Wednesday, April 29, 2015

U13 practice #2 (week 1)

Great start to the season coaches.  Kendra will be coming by your practices on Thursday.

Just a reminder with the GAG coaching philosophy, try and manipulate the first game you play and leave the game at the end to just play soccer.  It's okay to stop and reinforce the skill in the final game but try keep it as the game itself and see how players apply what you have worked on.

Focus skill for Thursday:  Passing

Coaching points:

-planting/non kicking foot next to ball, pointing at target
-strike ball with side of foot
-firm ankle
-follow through to target
-loose hips
(ensure you talk about weight of the pass and appropriate passing distance)

warm up
two parts:
Pairs passing in grid, pass and then do dynamic stretches for 3 or 4 count and then receive the ball back (dribbling around while waiting for partner) while other partner does dynamic stretches for 3 or 4 count.  Also work on calling.  Move to passing and then cutting around a cone on the outside of grid and then receiving pass from partner.  Work on change of pace and nice firm passes around grid.  (Work on both feet!!)
then agility
drill #1 is a quick feet with cones drill
drill #2 incorporates ladders and balls (passing and dribbling...definitely focus on two touch passing)

Game:  Endzone Soccer
Instead of goals create end zones and players must pass to a player who receives the ball to feet in the end zone to score.

technical session:  passing (DEMO the skill and the drill!)

Passing through gates drill
work on two touch technique to start progress to one touch.
grid, with arches/gates (small with cones).  Have players in pairs work around to the different mini gates an do a set number of passes at each gate.
proceed to:

Figure 8 continuous passing drill
Groups of 3.
Outside people each have a ball.  Middle person is running figure 8 around outside people and as they come into the middle they call to receive pass from player they are facing (two touch, move to one touch back to that player, then run around them (or cone incase it's a bad pass) and do same on other side.  Switch after 10 passes.

Simple passing drills with movement
follow your pass drill

Kids like it!  Enforce that all passes are on the ground.

A few other fun drills: (pass and turn) (two ball passing drill)

Passing & Support – Square to Sqaure
You may want to try this one.

· Set-up area 20x10m
· Divide players into groups of four.
· One group in possession against one opponent in one 10x10m square.
· One square vacant to begin with.
Coaching Points:
· Accurate passes with good ball speed.
· Open your body to the play when receiving a pass.
· Support in triangles – wide and deep.
· Don’t support too close to the ball. Remember: distance = time.
1. Two groups compete against one another as follows: Four red players v 1 white player in a one square, with three white players resting outside the square at the halfway line. The coach serves the ball to the red team and they must make at least three passes after which they can pass the ball into the next square for one of the group to run onto. If successful all four red players move into the next square and, again try to get at least three passes and play back into the original square. If the red team is successful the defending white player steps out and a new defender enters the next square attempting to win the ball. If the red team should pass the ball out of bounds, or the defender wins the ball, the coach serves the next ball into the other square to the white players and one of the reds becomes a defender, while the other rest outside the area. Every successful movement from one square to the next = 1 point. First team to 10 points is the winner.
Progression: As above but 3v1 in one square, with fourth player in other square. Switch squares with a pass to the fourth player.

GAME!!!  (15's okay if you go over time....)

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