Inhouse Training Guidelines

 

LNUSC Inhouse General Training Guidelines

 

  • Key Principles
    • Establish expectations and encourage based upon individual goals for each player recognizing every player has a different starting point
    • Education and having fun at this age is much more important than winning
    • If you can’t demonstrate try to find someone that can; an older sibling, neighbor or another parent…just like in school kids learn soccer verbally and visually
    • Start simple and build to more complex; amazing strides can be made at this age over the course of a season if you take this approach
    • Ask questions to test the player comprehension of instructions
    • Incorporate instructional games as opposed to just scrimmaging
    • Coaching Resources

 

  • Goals for Development
    • HAVE FUN and want to come back for the next season
    • Ability and confidence to dribble with both feet and to use all parts of the feet
    • Ability to lift their head to see surroundings while dribbling
    • Introduction to balance and agility (moving backwards, sideways, changing speed, changing direction) with and without the ball.
    • Understand and practice the fundamentals of kicking side footed and instep based upon individual player development…instep is difficult for many kids at young ages.
    • Understand and practice proper throw in procedures
    • Confidence to pass/shoot with weaker foot
    • U8 and above – Finding space and knowing positions as opposed to chasing the ball
    • U8 and above – Understand the general rules of the game including restart procedures (corners, throw ins, goal kicks, tap offs)

 

  • Training/Practice Guidelines
    • Create separation (age appropriately) with the parents
      • Start every practice with the parents on the side…go for a tour of the field if needed with the kids dribbling the ball to find a space within eye view of parents but far enough away the kids focus on you.
      • Use discretion and find balance and fairness for the whole team as opposed to one child training.  Individualize as possible and challenge the kids based on ability.
      • Have the children keep their gear (water, balls, etc) together as a group in a central team location as opposed to with the parents. 

 

  • Training should focus almost exclusively on ball work for the U6 and U8 age groups
    • Have a goal of 1,000 touches in a 60 minute session...this can happen in 30 minutes in some sessions even at the U8 level.
    • Avoid any drills which leaves the children static, or limits their touches on the ball, such as lining up to shoot or simply standing and passing and instead:
      • Set up cones as goals across a large area.  Team the kids up to alternate shooting in various goals wherein they cannot shoot on the same goal 2 times in a row
      • Set the kids up in groups of 3 or 4, instead of 2, when passing back and forth.  Try to limit them to 2 touches, 3 if needed.  After passing they follow their pass to the opposite side where they get behind the person they passed to.  See if you can get them down to 1 touch by the end of the season.
      • Visit usyouthsoccer.org for additional drills - http://www.usyouthsoccer.org/coaches/Education/

 

  • Avoid unstructured scrimmages and instead:
    • Allow the kids to scrimmage but stop them and have them spread out once they bunch
    • Play small sided games as well…get 2 games going at the same time with 2v2 or 3v3.
    • Use multiple goals, try 4 with one on each line, where each team can score on their offensive goal or either side goal
    • When the ball goes out immediately introduce a new one strategically thrown in to a less developed player(s)