Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The Importance and Responsibility of Being a Coach

The following is a link to an article from the NSCAA "Off the Pitch" publication. I thought heading into a new season, that this article was particularly germane and provided a good reflection as to our responsibilities in the role of youth sport coach.

http://www.soccernation.com/the-role-of-being-a-youth-soccer-coach-with-michael-duggan-marc-gomez-and-ron-pulvers-cms-2714

Monday, May 28, 2012

Switching Flanks & Quick Attacks

The following activity works on possession, changing fields, and quick attacks.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Finishing Activity

The following activity will work with some improvisation as well. For those who don't have mannequins (which is all of us I would venture to guess), use a pole or cone as the mark. share a goal and use the back of the goal, or use two poles for a goal.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Double Dribble Warm-Up

The following activity is appropriate for all ages.


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The Double Dribble Warm Up (all ages)
Exercise Objectives:This is a great alternative to warm up your players using a ball. A variety of dribbling maneuvers, feints and change of direction is involved in this warm up. Jogging and dynamic stretching can easily be incorporated with a little imagination.






Field Preparation: Entire team Area 30 yards x 50 Yards Cones Supply of Balls ( a ball is placed at every cone.)
Coaching Pointers:Players are divided into pairs. Pairs in turn, perform the following exercises; ( it is vital to leave the ball "dead" at the cone for the next pair).< strong> 2 players run to first cones, collect a ball each, dribble ball to opposite cone, repeat at the next cone as they work their way down the series of cones. Players sprint back outside of cones. 2 players run to first cones, collect a ball each, dribble directly to your partner, perform a scissors move, repeat at the next cone as they work their way down the series of cones. Players sprint back outside of cones. 2 players run to first cones, collect a ball each, dribble directly to your partner, perform a "spin out" move or "Maradona spin" move, repeat at the next cone as they work their way down the series of cones. Players sprint back outside of cones. 2 players run to first cones, collect a ball each, perform a half turn, repeat at the next cone as they work their way down the series of cones. Players sprint back outside of cones.
2 players run to first cones, collect a ball each, dribble the ball around the opposite cone and back., repeat at the next cone as they work their way down the series of cones. Players sprint back outside of cones. 2 players run to first cones, collect a ball each, dribble ball around cone in a tight circle, repeat at the next cone as they work their way down the series of cones. Players sprint back outside of cones.

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Switching Flanks and Quick Attacks

The following activity works on switching the play and quick attacks.

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