The following is an excerpt from The Ultimate Youth Coaches Training Guide; A Complete 6 to 10 Year Old Developmental Coaching and Training Program.
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Here is an overview of what coaches should be working on in their training with 6-7 year olds:
This is the “Fundamental” stage of development
“TECHNIQUE / TECHNIQUE / TECHNIQUE”
Coaching emphasis is on teaching Technical and Mental development in the correct Environment.
- This is the FUNdamental Stage, meaning making training fun for the players to encourage them to practice more at these young ages, and relaxing their minds.
- Training must be initially in a non-competitive environment so the players get a chance to learn to do the technique correctly; and without pressure. Build pressure in when the time is right.
- Short term learning practice, high in repetition, specific to the technique required, involving few decisions.
- This is the COGNITIVE PHASE of learning theory (planning)
- The learner thinks about the task. Movements will not yet be fluid as the player is concentrating on what to do next; and how to do it; so the thinking process is a major part of this.
- Awareness training: The Emphasis is on Individual Awareness with lots of touches to teach the players to play with their heads up; particularly during technical development training such as dribbling and turning.
- The coach must observe: the player may be slow to learn, compare the player with a skillful one where movement is fluid, effortless requiring no deep thought, it’s almost instinctive.
- The coach must be patient and continue to reinforce the relevant techniques until they start to become second nature in a non-competitive situation, and the players then move to the next stage of development.
- Some may reach the next stage earlier than others.
- In the training sessions emphasis is given to repeating the quality of football movements. These are corrected and repeated until they become a regular part of the player’s package of techniques.
- INCLUDE TRAINING WHERE THE PLAYERS HAVE AS MANY TOUCHES ON THE BALL AS IS POSSIBLE IN THE TIME YOU HAVE WITH THEM
Technical Program Needs to Cover:
- Ball Mastery – Coerver work – Ball feeling and familiarity
- Ability to use both feet – weak foot work
- Passing, control – ability to take/cushion the ball with all parts (With movements prior to)
- 3v1, 4v1, 4v2 for support and making angles
- Dribbling, running with the ball
- 1v1 activities for fun and enjoyment
- Heading for fun
- Shooting two footed
- Games in small groups: 3 v 3; 4 v 4, they want to play; not be Coached – rotate players
- Speed – Quickness
- Fast footwork with and without the ball
- Tag games to develop fast feet and leg strength
- Show how to spread out to create space
- Play games for ENJOYMENT, encourage them to produce a skill
- Get everyone back behind the ball