FA Level 2: Day 4 Summary
February 15, 2012 2 Comments
With weary legs and bodies in abundance this morning we cracked on with Day 4 of our Level 2 course! The first two days were focussed on the transition from a “technical” to a “skills” practice and we then put this in to action on Tuesday when each coach ran a 15-20 minute session. Today we altered focus slightly as we started to look at SSGs – both in isolation and we saw an example of taking a topic from technical > skill > SSG.
Our day began with a look at session evaluation and self-reflection, e.g. which components of a coaching session should be evaluated?
- Session organisation
- Coaching technique / style
- Were the coaching points delivered?
- Did the coach improve the performance of an individual & the group?
We also looked at the types of people who we could use for feedback on our coaching or sessions, e.g.
On the topic of feedback – I’m hoping to use one of the Level 2 coaches at our club to observe some of my sessions so that he can provide feedback based on an awareness of the L2 syllabus.
After this in-class work we then went outside and slowly found the energy to compete in a number of sessions. This morning we looked at:
- Dribbling (Technical > Skill)
- Heading (Technical > Skill)
This afternoon we looked at:
- Finishing (Technical > Skill > SSG)
- Defending when outnumbered (SSG)
- Ball control (SSG)
Some of the key points we’ve seen / learnt today are:
- Ensuring you continue to cover all CPs during the session (e.g. not just focussing on the one you last introduced)
- Use of target men/floaters during an SSG to add an alternate dimension (or achieve an objective)
- The importance of any supporting players getting the practice right (to prevent your practice breaking down)
- Alterations to increase success during a session
- Transition from Technical to Skill to SSG
I’m sure there’s more but I’m out of thinking capacity now! Still finding it thoroughly enjoyable and the people are helping – all very open & supportive of each other (as with L1 and YAM1 really).
More tomorrow as I’ll have done my next session, a SSG on “Defending Deep” – eck!