want to allow checking or just getting as many balls as you can...perhaps progress to checking.

If you need more....
Numbers Game
Focus – Small Sided Game
Set up a small grid, depending on number of players. Separate players into 2 teams on either side of goal. 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 placed. Players must attempt to score on their opponent’s goal while defending their own. Encourage celebrations after a goal!
(U6) – Increase number of players to 2 or 3 to encourage teamwork (grid size may need to increase to accommodate this.)

Horn for matches.
Don't forget to cheer and shake hands post game!

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