Monday, June 1, 2015

U4/5 Practice #6 June 3/15

Hi coaches, last week was AWESOME!  Everybody was early and most of you even started before the horn I think!  Thanks for your dedication :)

Heads up for next week... it is Crazy Hair Day and we will be doing stations again.


Defending Coaching Points - feet about shoulder width apart, with legs slightly bent
                                               - stay on your toes so that you can react to changes of direction by the attacker
                                               - this looks like ready position (last week), however legs are staggered more like a boxer's stance

Attacking Coaching Points - keep the ball close to you
                                               - attack with speed

1. Warm Up - Blob Tag
You may want to start game without any balls and then transition into having the non-blobs dribbling in the grid. You can break the blob whenever you feel necessary.

2. Coach Says....
Try some of the movements included in this video to improve agility and coordination.  Make sure that you include defending stance.
You could then work some activity in with the soccer ball too.

3. Soccer Bees
Pay attention to the boundaries of the grid when you do this activity.  When it comes time to play the game, reference the boundary back to this.

4. Sleeping Bear
This is similar to what time is it Mr. Wolf (however kids seem to like sleeping bears better than wolves).

5. Shark Attack
Play in a 20 x 20 grid.  Mark each corner with different colored cones (look in the cart for more colours, could also use pinnies if there are not enough cones).  Players are the "fish" and are dribbling in the grid, while coaches or parents are the sharks who are trying to win ball the from them.  Players perform toe touches or storks if the shark attack is successful. To give players an opportunity to work on their offensive skills, when coach yells a specific colour,  players must dribble to that coloured corner whilst trying to get past the sharks.

6. 1 v 1 attack
Set up two goals on opposite sides of your grid (one can be with your net, use pylons for the second goal).  Split your team in half, and have each team on opposite side lines.  Call out a name of a player from each team.  You roll a ball out that they must go out and challenge for when their name is called.  Each team has a goal that they are to try to score in after they have won the ball when they are called.  

Games at 4:35.  I am making this a little shorter to accommodate that last activity in the practice section.  I heard lots of cheering last week, it seems that some of these little guys and gals are "getting it" and we are starting to see some goals being scored, NICE!!

Cheer and snack.

And I think I forgot to say it last week, but I didn't really need to because it looks like it is just happening.... everyone have fun :)

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