The "Kicking Chicks" is hilarious. Obviously a fun bunch. I like it and very original, one of the few soccer team names I have not heard before. Bismarck, I like the posession idea and sounds like it worked for morale. It will also help them long term. Any team at that age with the fastest, strongest player can usually find a way to win. Usually by abandoning team principles and development and just playing for "the win". I commend you for coaching the right way- teach them the game and what will help them develop. In a few years they probably wont even remember if they won or lost, just that they became better players and learned more about the game that day. I agree, a coaching thread or board would be great. A place to kick around ideas, get feedback, advice, discuss topics, etc...
posted by urall cloolis at 07:22 PM on February 20
If you or anyone else is looking for an easy website for your teams, eteamz (www.eteamz.com) is a very easy site to set up. You can also make them public, password protected, or a combination. I know a lot of teams that use it and make results, etc...public and password protect photos, personal info and anything else that they do not want floating out there.
posted by urall cloolis at 10:15 AM on February 20
Good luck this season Texan. I am sure it will be a lot of fun and also be a very rewarding experience. The links that Amateur provided are very good, however you may need membership to view the drills. Here is another useful free link Jeff Pills Drills. He is one of the Womens National Coaches, there are also tips on there on a wide variety of things to expect, training specific for each age group, etc... I would use some basic ball skills (dribbling, trapping and passing, juggling) to start your first session. Then let them play a lot. Start with small sided (3 v 3, 4v 4) then build up to full sided. This will give you an opportunity to evaluate everyones skills and mindset. Once you get into the season I would spend 1/2 to 3/4 of the time with skill building drills, then finish with games- small or full sided. The biggest advice I would give is to make sure whatever drills you use there are NO LINES waiting to participate, do things which move quickly and do not allow idle time standing around waiting. This is when they will get bored, start to lose focus and begin socializing. Make sure everyone gets at least 500 touches on the ball per day. It sounds like a lot, but it really isn't. I make sure my HS and college kids get at least 1000 touches per day. Best of luck and please let us know how it is going.
posted by urall cloolis at 06:33 AM on February 20
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