Hope you are all doing well.
Our third week is officially in the bag with our 6-7 age group working on 'Turns & Tight Control' and our 8-9 and 10-12 age groups working on team possession.
Here are the coaching points below:
6-7 Age Group (Coach Rich):
- Inside Cut
- Outside Cut
- Drag Back
- Bend your knees (sell the turn)
- Use your body as a shield, protect the ball when turning (see where the player is)
- For the inside and outside cut, make sure you put your entire foot behind the ball to ensure the ball goes the opposite direction and not sideways
- For the drag back, never leave sight of the ball - open your body as you turn
- ACCELERATE away after making the turn
8-9 and 10-12 Age Groups (Coach Ali):
- Movement to create space to receive the ball*** this was our biggest issue!
- Always have a passing lane available (have to be able to see the ball and the player to get the ball)
- Judge your weight of pass, further you are, more weight you need - always focus on accuracy
- Control & pass or one touch - decide what best option is before you get the ball
- CHECK YOUR SHOULDERS - if you are aware of where your defenders are, as well as your teammates, it will help you make quicker and smarter decision making
- Quick, Sharp Passes! Players are sometimes taking too long to get the ball across to a team mate and then move again, this is critical!
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6-7 Age Group:
Players need to make sure they get into the habit of bending their knees to really help them make the turns quicker. With coordination being one of the most fundamental elements right now, it is important to get the players to understand the turns and really focus on acceleration after they execute the turns.
With these being the most simple turns, players really need to work on their foot position which will help them execute the turns faster and help them get away from their players. The points regarding using our body as a shield are a bit more advanced for this age group, but coaching it now just shows the players the importance of how one can use their body to protect the ball.
8-9 and 10-12 Age Group:
For both groups, the biggest issue was movement off the ball. We had too many players watching the ball and not moving off of their teammates and in between defenders to always create passing lanes.
Players need to be switched on, ALL THE TIME and cant just be in the game and not in the game a few minutes later. This means that once you pass or the ball or see a pass being played, you are quickly reacting to how you can find a better position to receive the ball or open up space for your teammates.
Communication is lacking, quality of pass was lacking and the quickness and sharpness of our passing was lacking. Players need to know when is the right time to touch the ball and then pass or when it is the correct time to go one touch.
DO NOT PASS THE BALL INTO PRESSURE! It was difficult to pass at times as some players were passing without using their football IQ and were just trying to offload the ball to the player closest to them. With this, they werent thinking about where the defenders were or which pass could get them away from pressure. ALWAYS know your exits and to be able to get out of pressure, players need to CHECK THEIR SHOULDERS and KEEP THEIR HEAD UP.
After a while, we started to see some success in the 10-12 group but the 8-9 group still needs a bit more work. You can guarantee we will be having 1 or 2 more possession sessions before the Fall Program comes to a close.
All in all, great job by both groups and see you all soon!