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What do kids do whilst I set up drills?

Just wondering what other coaches do with the kids whilst I set up the cones for the drills? Normally I ask them to have a drink but whilst I am setting up the cones I find balls flying everywhere because they are messing around with them. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks

i would tell them to stay warm and do stretches, if they still keep the balls around i would make them run 1-2 laps with the team as a group in order to stop them from doing it, however dont single out anyone kicking the balls make it a team effort. if they then stop kicking the balls whilst you set up the cones reward them with a game at the end or a similar football activity

I would suggest taking advantage of all the space you have, setting up all your drills before starting your session to enable you to move from one session to the next without having any big gaps between your drills. You could also include rules for inbetween  drills, i.e - if any footballs are touched during breaks, 5 minutes will be removed from match time at the end of training.

Have a quick game small sided game/simple activity to hand that they can do without instruction. It can be as simple as 'soccer tennis', where they have to play in pairs, trying to get balls over a gate (two cones/discs)

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