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skill building drills for co-ed outdoor team

I am co-coaching a high school co-ed homeschool group(ages 13-17) There has been very little actual coaching before I volunteered to coach. skill levels are all over the place. I am looking for team drills that involve as many players as possible that will build basic skills and start teaching each player how the game should look when being played during an actual game. there are 24-30 kids at practices. help, please.

Hi Korena!

It sounds like a fun challenge you have on your hands! When you start of with players of varying ability, its a great opportunity to start off with the basics for everybody. Those with lesser ability will clearly benefit from proper coaching and the more able players have a great opportunity to test themselves further.

Start with this drill with groups of similar ability to get them accustomed to having the ball at their feet and familiar with the basics.

Safe House

It's also great to do some unopposed practices so players begin to understand the positioning on the field and what skills are required in certain areas of the field.

Crossing and Finishing Unoppossed

Finally, a conditioned game is a great way to incorporate everybody, in particular to get players of all abilities working together. By putting in conditions like 'all players must touch the ball fore you can score' or 'you're only allowed 3 touches' means that the more-able players will be forced to pass to the less-able and does not allow the lesser players to hide on the field, therefore giving them more confidence and technical ability.

Four Goal Conditioned Game

I hope this helps and gives you a better understanding of how to include everybody in such a larger group and varying abilities!

Good Luck!!

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