Monday, May 18, 2015

U6 Practice #4 May 20/15

Awesome job on the stations last week coaches!  Everything ran perfectly thanks to you, and the kids had a super fun time.

This Saturday is Super Soccer Saturday!!!  Lots of games and fun with mixed teams in a world cup format.  RYSA does snacks and it's just all about having fun.  The U4/5's will be from 9-10am.  If you haven't done so already, please take a minute to send an email to your team. Pre-registration is required so that RYSA can plan accordingly. Registration closes Tues. May 19 at 5:00 pm.

Please note that photos are happening this week for all teams.

Focus Skill - SHOOTING
Skill points -non kicking/planting foot next to ball
                   -non kicking/planting foot pointing at target
                   -strike ball with laces, toe pointed down and ankle locked

1. WARM UP - Coach Says
Played like Simon Says.  Anything that gets those little guys moving goes. Use the whole body.  Incorporate dribbling, toe taps, tic tocs, rolling the ball under the foot, etc.

2. Obstacle Course... because they loved it last week!
Everything you need will be in the wagons at the centre of the field.  Pull out what you like and be creative!  It does not have to be super long or elaborate, go through it a few times with different progressions.  Incorporate a pass or a shot on goal if you like.

3. Hit The Coach
Play inside your grid.  Each player has a ball and is dribbling around and taking a shot at trying to hit you with their ball.  Do a quick demo of proper shooting technique, pointing out which part of your foot players should strike the ball with.  Make dramatic jumps and falls!

4. Four Goal Shooting
Make 4 goals, one on each side of the grid (use cones or grab a couple of arches which I will bring to the field).  Put parents/coaches in goals and then have the kids work on dribbling around and shooting on each goal.  Count how many times you score!  Encourage scoring on all goals.  Use this opportunity to work on some technique.

5. Moving Goal
Play in a slightly larger grid than you normally would.  Coaches will hold a pinnie between them as a crossbar (there will be larger adult-sized ones in the wagon for this, grab 2 for your team) and move as the goal around the grid. Alternate the pace at which you move from time-to-time.   Players try to score on the moving goal.  Play the activity with each player having a ball, in pairs or split them into 2 teams.  If playing as teams, then use one ball and the team in possession tries to score and the other team defends until they can get the ball.
Could have a couple of "moving goals" if you have willing parents.

Dribbling, passing, receiving and shooting are practiced in a realistic manner. All of the physical demands of soccer are met in the activity.  In the pairs and team version there may be changing the point of attack, combination play and communication.  In the team version of the activity, transition occurs.  In all versions of the activity, field vision is improved. This is a highly motivating activity.

6. Numbers Game - one net... focus on shooting
Set up a small grid with goal at one end.  Separate players into 2 teams lined up on each side of goal.  Place two cones just a bit further than shooting distance even with corners of goal, and place yourself between with a stash of balls.  Number players 1,2,3,4,5 etc. Call out a number. That numbered player on each team must race around the cones into the field where a ball is played. Players are trying to both defend and score on the same net. Encourage celebrations after a goal!
Progressions:  have 2 or 3 players coming out at a time, add a goalkeeper
(This can be found in Active Start Week 4)

Game time at 5:40 when the horn blows!
Remember that this age should be playing 3 v 3 on the field, and you can add a goalkeeper to this.  Swap players off often.  Play for about 8-9 minutes, then call a quick halftime for a water break and to give your team some encouragement and pointers about their play so far.  I have noticed that some players are not paying attention to the boundaries of the field, so before you start to play today make sure you have a quick review of what the field boundary is and why it is there.  Stop the play every time that the ball goes out today.  Play by official rules in that throw-ins, goal kicks and corner kicks apply when the ball goes out of the field.  You will have to teach players about these as they happen. Although we have not covered this officially, most of the these players have played the game before and use this opportunity to teach/remind them.

Cheer! Snacks!  
AND.....  don't forget to have fun :)

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