5:30 – 6:00 Check in, directed to teams
6:15 – 6:25 Large group welcome, intro theme & skill of the night
6:25 – 6:45 Warm ups in division, skill demonstration
6:45 – 6:55 Team time #1: review team name, learn new names, set goal for the night
6:55 – 7:20 Team Drill work
7:20 – 7:25 Team time #2: check in on team goal, prep for scrimmage
7:30 – 8:05 Scrimmages
8:05 – 8:10 Team time #3: check in, debrief scrimmage and team goal
8:10 – 8:25 Large group closing
8:25 – 8:30 Snack in teams, check out
Tonight's Skill: Dribbling
See also pages 9-12 of Soccer Curriculum Packet.
***NOTE TO COACHES: Feel free to modify this and/or do something totally different- as long as the kids are having fun and learning how to dribble the ball correctly that is all we care about***
Coaching Skills to focus on:
2) Keep the ball close to your feet: Only kick ball 3-5 yds each time, touch ball every 2nd/3rd step
3) Use inside of foot for control dribbles, and laces and outside of foot for speed dribbles
4) Head up - need to have awareness of what is around you, use peripheral vision to see ball
1) DRIBBLE IN LINES (SHUTTLES)
set up: place a cone 15-20 yards in front of each pair of players
-Players dribble down to the cone, around the cone, and back to their partner, then their partner goes. Make sure to remind players to keep ball close to them, and only hit the ball 3-5 yards each dribble. Touch ball every 2nd or 3rd step.
Progressions: a) use non-dominant foot, b) up with one foot, back with the other foot, c) do a ‘move’ at the cone (ie- cut ball back behind legs), d) put cones further away and do speed dribbling, e) make it a relay race!, f) hold up a number and have kids yell it out (head up!)
2) COLORS (or NUMBERS)
set up: give two coaches two different colored shirts, (if no shirts/pennies just use numbers and hold up fingers)
-Players dribble around in a designated area and when coach #1 holds up the ______ colored shirt, the players have to stop. Then they go again, when coach #2 holds up the _______ colored shirt, the players have to turn and go the other way.
Progressions: Make the shirts mean different things: they have to sit down, they have to switch to opposite foot only, they have to touch the ball with their forehead, they have to do 3 jumping jacks, they have to perform a move.
set up: make a designated area with lines on the field, or cones (circle or rectangle work)
-Select 2-4 players to be “crabs” who will walk around on 4 legs with their tummies in the air. The rest of the players each have a ball and dribble around in the designated area while the crabs walk around and kick away the balls form the players. When your ball gets kicked outside of the area, you are ‘out’ and have to wait until the next round.
Progressions: Have ‘crabs’ be upright and run around (this is called ‘sharks and minnows’), have everyone have a ball, and everyone is also a crab (this is called ‘knockout’), have coach hold up colored shirt and they have to ‘stop’ last person to stop is ‘out’, have the colored shirt stand for different moves.
*** Make up your own variations on any game- and as always HAVE FUN WITH IT!!***
Tonight's Value: Perspective (Instructions for Team Time)
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