Monday, April 27, 2015

U6 Practice #1 April 29/15

Welcome Coaches!  I hope that you are all excited about today as I am!

Find your team's number on the field and get set up.  You will need to mark out a square grid for the drill games to be played in.  Make sure that you have 2 pop-up nets in your area.

When your players arrive, don't forget to:
Introduce yourself and get to know your 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!!  If you are having fun, so are your players :)

Focus Skill - DRIBBLING
Skill Points - lots of little touches on the ball
                   - keep the ball close to you
                   - try to look up

1. WARM UP - Freeze Tag
Start without soccer balls.  When you get tagged, freeze until someone comes and unfreezes you.   (Have them show you how to freeze with legs apart and arms up and out as most should know this by now I think )  Then move to playing with soccer balls and have players dribbling around until they get tagged.  To be unfrozen now, someone must pass the ball between your legs.  (Demo this)

2. Square Dance
Players are dribbling with a soccer ball in the grid while coach calls out commands.
"Stop" = by putting foot on the ball and freeze like a statue
"Go" = move fast, any direction
"Turn" = change direction
Get players using all parts of their feet including the sole to roll it back and forth.  Once it is going, you can add more.  Introduce:
 "Storks" = toe-taps on the ball with alternating feet
"Tick Tocks" = rolling the ball between your feet using the inside of the foot
"Change" = players leave their ball and resume dribbling with a different one
You could also add in any goofy thing to keep it fun.  It doesn't necessarily have to be soccer-oriented, and the sillier the better!
Reinforce that when dribbling with defenders keep the ball close with lots of touches
(This can be found in your coaching binder with Byte Sized drills)

3. Shark
Played inside your grid.  Players are the "fish" and line up on one end of the grid with soccer balls.  Coach is the "shark" and is in the centre of the grid.  When coach calls out "Shark!", players try to get to the other side without getting tagged by the shark.  If the shark tags you, you become a shark too.  This seems to be a favourite game with any age of player.
(This game is similar to British Bulldog, and can be found in your coach binder with Byte Sized Drills as Square Dance with Sharks)

4. Optional Quick Scrimmage
A good time to review the game and basic rules before playing "the game" at the end.  Play with just your own team.  Review rules as things occur: when the ball 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.

5. 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.

6. 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, players may 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.

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

Snack!  If you haven't had a chance to talk to your parents yet, now is a good time to do so :)

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