Passing is kicking the ball from one player to another. When passing it usually is done with the inside of the foot. When you kick with your toe it is inaccurate practice and can cause the player to hurt themselves.
Dribbling is usually when running up and down the field. When you dribble you want to keep the ball close to you so that your opponent does not have the chance to take the ball. You should start off dribbling slow so that the child can develop the skill and gradually improve the speed.
Shooting is when you are making the kick to score a goal. You usually use the top of the foot to score the goal. When shooting to score try to be back 2 steps behind the ball. Run at the ball and bring your leg up slightly and kick!
Throw-Ins are used when the ball is out of bounds. The team it went out own will go down the field while the opposing team throws the ball in. The 2 basic rules to a throw-in is:
1. Both feet must remain on the ground. (no jumping)
2. Both hands must be on the ball and they must be over the head when thrown. You CANNOT throw to the side
Heading the Ball:
In soccer you can use almost any part of the body besides your hands. When you head the ball you can use your forehead or the top of the head.
Corner and Goal Kicks:
If the ball is kicked out of bounds at the goal line then either a goal kick or corner kick can be called. A goal kick is given if the offending team kicks the ball out of bounds. A corner kick is given if the defensive team kicks the ball out of bounds.
Hand ball is called when any part of the hand or arm below the shoulder touches the ball.
A direct kick taken at goal from a point inside of the 18 yard box. This is used when a foul or hand ball is called inside the 18 yard box by the defending team. No players but the goalie can remain in the defending box.
A goal keeper inside of the 18 yard box. (this is used in U10 and up)
Penalty shot that can be taken without another player touching the ball first. You can directly score a goal off this.
Penalty shot that another player must touch first before you can take a shot.
A player from the offensive team is behind the last defender for the defensive team.
Given to a player when they use dangerous fouls but the referee does not beleive it is a malicious intent.
Given to a player when they use dangerous fouls and the referee beleives it was a malicious intent.
A Coaches Checklist:
BEFORE THE SESSION:
-Did you write out a lesson plan?
-Did you look the part?
-Are the players and equipment organized?
DURING THE SESSION:
-Where you confident and energetic?
-Did you develop a good rapport with the parents and players? i(addressing them by name)
-Did you have positive playing enviroment?
-Did you have control of the practice?
-Where your players in correct positions?
-Where your players acttive?
-Where your excercises organized?
-Did you stop the practice at the right moment?
-Did you make the players aware of what they were doing correct and what they were doing wrong?
-Did you recreate?
-Did the excercises you chose build on each other?
-Did your players understand?
-Did you provide clear demonstration?
-Did you have clear explanations?
-Did you summarize the demonstrations?
- Did your players improve by the communication?
*Remember when coaching pointing out the positives is a key in a players success!!!!!
All of these things will help you to run an effective and fun practice. Just remember 1 player does not make the team great! The team makes the team Great! If one player leaves learning something new you have succeeded!
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