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I can see that since she was the only girl he was coaching, it may have been easy to refer to her as "girl"; however, he did not once call any of the other players "boy. Competition when presented in an age appropriate format is an essential part of any league experience. We create a lively, positive and safe environment for kids to learn how to play soccer and develop a lifelong love for soccer and sports. Report Abuse

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Organize very small groups 7 or less players per team; keep in mind that in a good school district we have one trained professional for a group this age. Have as many coaches and assistants as is possible one adult with reasonable skills per child is ideal. Emphasize personal skills and fundamentals during practice and avoid competition No relays or "who can do most?

Allow use of hands and introduce the goalie skills. It is a lot of fun. Use at least one ball per kid, cones, grids and signs be sure not to allow stray balls on the practice field. Prepare a few simple activities and try to maximize time on task show-tell-show-practice. Whenever you think about game strategy, relax and let it go. If you can teach these young lads to play positions, be sure to publish your method so that we can all learn from it.

When engaging in informal lead up games allow the kids to restart in any way they want. Avoid teaching throw-in and penalty kick skills. An example of proper kicking skills progressions is: Avoid excessive cheering during lead-up and practice game. Keep it low key. When scoring a goal is no big deal, allowing a goal is no big deal either.

Be aware of the fact that this experience may not be as much fun as keeping score for some of the adults in charge. The relevant question here, however, is "whether the kids are learning and having fun? Based on your description, I think it would be fair to say that your child is well coordinated and athletic. LK is a quick learner and has a good grasp of the fundamentals of the goalie position. Also, my impression is that the coach has taken a very assertive position in recruiting your child to the club.

The coach over-estimated your child's ability and skills. This scenario reminds me of a real story about a high school kid who didn't make his varsity basketball team because he wasn't good enough. We all know this guy very well today as the now retired Michael Jordan. That's possible, but more than that this coach is not a true professional, nor is this a child oriented coach.

This coach may not feel confident enough to deal with the situation, so the coach got rid of the situation. I concur with your view that this coach is not appropriate for your child. A number of individuals including the coach saw something in LK that compelled them to invite LK in.

Not only did she lose her position on the team but she also lost face and lost the many additional experiences of making friends and being able to share in the team effort, support, victories and disappointments. While it does not have to be this way, competitive sports come with a price tag that many unsuspecting parents and children find disturbingly high. I have no clear guidelines regarding the fine balance between potentially hurting a child versus hurting the team. An open discussion regarding this issue that includes all involved coach, teammates and parents may facilitate future decisions about similar situations.

HI, I went to your website for soccer endurance, well, should I run long distance or sprints? I am already fast at sprints, but in my games, sometimes I have no endurance or energy. How could I fix that so I can play to my top potential? Under game conditions a soccer player needs to 1 repeatedly sprint for short distances, 2 continuously run at mid-to low speeds to move up and down sideways the field.

Since all running in soccer is interval like broken-pace running, a similar type of training would best prepare the player for the game. However, a game that lasts 90 minutes would require a solid aerobic foundation despite its overwhelming broken-pace running requirement. To both test and work on your aerobic capacity you may select any one of the following aerobic fitness tests: Once you select one of the above for practice and for the purpose of testing and retesting your aerobic capacity I can direct you to references that contain the performance criteria for the specific test you chose.

The typical game condition fitness requirement is clearly anaerobic fitness. However, since it is a prolonged anaerobic effort it is referred to as "speed endurance. The technical term to this form of stamina is "anaerobic recovery capacity. Look up these terms on the Net if you're not familiar with these methods of training or drop a line should you need more help.

I recently took on a coaching position for our youth soccer program. My daughter played two years of u10 soccer but now she is moving up to u They go from 8 players on a field to After watching for two years, I now am going to coach. Could you please send me a layout of how I should position my players and what is the name of the position?

I'm very excited about this opportunity and any assistance would be greatly appreciated. The answer to your question is somewhat more complex than what you may have initially suspected. Assuming that you'll have a goalie and ten field players you may arrange your players using any one of the following configurations numbers are always read from the backfield forward: Your selection of system of play will depend on the ability of your players and their tactical understanding of the game as well as the system used by the opposing team.

Selecting a certain system as your opening set-up does not mean that your team cannot change formations as the game goes on.

For example, you may play a system while in possession of the ball and attacking the opponent's third of the field opening the wings, your players must be able to move the ball from one wing to the other, however and have your two attackers return to the defensive line once you lose possession and the ball is rolling into the mid-field and then your third of the field The above described scenario is known as the shifting offensive system.

Once you score a couple goals and are leading you may consider changing your system of play to a more defensive one to try and maintain your lead. When trailing you may take a chance and reinforce the offensive line at the risk of not being able to properly react to a fast counter attack.

Consider experimenting with several systems and find out which one works best for your team. Also, keep in mind that each player must have a broad and solid foundation of both offensive and defensive skills.

Modern soccer is a fluid and dynamic game that is best served by well rounded specialists as opposed to narrowly focused specialists. Early emphasis on a specific position is counter indicated and unwarranted especially when applied before the end of puberty.

One reason is that some kids are early bloomers and others are late bloomers. Thus, some kids adjust quickly to their new physical self and others take more time to adjust to their changing body. In addition, in youth leagues the child's needs and best interest as contrasted with immediate adult gratification e. This does not imply that for the sake of diversity the coach should place all eleven players out of position at any one time to assure that each child has a chance to play all positions.

A compromise of rotating players to different positions will provide players with opportunities to uncover their true strength at a relatively low cost to the team's competitive edge. A child centered approach to coaching may tax competition early on with possible later dividends. A competitive approach centered on winning is destined to overlook some of the participating children's full potential.

On club teams where children play together for more than one season this may have long-term stagnation effects on the team's growth and maturation process.

Knowledgeable coaches would avoid this trap by experimenting during practice games and by trying new ideas while clearly ahead during competition these parameters would limit such scenarios to a handfull of teams still leaving the majority of kids uderserved. Following the life-cycle stages approach to team development, a typical adult team would evolve through the following stages: Professional teams are so eager to reach the performing stage before the opening game of their regular season that little room is left for experimentation.

Kids may need to spend more time in the storming and norming stages to reach their potential in the performing stage. Any misdirection you can pull off at this age will probably result in huge gains. Teach your kids to be good actors when faking. Come up with some goofy cheer. With the parents in involved, the cheer is louder and creates more energy. You need to be a member in order to leave a comment.

Sign up for a new account in our community. Already have an account? Youth Flag Football Search In. Posted August 13, Share this post Link to post Share on other sites. Posted August 14, Start by reading this topic: Allow a decent amount of time for scrimmages. Teaching them that the object of the game is to get the ball into the net is enough for now.

Technique can be taught later. You can have a great deal of fun passing the ball back and forth. The exercise will do you both good and prepare your child for later lessons.

Children ages 6 to 9 are ready to build on what they know and can do on the soccer field. Up to age 8, a size 3 ball will still do. After that, get a size 4 ball measuring 24 to 25 inches in circumference and weighing between 12 and 13 ounces. This size will last them until they are 12 or Your child will need soccer shoes called cleats and shin guards if they plan to play on a team.

Having a real net is very helpful. Nets are available with targets to shoot at hanging from the net. Some have a sound that goes off when a goal is made. When practicing with your young school age child focus on dribbling, ball control and shooting. Teach them to set up the ball before taking a shot or passing.

Pass the ball to them and have them stop the ball, get in good shooting position and then shoot. This will keep them from wild attempts at shooting.

Most localities have teams for all age groups. If there is no team close by, you may want to become versed in the rules and start a team yourself. Once on a team, your child will have regular practice with drills and eventually games.