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U6 Coaching Sessions

WEEK 1 - Exploring Different Surfaces of the Foot
WEEK 2 - Running With the Ball
WEEK 3 - Stopping & Changing Directions
WEEK 4 - Skill Moves to Beat an Opponent
WEEK 5 - Skill Moves to Beat an Opponent II
WEEK 6 - Running With the Ball II
WEEK 7 - Stopping & Changing Directions II
WEEK 8 - Skill Moves to Beat an Opponent III
WEEK 9 - Shielding and Protecting the Ball
WEEK 10 - Intro to Passing

In order to make practices and games run smoothly and be fun, it is important for us to have a basic understanding of the intellectual, emotional and physical developmental stage of the players we are coaching. Here are some typical characteristics of the Under 6 player.

·         Focused on themselves – reality to them is based on what they see and feel

·         Unable to see the world from another’s perspective 

    • They cannot comprehend “pass to your partner”

·         Everything is in the here and now

    • If you say “we will do that in 5 minutes” they do not understand that time value

·         Cooling systems are less efficient - need frequent water breaks 

·         Enjoy playing, not watching. Every player should have a ball in practice

·         Limited attention span – Keep directions short, concise and change the activity often

·         Effort is performance – if they try hard, they are doing well

·         Active imaginations – utilize their imagination in activities.
For example, use cartoon characters to describe a game (Sharks and Mino Dory and Bruce). Make practice fun and they will want to participate!

·         Look for adult approval – be encouraging when they say “Coach, look what I can do!”

    • Do not ignore their effort to ‘show off’. Try giving them an area during warm up they can go to and show coach their skill

·         Unable to think abstractly – spatial relationships are a mystery 

    • “spread out” does not make sense

·         Typically have 2 speeds -- extremely fast and stopped

·         Usually unaware of game scores – keep it that way

·         Ratio of Player to Player per age group

·         U6–1:1

·         U8–1:2

·         U10–1:3 or 1:4

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St. Vrain FC

795 South Sherman Street, Unit #8
Longmont, Colorado 80501

Phone: 303-651-3109
Email: [email protected]

St. Vrain FC

795 South Sherman Street, Unit #8
Longmont, Colorado 80501

Phone: 303-651-3109
Email: [email protected]
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