I Seem to Lose Them Part Way Through Practice

Coach – I seem to lose them part way through practice.
Karl – I sent you my ‘9-Step Practice‘ session flow chart which you may have mis-placed so here it is again…

The First — Practice Session

The Theme: Introducing the FUNdamental ‘9-Step Practice Session Routine”

Before Practice: Arrive early and check the field

Socialize and learn the player’s names

Play a FUN game (i.e. Juggling Record)

Step 1. BEGIN THE PRACTICE:

Official beginning (Team cheer)

Cover practice session sequence and rules

-Tell them what they will learn (Show & Tell)

Step 2. WARM UP: Teach them the Figure 8 Stretch Routine

Step 3. 1 + 1: Cooperative time

Show and Tell them how:

-The field must look

-To make a small ‘goal’

-To step off the distance between goals – 10 steps or yards

-To step off the distance between adjacent goals

-To play the 1 vs. 1 game

-To start the game – ‘the Serve’

-To Attack the opponent’s goal – 1st Attacker

-To Defend one’s own goal – 1st Defender

-To stop the game – The Signal

-To report the score – Inactive and Active Rest

-To rotate – Getting ready to face the next opponent

Step 4. 1 vs. 1: Competitive time

Show and Tell them that the coach will observe and take notes…

-While they will attempt to score goals without interference

Step 5. HALF TIME ROUTINE: Prepare for second half of practice

Step 6. SMALL SIDED GAMES: Cooperative and Competitive

Cooperative – Give instructions while they are playing

Competitive – Be verbally silent and take notes.

Step 7. SCRIMMAGE: Cooperative and Competitive

Cooperative – Give instructions while they are playing

Competitive – Be verbally silent and take notes.

Step 8. COOL DOWN: Stretch and compliment individuals

Step 9. END PRACTICE:

Review, compliment team and assign homework (play 1vs.1 game)

 Note:  They will be constantly moving from Warm-up, to 1+1, to 1vs.1, to small sided games and ending with the scrimmage – if they are constantly in motion, moving, playing then you will not lose them – and that is a promise!!!

Coach – I am not sure about placement on the field in running the game. helping them learn game strategies and game players.

Karl – First, let’s get you to feel comfortable in running a ‘9-Step Practice‘ session – Where You Do Not Lose Them.

I hope you realize that your players need to also understand and feel comfortable with the practice-flow before they will be ready for introduction to more specific themes.

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