Tuesday, May 26, 2015

COACH SOCIAL!!!

Hello Coaches!

You are all invited to the Village Idiot this Thursday, May 28th at 8:30 pm.  A little mid-season chance to catch up, talk soccer and relax a little.

Hope to see you all there :)


Sunday, May 24, 2015

U4/5 Practice #5 May 27/15

Hello coaches!  Thanks to those coaches who helped out at Super Soccer Saturday, a good time had by all :)
We really appreciate your extra time spent to help on this day.

A gentle reminder to watch the time that you allot for each activity so that you can get to all of them.  The warm up should take less than 5 minutes, then spend 5-7 minutes on each of the other activities.

If your photos were not done last week, they will happen this week. 


FOCUS SKILL - Goal Tending
You know after all that telling the kids not to use their hands, now we are going to use them!!!  Preface it that one person on the pitch can use their hands... the goal keeper!

We always pair goal keeping with shooting so this will continue to be part of our theme as well, and we will replay some of last weeks games but with a little twist.


1. Warm up 
Play a game of donkey tails.  Half of the players have pinnies as "tails" tucked into their shorts, the other half try and get as many pinnies as possible or some variation of this.


2. Ready Position
You may want to have them play a Simon Says game where you introduce this skill.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzDq4HlsZMY


3. Bowling Technique / Scooping and Holding the Ball
Working with their parent, have players bowl ball to each other working on proper bowling, scooping and hugging the ball technique.  Maybe have them move to passing it back to player on their knees who then attempts to dive on the ball.  (If kids are granny bowling it that is totally fine and age appropriate).

Bowling technique (non granny style)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xir3iUxCFfE

Scooping and locking the box  (stress this part)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9w-WW5AkU5Q
-I like how the coach says to make a cage around the ball, maybe go back to "the soccer ball is your pet" analogy somehow here?

(Some of this may be above them, but they will get the idea and the videos are excellent so that you can demo the skills well!)


4. Soccer Bowling
Set up a ball on top of a disc cone, one for each pair.  Players are taking turns back and forth, trying to knock the ball of the cone as before, however this time they are bowling with hands not feet.  Appoint a parent or two to help place the balls back on top of the cone when it is knocked off.


5. Swamps and Crocs
I saw some teams playing this last week (and the kids played it on Saturday too, so I know that they are getting the hang of this now), but this time players are throwing the ball over the swamp to their parent, and the parent rolls it back.  At the end, player takes a shot on goal.  Have players take turns in goal to practice as well.  (See last weeks post for the specifics if you didn't get around to playing this)


6. Four Goal Shooting.
I made a mistake in last weeks post, it should have read "make four goals, ONE on each side of your grid".  Remember that you only get one pop up net, but you can use arches for extra goals, or create goals with tall cones.  This week, have players go in goal, and parents and kids not in goal try to score on them.   Switch up goalies so that everyone gets to shoot and everyone (who wants to) gets to go in goal. (Also see last week's post for more details)


Games, cheers & snacks!
(I have noticed that some of the games are starting to take the shape of "real" soccer out there, nice work coaches!)

U6 Practice #5 May 27/15


Practice #5


Hey coaches - you have all been doing a fantastic job coaching!  I'm really impressed with all your enthusiasm and getting the kids going and having a great time while learning some skills!

A big thank you to those coaches who helped out at Super Soccer Saturday, you made it a great time!


SKILL FOCUS - Goal Tending




Scooping and "Locking the Box"  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9w-WW5AkU5Q



Punting Technique - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MX34YKM5VM


1. Warm Up:  Soccer Tag
Players are dribbling around in your grid.  Player who is it holds their ball and runs with it, tagging players with the ball.  Once tagged, player is frozen with ball under their foot.  To be freed, another player must dribble up and pass their ball to hit the frozen players ball, or dribble up and tap their ball to the frozen player's ball.


2. Warm Up:  Part 2
Players in grid with a ball each. Have each player do a series of activities with ball such as bounce ball then catch, throw ball into air and catch, roll ball through another's legs and retrieve, kick ball into air and catch.
Introduce goaltending skills such as ones shown above. Players practice in partners. You may want to focus on only a couple such as ready position, locking the box and catching grips. Use your imagination to make it fun and effective.


3. Arches Game
A fun game where players get the idea of rolling and throwing the ball and picking it up (work on scooping up technique ensuring the legs aren't too far apart that ball can go through them).
In your grid, create 5-8 mini goals with arches or cones.  Players work in partners to see how many arches they can roll through and catch within a certain period of time. They must go to a different arch after each throw.  Players may not run with the ball.


4. Musical Balls / Coach says
Spread soccer balls around in your grid.  Coach calls out commands (running around grid, shuffle, etc...)  When coach says "Ready position!" all players show appropriate ready position.  When coach says "Ball!", all players jump/dive on a ball, last person on a ball gives their ball to coach or just play with all balls....or anyone who doesn't get a ball does 5 jumping jacks, toe taps, catches etc...  Throw in whatever fun commands you like.


5. Four Goal Shooting
Similar to last week (see that post for details if you didn't get to it), except have players go in goal, and parents and kids not in goal try to score.  Switch up goalies so everyone gets to shoot and everyone (who wants to) gets to go in goal.


6. Chain Soccer
Separate players/parents into 2 teams. Number players 1,2,3,4,5 etc. Call out a number. That numbered player/parent combo from each team enters into the field to challenge for the ball. Players try to score on opposing side while defending their own side. Parents and players not called can act as goalies on their side.


Games, cheers, snacks!

U8 practice #6 Defending



Theme this week:  Defending

Defending coaching points
Defender's stance:
Defender's feet should be about a shoulder width apart (boxers stance)
- legs should be slightly bent
- stay on toes so you can react to any sudden changes of direction by the attacker.
-quick close down
-delay/give space - don't commit- jockey
-watch ball not player
-make the attacker make the mistake
Defender positioning:
- defender is goalside (closer to net than attacker)
- direct attacker into area where there is support

How to Block Tackle:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUtauRD5ipo

Warm Up -
Knees game - 15 x 15 meter grid. Players assume defender's stance in grid and move within grid trying to touch the knees of others. You can protect your knees by moving out of way and by blocking with your own hands. This game gives players practice moving like a defender. They should be shuffling not running.
Keep Away - 20 X 30 m grid. All players except for two are dribbling within a grid. Those without balls try to win ball from other players and then continue to dribble with grid. When coach stops play the two players without balls must do a challenge.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RWJ6u8X4dY

Game
Two teams. Regular rules. Focus on good defending skills.

Technical Team Activities: Choose a few of the below drills.
Start by practicing the block tackle, as in video above, so they are not afraid to tackle.
Ensure you spend time demonstrating proper defending stance and positioning. Encourage good defending skills and correct when needed.
1 vs 1 defending. Players 15 apart. Defender passes ball to attacker who tries to beat defender and dribble to end line.
Progress to 2 vs 1 where defender is trying to prevent two attackers from getting to endline or to get a shot on net.

Shark...because they love it.  Could play knock out version with two grids, continuous, with one person as the shark, they need to know everyone's ball out of grid, when knocked out, they go into second grid, coach designates a shark for that grid.  Switch sharks when clearly tired.

Move to 2v2, as in Fundamentals course package (two goals, coach pass in, two players coming in from each end).  Coach first and second defender....first defender pressures and plays ball, second defender supports.  Work on close downs with appropriate distance so not easily beat.

Win ball Drill:  two lines facing coach, who plays 50/50 ball, try and win the ball and pass to target (goal or person), work on defending and second effort if beaten.


1v1 to numbers game:
Have two small goals on either end of a mini field.  Balls at centre on side of grid with coach, line up of players on either side of coach (two teams, one in pinnies), play a ball into middle of field, 1v1 until dead or score.  Can increase number of players going for ball to create different situations, 2v2, 3v3 etc...or numbers game:  Number players 1,2,3,4,5 etc. Call out a number. Coach rolls out ball at center line and numbered player on each team must try to win ball and then either defend their goal or attack the other goal. Progress to calling out more than one number and encourage players on same team to work together to score. . Add a goalkeeper

Game:  Two teams, one ball, play the game!



U10 practice #6: Defending


Theme this week:  Defending
Defending coaching points
Defender's stance:
Defender's feet should be about a shoulder width apart, boxers stance
- legs should be slightly bent
- stay on toes so you can react to any sudden changes of direction by the attacker.
-quick close down
-delay/give space - don't commit- jockey
-watch ball not player
-make the attacker make the mistake
Defender positioning:
- defender is goalside (closer to net than attacker)
- direct attacker into area where there is support

How to block tackle:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUtauRD5ipo

Warm up:

Agility and Dynamic warm up (dynamic stretching).
Ball warm up:
Keep Away - 20 X 30 m grid. All players except for two are dribbling within a grid. Those without balls try to win ball from other players and then continue to dribble with grid. When coach stops play the two players without balls must do a challenge.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RWJ6u8X4dY


Game
Two teams. Regular rules except man on man marking only. Pair up forwards and defence, and midfielders and midfielders. Have one player on each team who can check anyone. Stress importance of knowing where your check is and to get goalside and defend against check when ball is lost.

Technical Team Activities: Choose a few of the below drills.
Ensure you spend time demonstrating proper defending stance and positioning. Encourage good defending skills and correct when needed. 
1 vs 1 defending. Play kings court style.  Players 15 apart. Defender passes ball to attacker who tries to beat defender and dribble to end line and stop it. 2 minute games.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=6-1No0rddBo  (as in video except multiple grids so no line ups.)

Progress to 2 vs 1 where defender is trying to prevent two attackers from getting to endline or to get a shot on net.


Shark...because they love it.  Could play knock out version with two grids, continuous, with one person as the shark, they need to know everyone's ball out of grid, when knocked out, they go into second grid, coach designates a shark for that grid.  Switch sharks when clearly tired.  


6 vs 2 defending game. Check out video on how to do this activity. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sX7_x-az1b4

Win ball Drill:  Two lines facing coach, coach passes a 50/50 ball, players need to try and win ball and either score on a small net or pass to a target (favoured, use a player) and work on defender's working to win the ball back and make strong second effort.

Gauntlet drill:
Have defenders move up in grid after each player goes through the gauntlet. The objective is to see if a player can beat all the defenders and shoot on goalie. Defenders are trying to stop attacker in each grid. Check it out. http://3v3soccer.blogspot.ca/2009/05/gauntlet-drill.html

1v1 to numbers game:
Have two small goals on either end of a mini field.  Balls at centre on side of grid with coach, line up of players on either side of coach (two teams, one in pinnies), play a ball into middle of field, 1v1 until dead or score.  Can increase number of players going for ball to create different situations, 2v2, 3v3 etc...or numbers game:  Number players 1,2,3,4,5 etc. Call out a number. Coach rolls out ball at center line and numbered player on each team must try to win ball and then either defend their goal or attack the other goal. Progress to calling out more than one number and encourage players on same team to work together to score. . Add a goalkeeper

Game:  Two teams, one ball, play the game!





U13 practice #6 Defending

Theme for this week:  Defending  


Defending coaching points
Defender's stance:
Defender's feet should be about a shoulder width apart (boxer stance)
- legs should be slightly bent
- stay on toes so you can react to any sudden changes of direction by the attacker.
- quick close down
- delay/give space - don't commit- jockey
- watch ball not player
- make the attacker make the mistake
Defender positioning:
- defender is goalside (closer to net than attacker)
- direct attacker into area where there is support


Warm up:
Agility and Dynamic warm up (dynamic stretching).
Ball warm up:
Keep Away - 20 X 30 m grid. All players except for two are dribbling within a grid. Those without balls try to win ball from other players and then continue to dribble with grid. When coach stops play the two players without balls must do a challenge.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=rb-J-tE7SyY

Game:  Regular rules except man on man marking only. Pair up forwards and defence, and midfielders and midfielders. Have one player on each team who can check anyone. Stress importance of knowing where your check is and to get goalside and defend against check when ball is lost. Try having offensive team play 4 touch (4 touches to play the ball/pass)

Technical Session on Defending:
1v1 defending:  demo coaching points
Play kings court style 1v1, create enough small grids for each pair to have a grid to play in, play 2 minute games of 1 v 1.  To score, you must stop the ball dead on defenders end line.  To start play, defender serves (crisp pass to offensive player and then closes down right away).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=6-1No0rddBo  (as in video except multiple grids so no line ups.)

Gauntlet drill:

Have defenders move up in grid after each player goes through the gauntlet. The objective is to see if a player can beat all the defenders and shoot on goalie. Defenders are trying to stop attacker in each grid. Check it out. http://3v3soccer.blogspot.ca/2009/05/gauntlet-drill.html


move to 2v2 defending
coach one player to play/pressure the ball and the other to cover and support.


1v1 to numbers game:
Have two small goals on either end of a mini field.  Balls at centre on side of grid with coach, line up of players on either side of coach (two teams, one in pinnies), play a ball into middle of field, 1v1 until dead or score.  Can increase number of players going for ball to create different situations, 2v2, 3v3 etc...or numbers game:  Number players 1,2,3,4,5 etc. Call out a number. Coach rolls out ball at center line and numbered player on each team must try to win ball and then either defend their goal or attack the other goal. Progress to calling out more than one number and encourage players on same team to work together to score. . Add a goalkeeper


Game:  two teams, one ball, play the beautiful game!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Don't forget pictures for some teams this week!

Check the schedule posted earlier so you know when your teams photos are.  Many teams have pictures this week!!