2021 Coaching Thread

Discussion in 'Coach' started by stphnsn, Mar 8, 2021.

  1. stphnsn

    stphnsn Member+

    Jan 30, 2009
    We put our field together on Saturday with my 19Us, and training starts today. High of 70 and mostly sunny. Here's to a better year than last.

    I recruited my team without being able to do an evaluation so this first week is going to be me and my assistant figuring out what we've got to work with. Our first game is a month away so we should have time to figure out how everyone fits together and start meshing these boys into a team.
     
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  2. stphnsn

    stphnsn Member+

    Jan 30, 2009
    I hate spring break, and it's extra frustrating that our schools' breaks are staggered and/or 2 weeks long. I can't just cancel training for one week. I have two weeks with only half the team available, and our games start the following week.
     
  3. elessar78

    elessar78 Moderator
    Staff Member

    May 12, 2010
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Took my kids to tennis this week as a cross training sport from soccer. One didn’t like it. They’ll only be going for a few more weeks until soccer starts—should I make the one that didn’t like it keep going? This was her first time. Or just find a different sport? In my mind, I like the contrast that it’s individual, non-invasion, and upper body, rotational, one-side dominant sport. Things she can’t get from soccer.
     
  4. stphnsn

    stphnsn Member+

    Jan 30, 2009
    I'd at least have her give it another chance. Did she want to try it, or was this a "dad says" deal? If she wanted to try it, I'd be more inclined to have her stick it out through the end. If it was entirely your idea, have her go again and see if she reacts better to it this time. I'd not force it too much and risk turning her off to it for the rest of her life to spite you.

    Related, my 2017 starts soccer this spring. It's going to be interesting. Yesterday when we were over playing with her cousins, she told her aunt she hates soccer and only likes treats. Shrug.
     
  5. elessar78

    elessar78 Moderator
    Staff Member

    May 12, 2010
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    haha.

    It was a clinic I signed them up for. Didn't give them much choice since, I think, they need exposure to other sports. It's pay-as-you-go so there's no commitment on our part at all. Soccer starts week of April 5, so it'll be done by next week. But, as you said, I don't want to turn her off for life from any sport.
     
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  6. jmnva

    jmnva Member

    Feb 10, 2007
    Arlington, VA
    Club:
    DC United
    I've had 1st practices with my youngest (1st grade boys) and oldest (HS girls- mostly juniors). It should be a fun season
     
  7. stphnsn

    stphnsn Member+

    Jan 30, 2009
    We're finally past spring breaks, and I had my full 18 at training yesterday. It was great to be able to line them up like I expect to do for our first game on Thursday. I was pleasantly surprised with the cohesiveness I saw.
     
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  8. elessar78

    elessar78 Moderator
    Staff Member

    May 12, 2010
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Practice 1 in the books. By all accounts it was a fun practice. Adding music while we train is the biggest new thing for this season.

    This season our overarching objectives are:
    1. improve defending as a group, and
    2. improve our ability to play the killer pass/through ball (behind the back line)
    One of the drawbacks of rondos is that all passes are to feet or near feet. They really had a hard time releasing our forwards into space. That's Thursday's topic. Yesterday, we worked on defending in pairs (pressure, cover and not chasing the ball). Worked on finer points like curving your approach, leaving an air gap between you and the attacker, worked covering defender positioning so we don't get split, moving your feet and not stabbing.

    Then we expanded later in practice to moving the whole defensive block, while still applying above principles.

    One down fifteen more to go.
     
  9. stphnsn

    stphnsn Member+

    Jan 30, 2009
    We had our first game last night, a friendly against a neighboring club. I was happy with our first half, but we faded a bit as the second hand went on. It looked like we were mentally tired as much as physically. We lost our focus on our spacing and working to give our teammates options in the attack. We gave up a soft goal early in the second half and then struggled to retake control of the game from there. We managed to bundle in a scramble in the box to earn the 1-1 tie right at the end. Real games start Sunday...
     
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  10. stphnsn

    stphnsn Member+

    Jan 30, 2009
    6-0 win yesterday after a 2 hour drive. Obviously, that is a good way to start the league. It was great to be able to get my weaker players more playing time than they would usually expect. I have 3 players who are really green freshmen, but they're starting to pick up more and more as the season goes on.
     
  11. elessar78

    elessar78 Moderator
    Staff Member

    May 12, 2010
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Before game 1 we're already decimated by injuries. Then our starting GK takes a knee to the head at the end of the first half. We played well, but lacking punch up top. Lost 0-2. Which was a shame, our defense played really well. . Two goals we gave up were long bombs our short GK couldn't reach.
     
  12. stphnsn

    stphnsn Member+

    Jan 30, 2009
    My second GK is 5'3" and very green. He gets to start tonight. We'll see how it goes, but I'm not super confident. There's only one way to learn though right?
     
  13. stphnsn

    stphnsn Member+

    Jan 30, 2009
    Well, we gave up two goals, but one was a penalty, and the other was a sloppy play that should have been cleared before the shot was ever taken. I can't blame either of those on my GK. He made a few good saves, and his distribution was better than I expected. I'm comfortable with him playing against this level of opponent.
     

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