Coaching Day 12: Theory v Practical
March 14, 2011 2 Comments
So how did it go?
My session plan looked like this:
- Warm up: Either sharks v minnows or team-tag as shown by Dan Wright in his blog
- First game: 1v1, or “On Guard” as is demonstrated on the Level 1 course
- Second game: Waves, as taken from the Level 1 course
- Third game: 3-game-SSG, as also shown by Dan Wright in his blog
The theory being as follows:
- Following the warm-up, get the players working on their dribbling skills via 1v1 games…
- …then use Waves to get the players working in small teams, focussing on passing as a team and shooting…
- …which they would need to combine with dribbling to help with the 3-game-SSG…
- …which in turn would prepare them for a match situation
All of which, in my mind, looked pretty good.
What actually happened:
- The group of 9 players I had to work with varied hugely in ability, so I decided to pull the 1v1 from my plan as I felt some of the players either wouldn’t grasp the concept or would lose interest.
- Instead I set them up to play Waves, using competition between two teams (i.e. who could score more goals) as a way of making it fun. One team grasped the idea and did well, another had two players who were more interested in who was starting the game, or would hog the ball and this led to. Unfortunately, because the one team struggled with the game it lost its impetus and the other boys started to lose interest.
- So I changed to one-team-SSG which started well but the teams were unbalanced which meant one set of players dominated and this caused frustrations and one or two of the boys also began to lose interest.
So, despite my theory seeming ok in practice it was a very difficult 40 minutes of coaching and dealing with some of the kids was quite frustrating. I’d tried to run a session which flowed and which would be fun but perhaps in hindsight it was too much to ask for a (very) mixed ability group of U7s. Next week I think I’ll use some of the games which have worked well in the past and I guess if nothing else, this was an experiment which perhaps hasn’t worked but that I’ve learnt from.