Monday, June 16, 2014

Coach's Social

All coaches are welcome to have a few drinks, rub shoulders with each other and share stories of their season this Thursday at 8 pm at the Village Idiot.
That is right, coach's social Thursday, June 19th at 8 pm at Village Idiot.

Important Information

Hello coaches,
Thanks again for all the time you have put in this season with your players.  Each year we see great progress being made in player's individual and teamwork skills as well as a love for the game of soccer.  

Kendra and Rory will be doing player evaluations this week, so we will not necessarily be available at practices to help you out.  Do ask questions of us if you have them, we will be around.  To help us with player evaluations please USE the practice plans provided this week and make sure you also include both Games at beginning and end of practice.
For mixed games and 11 aside games please arrange amongst yourselves responsibilities (who is coaching, reffing, and keeping track of time). 

Another reminder of Wind Up games this Saturday. Please communicate to players. To see schedule go to www.revsoccer.com.

We also want to hear feedback from you on the season.  We will send out a short survey later this week or early next week but if there are things happening that you would like to see change provide some constructive feedback on a feedback form on the RYSA website.  New ideas are always welcome!

We will also have our coaches appreciation night. Date and time to follow.
Thanks again for all your time and effort,
Kendra and Rory

U4/5 Soccer week 8: June 18th

Hi coaches!  This is the last week of soccer!  Please note that Saturday is the wind up.  Please remind parents and players that the schedule is on the RYSA website https://sites.google.com/site/revelstokesoccer/
U4/5's play 3 games from 9-9:55 then have awards after this and snack.  All should be said and done by around 10:30.

Coaches if you can not be at the wind up please ensure YOU have found someone to cover your coaching duties for that morning.  Thank you!

Pick a few of these for practice today, or any of your other favourite drills!
Thank you again for giving up your time to these kids and the beautiful game we hope the experience has been positive!

Warm up:
Grid, everyone has a ball except person who is it.
Soccer tag.  All kids dribble around grid.  If person who is it tags you, you freeze and put foot on the ball (legs apart) to become unfrozen someone has to kick a ball through your legs or dribble up and kiss their ball to yours.

Kick the Coach
In your grid the kids try to kick their ball and kick the coach, if they get you they can tell you what animal you will act out until next kid hits them with ball.  :) Have fun!  Can adjust to kick the parent too!

Volcanos
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JI9eHcBAYK4&index=4&list=PLB5C7BF9FF7945A12
have many cones, pinnies etc...laid out in your grid they need to get to the other side without having a volcano erupt on them (or make the cones whatever you like).....put a goal at the other end and have them shoot when they get through the volcano field.
From here move to topsy turvy.  Have half the cones standing normally and the other half knocked down or upside down.  Split group, half are topsy (they have to stand the cones up), half are turvy (they have to knock them down or put them upside down) all while dribbling a soccer ball around the grid.

Sharks.  Play a game of sharks, british bull dog style....where all kids/fishies with balls have to swim to the other side of the grid to the safety of the reef so the shark won't eat them.  If shark get their ball they become a shark.

Nuts and Squirrels or Rock soccer.  Balls in the middle, teams, one at a time they go into middle to get ball and bring back to house (coned area).  After all balls are gone, they can go and steal from others.

Clean your room.
Divide grid in half, divide kids in half....keep your room clean by kicking balls (laundry, toys, garbage etc...) to other side of grid.

1v1 plus attack
Either play numbers game or call names of two or more people who go and battle it out and try to score on goal.  Ensure kids know which goal they are trying to score on.

Games, Cheers, Snacks!!!!





U6 Week 8 - June 18

Last week of soccer!  Please remind players and parents that Saturday is the wind up.  U6 runs from 10-11am with awards and snack to follow.  https://sites.google.com/site/revelstokesoccer/  for schedule.

Coaches, if you can not be at the wind up on Saturday please find someone who will look after and coach your team.

Last practice!  Have fun!  Here are some drills but please pick your (and the kids) favourites from the season and execute!! :)  Thank you again for giving up your time to these kids and the beautiful game we hope the experience has been positive!


Warm up:  pick your favourite tag game.
E.g.  Soccer tag.
Grid.
All have balls, dribbling around (except person who is it can carry their ball and us it to tag (not throw) but tag other players)....if tagged, freeze with foot on ball and legs apart, to be freed, another player must come and pass their ball through legs or dribble up and have their ball kiss the other players ball.

Kick the coach
Grid
All kids have a ball and they are trying to hit the coach (or parent) if they hit the coach with a ball (kicked) then that player gets to tell the coach what animal they must act out until they are next hit.


Sharks/Fun Island 
(where if they have their ball taken away by you they become a shark with you) play it British Bull dog style where all the fish have to get to the reef on the other side without the shark getting their ball...if you the shark gets their ball then they become a shark with you.  Fish swim when the sharks call out SHARK!!
(Byte Sized Coaching Binder:  Square Dance with Sharks)
Soccer Island/Fun House
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fsof4AMWQRo&feature=plcp&context=C37ad33bUDOEgsToPDskJeYPYEAYx5iBYFKOJQf1mB
In a larger grid (Island) (use your shark grid) 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.

Coach count down:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XPao2qaxOY

1v1 attack OR numbers game

wo goals, have half team on each side line, when you call their names they go and challenge a ball that you roll in, each team having a goal they need to score on
You can turn this into more than one on one or run it like the numbers game if you like

Set up a small grid, depending on number of players. 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!!



U -8 Week 8


Last week of soccer!  Please remind players and parents that Saturday is the wind up.  U8 girls  runs from 9-10:10 at BVE while the boys play 9:15 to 10:25 am with awards and snack to follow.  Check out https://sites.google.com/site/revelstokesoccer/  for schedule.

Coaches, if you can not be at the wind up on Saturday please find someone who will look after and coach your team.

Last practice!  Have fun!  Here is the plan. This week you will be putting all the skills together. For each specific skill activity remind the players of the proper technique. It has been wonderful seeing all the progress they have made this year.  

Warm up - Foxes & Farmers or Donkey tails (5-10 minutes) Great way to get players warmed up.
add chickens to get some dribbling and sheilding

Game - 5-10 minutes. Coaches join in and play. 

Wacky Driving Drill - dribbling. Check out video for building dribbling skills. Kids will like it!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SreaiiTlFSM

Passing - Circle Drill
-watch the whole video as the drill changes slightly and Tony Waiters is a fantastic coach

Numbers game - You can't go wrong with this attacking and defending game.

U -10 Week 8


Last week of soccer!  Please remind players and parents that Saturday is the wind up.  U10 girls play from 11 to 12:25 on Bronco field while the boys play 10:30 to 11:55 am with awards and snack to follow.  Check out https://sites.google.com/site/revelstokesoccer/  for schedule.

Coaches, if you can not be at the wind up on Saturday please find someone who will look after and coach your team.

Last practice!  Have fun!  Here is the plan. 

Girls: Mixed Games on Thursday.
Warm Up: 10 minutes
Agility - do your favourite ladder and hurdle activities.
Have a quick game of shark.
Games:
Have each team give up 2 to 3 players to make 4 teams. Play 7 v 7 or 8 v 8.
Use large nets and full field. 
Each game 15 minutes long. Each team plays other teams once (3 games for each team)

Practice plan for boys and purple girls team. This week you will be putting all the skills together. For each specific skill activity remind the players of the proper technique. It has been wonderful seeing all the progress they have made this year.  

Warm up- 
Agility: Do your favourite ladder and hurdle drills, try to incorporate a pass or a shot within the agility. Try this fun version of Pac Man
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Phj3s4HJu1Y&list=PL2B7EA446FFA89CA8

Game: Have coach(es) join players in a short game.

Dribbling - gates game, use gates or cones for this drill
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0Hal8w5Odw

Passing -  Passing & Support – Square to Sqaure  
Organization: Divide players into groups of four, Set-up area 20x10m
· 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.
Description:
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.


Attacking and defending.  Can't go wrong with the numbers game. 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SX9v233bmU

Shooting - 5 shot drill - hitting a moving ball (don't worry about hitting pinnies)
If you have two coaches you could have each coach look after half the team on a net so more players are practicing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2q2zd2P8-CA


Game - inter-squad scrimmage 15 minutes

U -13 Week 8


Last week of soccer!  Please remind players and parents that Saturday is the wind up.  U13 boys and girls play from 9:30 to 11:10 on Grandstand fieldwith awards and snack to follow.  Check out https://sites.google.com/site/revelstokesoccer/  for schedule.

Coaches, if you can not be at the wind up on Saturday please find someone who will look after and coach your team.

Last practice!  Have fun!  Here is the plan. 

11 vs 11 games this week! Great seeing the players enjoying playing 11 aside soccer two weeks ago. They will have an opportunity to show off their full field skills again. 
Coaches separate players into two equal teams. I find having players stand beside someone of similar ability works well to separate into teams. The main goal of playing 11 aside is having players learning shape (their positions). Don't be afraid to remind them of where they should be and even stop the game to have them adjust their positioning.

Boys green team and Girls orange team practice.
If you have not done attacking session please see last week's blog and focus on attacking skills.
If you are all caught up this week will be a summary of soccer skills during the season. For each specific skill activity remind the players of the proper technique. It has been wonderful seeing all the progress they have made this year.  Choose one activity from each skill. 

Warm up- 
Agility: Do your favourite ladder and hurdle drills, try to incorporate a pass or a shot within the agility. Try this fun version of Pac Man
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Phj3s4HJu1Y&list=PL2B7EA446FFA89CA8

Game: Have coach(es) join players in a short game of soccer usual rules.
Or, if you could have a short game of World Cup. Appropriate for this time of year. If you do not remember the game ask the players. 

Dribbling - gates game, use gates or cones for this drill
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0Hal8w5Odw

Passing -  Passing & Support – Square to Sqaure  
Organization: Divide players into groups of four, Set-up area 20x10m
· 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.
Description:
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.

Attacking and defending.  Can't go wrong with the numbers game. 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SX9v233bmU
Another option is the Gauntlet
Kids love this 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

Shooting - 5 shot drill - hitting a moving ball (don't worry about hitting pinnies)
If you have two coaches you could have each coach look after half the team on a net so more players are practicing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2q2zd2P8-CA
Another option is Four corners shooting drill

A good activity to work on accurate passing and shooting.
Keep players moving. You will want to introduce a second ball as last player is taking a shot.

Game - inter-squad scrimmage 15 minutes. :)