Dear Parents/ Guardians,
Hope you are all doing well.
We are all very happy to be back on the pitch this Winter. We would like to welcome all our returning players as well as the new players that have joined us for our first program of 2017.
In terms of the first week's programming, we worked on 1 vs. 1 speed skills. Here are the coaching points and attached YouTube clips below:
Main Coaching Points
- Attack with SPEED
- If you don't SELL it, they won't BUY it (bend your knees and really exaggerate the side you are trying to fake to)
- ACCELERATE AWAY after doing the skill
- Know what speed skill you are going to do before you get to the defender
1 vs. 1 Speed Skills
Ronaldo Scissors - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUi2IRqW4vw
(Additional) Hop and Chop - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QGyU_tiD0c
(Additional) Jay Jay - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Abpm-6Wxez8
(Additional) - Roll n' Go - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1BAGqypb50
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6-8 Age Group:
As we only worked on the Messi and the Ronaldo, the main thing for all the little guys is to make sure they keep practising these moves. Some players were getting discouraged because they were making mistakes but practise makes perfect. They can practise these moves at home, at school or just when playing with you or friends as well.
With majority of these moves being new to most in this age group, it is very important that players take the time to practise these and when they are confident enough, to try and start using them in games. Some players did well in trying to do these moves in the games and it is these players which will see improvement.
It is also very important that when players are approaching a defender, they need to keep the ball under control. Many players in the 6-8 group were taking too big of touches and were not controlling the ball which made it harder for them to execute moves. Patience is also a virtue and although most of the young ones are starting out, the more they can be patient, the more they will develop both on the field and off of it.
9-12 Age Group:
With having an advanced group this time around, it was a lot easier to get through the skills and really focus on the nitty-gritty. This meant really selling the skill to the defender by getting low and bending your knees and accelerating out every single time - consistency at the highest level breeds champions.
One thing to remember is when to execute a skill and to do it when you are in the oppositions have. Be sure to practise the skills as much as possible and get comfortable to see which ones you can use in matches - practise! Don't be afraid to make mistakes and take players on in 1 on 1 situations.
All in all, great job and see you all on Saturday!
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