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U16's selection criteria

HiWe have our U16's trials coming up. I haven't coached or selected this age group as yet. What would you look at in ability and skill level for U16's?

Hi Carie,

At this age I would expect the athletes to have mastered the basics and be able to demonstrate a range of skills in both attack and defence. These include:
1) Demonstrate a range of accurate passes used in the correct context - shoulder, chest, overhead and bounce
2) Minimal errors from players - these may include poor passing, footwork, obstructions etc.  
3) Players should demonstrate the ability to work within a unit in both attack, reading off each other and defence working together to turn over the ball 
4) In attack, players should demonstrate a range of ways to successfully get free with well-timed clear movement 
5) In defence, players should be able to dictate their player keeping them high and wide to force an interception
> NOTE: Defensive players can be very successful without gaining interceptions - as long as they are doing their own job and keeping their player out of play
6) Shooters should be able to time their movement correctly to be free for the ball, they should also be shooting at 75% or above 

Good luck and I hope this helps - I am sure it will be easy to notice those stand out players who demonstrate these skills and work well together. 

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