Sunday, April 26, 2015

U10 practice #1 (week 1)

Hello coaches.  Welcome to the 2015 season!  This year to keep it simple I am just going to number the practices and you do the practice number that you are on.  If you find you need more time on a skill, do one drill from the previous week too as a review.  It could be part of your warm up even or just add the drill at the start of the technical/skills session and tell the kids you are reviewing from the previous practice.  PRACTICE #1 is in this post, practice #2 will be posted on Wednesday.
**Pick 2-3 drills for the technical session - I always provide lots so you can pick what you like....or use your own great dribbling drills.

Find a space on the field.  Introduce yourselves and get to know players names (they may not know everyone on the team either).  Review code of conduct and expectations:  (equipment, jewelry, fair play, being on time etc...)
Hand out uniforms (if you have them).

Theme/Focus:  Dribbling

Dribbling cues
(with defender):
-ball close, lots of touches, use all parts of foot
-keep body/hip between you and defender ensure you can see ball 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: (10 minutes total)
Dribble Grid/Square Dance 
(use stop, go, turn, fake, storks/toe taps, tic-tocs 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.
soccer tag
Each player has a ball, if tagged, they freeze with foot on the ball and legs apart.  A player unfreezes them by passing the ball between the frozen persons legs (demo this).  You are dribbling around until you get tagged or have them kiss soccer balls.

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)

Technical Session (25 min), Activity: Dribbling

Dribbling Agility
If you feel your players could use more time working on dribbling under close control using all parts of feet and no pressure spend some time doing this drill, you could build in some agility too.  Remember to keep the lines short and moving.

Turn and Burn

Focus – Ball Literacy
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".  (Remember you are teaching dribbling and turning).  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 Attack - dribbling with a trailing defender

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.

1v1 Attack- beating a defender

GAME (at least 10 minutes)
small sided scrimmage, two teams, two goals, play the beautiful game.  

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