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Discussion in 'Coach' started by stphnsn, Mar 11, 2019.
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I had my 1st session with the HS girls today. I had 12 at practice which is a great turn out.
It was a blast to work with the group. They are smart, a little sassy and had decent skills
I am currently coaching u12 girls. I am just curious how you all have your team warm up before games?
Assuming you play 9v9, the game before you is running long so you don't get the field until 20 minutes before your kickoff...:
Brief dynamic stretching session:
4v4 in area from the top of the box to the center circle, about as wide as the penalty area, usually through gates, with the starters.
starting keeper is warmed up by bench players, usually they're playing a ball in to assistant who lays it off for them, ideally one of the players is the layoff and they get through 3 rounds (4 shooters, 1 passer).
After the ref checkin keeper and starters get in position and we shadow play from the back through the lines while asst. and I walk around providing minimal pressure - mostly just jumping on zardes touches and sending it back to the keeper to start again.
Caveats: I coach low level community travel, the need to get them up to game intensity before the 20 minute mark of the 1st half is why I've found 4v4 or 5v5 for warmup works for me. Also a lot of them need a few touches/passes to shake off the nerves/rust, better to get it out pre-game than in the first 20 minutes of the first half.
Rondo while people gather. When everyone gets there we do a quick movement type thing. Then a 6v6-ish, one team attacks big goal other team attacks tries to play back to me at center circle. I then give myself about 5 minutes to talk lineup and game objectives. Last 5 is for them to get mentally prepared for the game.
Now this all depends. If there is no real space to warm-up then we may be limited to doing some movement-thing in lines or we stick to rondos/double rondos.
In tournaments where we have multiple matches in a weekend, after the first game I don’t make them do a full warmup. I’ve won a couple, didn’t advance in a bunch but overall I hate tournaments.
My plan for my 12Us this season: 11+ Kids, dribbling in small space, rondos, shots on GK.
Our first game is tomorrow. We'll see what adjustments I need to make after that.
Don't take this as criticism, just knowledge sharing
During my D (the old version), the GK section—the GK coach talked about warm-ups from the GKs perspective. He didn't like the traditional 3 lines shooting at the GK or pass to the coach for a layoff then shot on goal.
His rationale was that it wasn't a good warm-up for the GK. In his view, the warm-up should build up the GKs confidence. Getting forty hard shots (usually with no defender) in a row at you a) did not build confidence b) unrealistic to what they would face in a game and c) just brutal physically on a GKer. To the last point, GKs are people too (maybe, psycho-animals IMO) and they don't want to take that kind of pounding before a match.
He recommended a warm-up with getting their footwork moving with a variety of catchable balls. Challenging shots for the keeper to save should happen in training. If a trained assistant isn't available, teach a back up GK how to do a keeper-friendly warmup.
Game 1 was a decent outing on the score board and came away with a win. The competition wasn't great. My U10s are a decent group just needs to be sharper with technical details (like receiving with their back foot), fine-tuning their positioning, learning body shape.
Ran across this gem on the twitter today. It's a paraphrase, so bear with me:
At many youth clubs they find the athlete and try to make him into a footballer. At Barca, they find the footballer and try to make him a better athlete.
Tonight I decided to coach a kindergarten boys team.
My wife's response when I asked her if I could was awesome. Paraphrased it was "TBH I've been waiting for you to ask. 3 teams is your normal."
It should be interesting-- I've never coached a boys team for an entire season
Least favorite part of being "in charge": making the cancel/still-on call for practices games.
Even with weather radar, it's still a damn crap shoot.
Went from a 5-2 win 2 weeks ago, to a 5-1 loss yesterday.
They scored their first goal 20 seconds in. We didn't have a good warm-up (clearly). Long drive for us and kids filtered in. As we were trying to get into our warmup, the refs did check in.
We had no pressure-cover in our back line and gave up 3 goals on breakaways. Two on a first time GK.
Taking our lumps sucks.
Heard that. My team is now 0-3 and have given up 17 goals and scored 4. Half of my players are playing travel soccer for the first time this season. My plan had been to continue to rotate players through the lines (A/M/D) every game to get them all experience playing everywhere so they understand the different roles. I think I'm going to do that one more game. Then we will play the second half of the season with more settled positions. At this point I have a better feel for who the players are and what their strengths and weaknesses are. And some players just will not or canot play certain positions so I'm not going to force them into it.
I'm having similar struggles moving players around into different positions. One issue is me because I'm just learning what positions they are good at or comfortable at. Two is that they are not used to being moved around. Neither is an insurmountable problem—just growing pains.
There were positives yesterday. Play was mostly in the opponent's half, but at the same time this opened us up to the counters/breakaways. Our CBs were pushed up to midfield with nothing behind. We got burned with that for 3 goals.
My approach depends on the age level, but I rotated players to mimic interchange between lines, which I feel is an intermediate level topic. Putting off the rotation will just make teaching intermediate tactics more difficult.
For anyone, playing in a different position requires some adjustment. It is confusing and takes a while for the players to be able to read the game.
I don't believe in teaching "roles" to field players until they are advanced. I intentionally used a system of play that used pretty much the same fundamentals at each position. The exception being that forwards finished, but I didn't find any player who didn't understand the idea of shooting at the goal.
Putting players in new positions is stressful, but stress is required for learning. If you don't rotate the players, most of the players will not master all the fundamentals.
One thing that I thought helped immensely to bond the team was that I taught a high pressure zone defense. To be successful, players must depend on their teammates. Again it is a learning process, but once they finally "get it" there is a great deal of positive feedback.
Part of the problem is my top 8 players know how to play. The bottom six who are brand new have the bunch-ball, chase everywhere mentality. So I have half the team who are where I expect them to be and more or less do what they're supposed to do, and then I have have other half who are getting in the way.
Maybe the answer is to distribute my better players into regular players into more regular positions so I have a solid core and then rotate part of the team into new positions each game. That way I know I have players I can rely on in each line while continuing to get everyone experience throughout the field.