Monday, June 2, 2014

U 13 - Week 6 - June 3 & 5

I enjoyed watching players develop their shooting and goaltending skills last week. 

Theme this week:  Defending

Note: This week we will mix players into two teams and play 11 vs 11 games. Rory will be there to help organize.
Please start practice by doing warm up and one of the technical team activities. Demonstrate proper defending stance and positioning. Game will start after 20 minutes.

Marissa/Randy and Anthony/Rob see practice plan below for defending.

Defending coaching points
Defender's stance:
Defender's feet should be about a shoulder width apart
- legs should be slightly bent
- stay on toes so you can react to any sudden changes of direction by the attacker.
-quick close down
-delay/give space - don't commit- jockey
-watch ball not player
-make the attacker make the mistake
Defender positioning:
- defender is goalside (closer to net than attacker)
- direct attacker into area where there is support

Warm Up -
Agility stations - use ladders, hurdles and cones to create agility challenges. You may want to include players receiving and delivering a pass to coach during agility. 
Keep Away - 20 X 30 m grid. All players except for two are dribbling within a grid. Those without balls try to win ball from other players and then continue to dribble with grid. When coach stops play the two players without balls must do a challenge.
Two teams. Regular rules except man on man marking only. Pair up forwards and defence, and midfielders and midfielders. Have one player on each team who can check anyone. Stress importance of knowing where your check is and to get goalside and defend against check when ball is lost. 

Technical Team Activities: Choose a few of the below drills.
Ensure you spend time demonstrating proper defending stance and positioning. Encourage good defending skills and correct when needed. 
1 vs 1 defending. Players 15 apart. Defender passes ball to attacker who tries to beat defender and dribble to end line.
Progress to 2 vs 1 where defender is trying to prevent two attackers from getting to endline or to get a shot on net. 

6 vs 2 defending game. Check out video on how to do this activity. 

Gauntlet drill
Kids love this drill. Have defenders move up in grid after each player goes through the gauntlet. The objective is to see if a player can beat all the defenders and shoot on goalie. Defenders are trying to stop attacker in each grid. Check it out.

Numbers Game:  20 x 30 meter grid
Set up a small grid with goals at both ends.  Separate players into 2 teams lined up at each end beside their goal.  Number players 1,2,3,4,5 etc. Call out a number. Coach rolls out ball at center line and numbered player on each team must try to win ball and then either defend their goal or attack the other goal. Progress to calling out more than one number and encourage players on same team to work together to score. . Add a goalkeeper

Station 4- Scrimmage   Focus on defending  skills  
Have fun. 

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