On Tuesday, I will meet my new U14 team for the first time. I've been used to coaching the same group for the past few years so I have to get a sense of the whole team rather quickly this year. My plan for day #1 is to chat with them and their parents about my expectations and get a sense of their goals for the year, then on to business. I should have at least an hour available. I am planning to warm them up with some 3v1 possession. That will help me begin to see who touches/passes the ball well, who is putting out 100%, and who looks like smart defenders. After stretching, I may run a few sprints, with and without the ball, to see what I have for speed. Most importantly, I want to let them play for as long as possible - at least 1/2 hour - which will give me a good overall sense of the skill we've got. Any comments/suggestions?