At these ages becoming comfortable with a ball at their feet then making a positive decision on what to do with it and having fun are the BIGGEST priorities. Encouraging "ball manipulation" and discouraging just "kicking the ball". Players have the most fun when they have the ball, dribbling, passing, and scoring goals and helping their friends do the same. It's important that they understand that once they get the ball they have 1 of 3 options: to pass it, dribble it, or shoot it. And when they don't have the that they need to get into a good position to help their teammates.
Flighted Passes & Keeper Distribution, Possession, Short Passing, 3v3 games, Breaking Down, Throw ins, Change of Direction Moves, Change of Direction Moves 2, Moves 1, Passing 1, Pressure & Cover 1v1, Pressure & Cover 2, Pressure & Cover 3, Running with the Ball, Shielding, Shooting 1, Supporting Play & Terms, Supporting Play 1, Throw ins, Checking & Recieving 1, Checking & Recieving 2, Passing (short passes), Possession 1st touch, Possession 1st touch (2), Possession 1st touch (3), Possession (Moves), Possession, Winning Flighted Balls
TRAINING WEAR & WEATHER POLICES:
Players should wear athletic clothing that correlates to the outside temperatures. Sweatshirts, beanie’s (stocking hats), gloves, warm-up gear are all appropriate on those colder days just as shorts and t-shirts are good for the warm ones. Players must ALWAYS wear shin guards with socks over them. Soccer cleats are preferred, but tennis shoes are will work just as well.
It can be a challenge to keep kids engaged 100% of the time especially when they are first starting out and when the weather doesn’t cooperate it is almost impossible. There for when we have wet or rainy weather or drastic changes in the temperatures, it is not uncommon for training sessions to get cancelled (they are between 3 and 5 after all). Finally, if there is thunder and lightning in the area we won’t even risk it, just plan on not being out at the soccer fields.
In those instances when training is cancelled we will do our best to get the word out through E-mail, Facebook, and our Coaches. So please make sure your email address is updated and correct in your gotsoccer account as that is the email that we will send all information to.
For all you parents who want to learn about the game and are interested in how to motivate and teach your child to play and love this great game.
One of the best ways to get kids engaged into a new activity is through motivation. The internet if filled with awesome videos or kids and professionals playing this wonderful game. Preview a short video and watch it with your child then grab a ball and play for a few minutes. Try to emulate what was seen on the videos.