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Coaching Demo (Rondos)

Morgan Cathey, men’s soccer coach at Whitworth University, runs a coaches training session along with Q and A.

The session is a progression though passing and rondos for skill development. The players are local 2008-09 boys and girls. The session is highly reproducible and will serve competitive coaches well.

We pledge to continue to be about developing coaches. Do not hesitate to reach out for assistance, suggestions, discussion of tactics or anything that might prove helpful as you continue to train your teams. Also, let us know how this blog can continue to provide you with helpful resources.

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Passing exercise

Every coach knows that what separates the average player from the exceptional one is passing and receiving.  The ability of the player with their first touch and the precision and pace of a pass are essential.  

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Coaching Training Reminder

October 9th
5:30-6:30pm

Whitworth University, Lower field


Morgan Cathey, Men’s soccer coach at Whitworth University, will lead a demo training session for the purpose of coaching education. The session is intended to add insight to coaching and provide coaches with some replicable training ideas for their teams.  There will be a Q and A time following the training for further discussion.  




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training exercise

4 colors 4 zones

Create a small grid approximately 20X30 yards. In each corner create a square of cones using 4 different colors.  This will create 4 different colored spaces.  Players are dribbling freely in the grid when the coach calls out a color.  All players dribble quickly toward the colored box.  

variations:

call more than 1 color at a time.  “blue, yellow” Players then head to blue first and finish in yellow.  

Limit the touches to a certain foot or a certain part of foot.  right foot only, inside of foot only.  

Coaching points:

head up, eyes looking for space, toe down, heel up while dribbling, check for open space, quick change of direction

 

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Coaching Training Reminder

October 9th
5:30-6:30pm

Whitworth University, Lower field


Morgan Cathey, Men’s soccer coach at Whitworth University, will lead a demo training session for the purpose of coaching education. The session is intended to add insight to coaching and provide coaches with some replicable training ideas for their teams.  There will be a Q and A time following the training for further discussion.  




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4 Player Passing Pattern

Something to try with your younger players.  A simple passing pattern.  Coaching points should focus on the way in which players are receiving the ball, the accuracy and weight of the pass and on their awareness (head-checking, talking, etc).

 

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First Touch

One of the most essential elements of the game and what separate good players from great is first touch.  This video outlines 3 first touch exercises with 2 cones.  It is a simple activity that can be done 1 on 1 or with a group of players.  Instructions and coaching points are embedded in the video.  

Coaches, add this as part of your warm-up for this week.  Ensure that players get plenty of touches on the ball and continue to develop their first touch.  

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Coaching Training Reminder

October 9th
5:30-6:30pm

Whitworth University, Lower field


Morgan Cathey, Men’s soccer coach at Whitworth University, will lead a demo training session for the purpose of coaching education. The session is intended to add insight to coaching and provide coaches with some replicable training ideas for their teams.  There will be a Q and A time following the training for further discussion.  




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Simple Dribbling U8 and below

Set of 4 simple dribbling skills that can be reinforced in training exercises. Might want to encourage players to try these at home and work to improve when they are not with the team. Maybe set a goal for them to compete a certain number of touches on the ball.


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Tips for Coaching little ones (part 2)

From an article by Mike Woitalla

5. Greet each player when they arrive in a way that lets them know you’re happy to see them. 

6. Always end practice on an upbeat, happy note. (Even if they drove you absolutely crazy). 

7. See the game through the children's eyes. This will remind you that your main objective is helping them discover the joys of soccer. And not to expect a 6-year-old to play like a 16-year-old! 

8. Do not yell instructions at them! Do not coach from the sidelines during games! This interferes severely in their learning process. It also makes you look rather silly -- an adult screaming at 6-year-olds while they’re playing.

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3v3 + 1 in Channels

40x30 yard field with 5 yard wide zone (channel). 

3v3 in central area (4v4 if needed) with a target in each channel.  

Game begins with one team in possession.  Team must play the target player before scoring.  Attacking players can move to any part of the field once in possession.  

Players in the channel play for both teams.  They are working on wide flank overlapping runs and service.  They should be rotated every few minutes (or after each goal) to allow for rest with another player shifting into the channel.

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Dribble Exercise

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rob the nest

Place 5 squares in the grid.  One in each corner and one in the middle.  

Divide the group into each of the four corners.  

Put all of the balls, as many as you have, in the middle square.  

When the coach says “GO”, one player from each square goes to the middle and takes one ball back to their corner, tags their teammate and the next player goes to the middle.  

The winning team is the one that has the most amount of balls in their corner when there are no remaining balls in the middle.  

Variation:  

When no balls are left give an additional 60 seconds for players to follow the same rules but remove the balls from their opponents squares.  Corners cannot be protected.    

 

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Delivering Coaching Points (Part 2)

Don't tell when you can ask?

It is necessary to constantly test your players with questions.  There is a reason the socratic method is used throughout the world in educational settings.  Set problems for your players to solve and give them the space and time to solve them.  Force them into thinking for themselves.

 

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Coaching Training

October 9th
5:30-6:30pm

Whitworth University, Lower field


Morgan Cathey, Men’s soccer coach at Whitworth University, will lead a demo training session for the purpose of coaching education. The session is intended to add insight to coaching and provide coaches with some replicable training ideas for their teams.  There will be a Q and A time following the training for further discussion.  




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Field Location

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