Coaching Day 9: No Shooting, No Fun.


I’ve got mixed emotions about tonight’s session. On the one hand I tried a couple of new games and experimented further with what sort of stuff the kids do and don’t enjoy, but on the other hand I don’t feel the kids got as much out of the session as they have done in previous weeks.

I’ll explain.

In recent weeks I’ve concentrated quite a bit on dribbling, control & shooting and this has ultimately led to games focussing on shooting but with the other attributes built in around them. However, tonight I wanted to work on the kid’s passing because it’s something we’ve not worked on much in recent weeks and hence I felt it’s something which it’d be good to focus on – this meant the games didn’t evolve around shooting at one goal.

I’d canvassed both Twitter and the World Wide Web for ideas and selected a couple of games which I felt would work well – that is, they incorporated passing & shooting.

Game 1 – having completed a quick session on heading the ball, I split the boys up in to two teams and had them playing a SSG which had only one rule, “All players had to touch the ball before a goal could be scored”. I’d hoped that this would require the boys to pass it more but the game went a long time without a goal being scored, the kids were finding it difficult and therefore I decided to change the game.

Game 2 – no goalkeepers and goals could be scored in one of two ways. Number 1, “Stop the ball on the line” or number 2, “Pass the ball through the goal and to a player on the other side of the goal”. To be fair, I probably hindered the success of the game as I hadn’t provided a demonstration of the two types of goal but the idea of the game didn’t go down well with the boys and they started to lose concentration during the match (presumably because they found it too difficult and success was limited).

Game 3 – a simple SSG with no rules, but players encouraged to call for the ball and pass it where they could.

We ended with a match but unlike previous weeks I hadn’t had much of a chance to work with the players on parts of their game which they could apply to the match.

So, mixed success because I’ve learnt a bit more as part of improving as a coach and whilst the success wasn’t as tangible as recent weeks the kids were being challenged throughout and I learnt that they enjoyed working on headers :-)

Complexity of games aside, we (the other coach & I) also felt that an increase in the number of kids at tonight’s session had reduced the quality of our coaching. Instead of the usual 6 or 7 kids in a group I had 10 tonight and two of them were fairly disruptive which in turn meant the other kids lost concentration. The milder weather will no doubt see an increase in numbers so I guess it’s up to us to learn quickly and adapt!

Roll on next week.

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4 Responses to Coaching Day 9: No Shooting, No Fun.

  1. Olly says:

    Another useful game to force the players to pass – and in an effective way – is to play a SSG where you can only score with your first touch. The rule is simple to understand and forces players to think about how to pass with penetration.

    Set up: two goals on a short, wide pitch with or without goalies.

    • Simon says:

      Hi Olly,

      Yeah, see where you’re going with that. Which ages have you used that with? i.e. do you think it’d work with Under 7s?

      Simon

      • Olly says:

        No, only with u9s and up. I’ve tended not to focus too much on passing in the u6s/u7s age group. They need to learn passing technique but are unlikely to apply it in a game – unless forced – until they become less egocentric in the u9s and older.

        Still the “score from a first touch” rule is pretty simple so they should understand it in u7s.

        For your info here’s some coaching resources on my club’s website:

        http://burwoodfc.com.au/courses.asp

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