Tuesday, May 6, 2014

U6 practice plan - week 2 (May 7)

Great start last week!  Only Kendra at your practice this week.
Please note:  next week (May 14) is a dress up day and we will do stations (more on this next week).  Dress up in your favourite costume.  Theme:  anything goes from princesses to superhero's to ladybugs...or some kind of mix - it's wacky Wednesday!

Focus skill:  passing

-non kicking foot next to the ball
-strike ball with side of foot, firm ankle, heel pointed down
-follow through to target

Warm up:
Donkey Tails

Half the players are given a pinni to tuck into the back of their shorts as a tail. Coach shouts “Go!” players without a tail attempt to grab a tail from the players with one. Once players get a tail they must now avoid having it taken.

Game:  Chain Soccer

Focus – Small sided Game
Set up a small grid, depending on number of players. Separate players/parents into 2 teams as shown below. Number players 1,2,3,4,5 etc. Call out a number. That numbered player/parent combo from each team enters into the field to challenge for the ball. Players try to score on opposing side while defending their own side. Parents and players not called can act as goalies on their side.
Harder (U6) – No parents. Ask children to link arms and work together to stop goals. Harder (U6) – Increase the # of players called into the grid to 2 or 3.

Topple me Coconuts:

(Active Start session 8 and there is video too)
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!
Or Circle Game (in byte sized coaching binder) I will bring out a bunch of tall cones

Or try soccer bowling:
Soccer bowling (shooting/passing accuracy)

Pac Man (also known as Kick the coach)
Gird (15x15), all kids have ball and try to hit you with a pass (you don't want to be hit).  Working on good passing technique.  You may have to create a zone for you that the kids can't enter (small square in middle of grid and then move to no square and everyone moving).
(this video all demos passing technique with cues.

Clean Your Room.
Split grid in half and place half of player in each half grid with balls.  They must PASS not kick ball into other half of grid, keeping your half or room clean until coach says done.  Count balls in each half.

Games, cheer, snack!

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