Part Four: A Unique Coaching Approach

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Introspective coaches ask, “Does ‘it’ happen in the game?”  If the answer is YES then they practice ‘it’ if NO then they do not practice ‘it’. Ex: Waiting in lines?

The extremely popular mini-series continues with Tyler Vaughn and Koach Karl discussing, in great detail, Steps 5 & 6 of the  ‘9-Step Practice’. This unique coaching approach developed over decades, when properly followed, has proven to improve players faster than traditional methods.

Step 5.  Half-time Break

  • Teach players what will take place: Rest, Water and Review of the first half ‘theme’.
  • Teach them how the ‘theme’ will be applied in the Second Half of Practice in Small Sided Games

Step 6.  Small Sided Games – Cooperative (+)

COACH…

  • teach the players that there will be stoppages.
  • give them ‘Points of Refinement’ during the stoppage
  • help only  those who  need help
  • when possible begin by asking a question
  • expect them to learn the ‘theme’ in a controlled environment

PLAYERS…

  • Be prepared to stop play on the coaches signal
  • Be prepared to look/listen to the advice being offered
  • Be prepared to answer the questions being asked
  • Understand that your playing ability is not being questioned
  • Understand that the coach is trying to improve you as a player

Step 6.  Small Sided Games – Competitive (vs.)

COACH…

  • observe & take notes of individuals progress of the ‘theme’
  • expect them to learn the ‘theme’ in an uncontrolled environment
  • most important – be verbally silent & let them play..!

PLAYERS…

  • test your ability to perform the ‘theme’ vs. real opposition
  • understand that the coach will not stop play at any time
  • you are now given the freedom to fail your way to success
  • you are now given the freedom to have fun & enjoy playing soccer

MORE BENEFITS TO PLAYING SMALL SIDED GAMES:

  • Games framed inside a set of rules to correct a weakness observed in the previous practice or game
  • Involves maximum number of players in a minimum amount of space.
  • Allow maximum touches of the ball in minimum amount of time.
  • Create atmosphere resulting in improving physical fitness, technique and variety to keep players interested.
  • Create an atmosphere where technique can be observed under game related conditions.
  • Allow the coach opportunities to coach without disrupting others.

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The “9 Step Practice” was developed by Karl Dewazien, and his California Youth Soccer Association State Instructional Staff.

Karl Dewazien
Karl Dewazien
Koach Karl is the former State Director of Coaching for the California Youth Soccer Association (CYSA), Author of the Internationally Published FUNdamental SOCCER Books Series, & Producer of the highly acclaimed ‘9-Step Practice Routine’ DVD.

Click here to learn more about Koach Karl Dewazien.
2018-08-20T09:40:20-08:00

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