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Single team - How do I practice skills

I have a great U/12 team. Coaching is going well but how do I practice their skills if I dont have another tram that they can play against?

Hi Erika,

There are a few methods I utilise to allow the team to practice their skills when there is no opposing team.

Firstly, you could split the team into 2 and play a half court game, this allows the attackers and defenders to practice against one another in a realistic game situation.

Secondly, although it does not simulate game play, another option is to use competition based drills. For example; which team can complete 10 bounce passes and 10 chest passes before scoring 6 goals against a defender? This allows players to practice their skills whilst also making the practice exciting and fun.

Hope this helps!
Georgia

 

Hi Erika,

There are lots of drills that you can use when you have just one team to practice with. The benefit of only training with one team is that the training can be intense and really help your players improve their fitness. 

I find that in the 'Small games' category, there are lots of drills that you can use with your one team. I have attached a personal favourite of mine. This is a great way to get them used to moving and creating space. 

5 Passes to Score!

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The aim for players is to pass the ball amongst your team.

Teams score by successfully completing 5 consecutive passes without dropping / having the ball intercepted.


Coaching Points:

Attacks must make positive moves into the space and feed well ahead of the moving player.

Defence - put pressure on the attack both with and without the ball

Rules:

Ball goes to other team when:

A point is scored, the ball goes out of the area or the ball is intercepted.

 

I play a lot of fast 5 with my girls.  If you have 10 players then split into 2D, 2A and 1C it makes them work hard, and look down the court for options.

Thanks girls. Your suggestions and ideas are very helpfull. Blessings. Erika


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