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U8 Coaching Sessions

WEEK 1 - Running With the Ball
WEEK 2 - Dribbling to Beat an Opponent
WEEK 3 - Dribbling to Beat an Opponent II
WEEK 4 - Dribbling and Changing Directions
WEEK 5 - Dribbling and Passing
WEEK 6 - Passing and Receiving
WEEK 7 - Defending Basics - Desire
WEEK 8 - Dribbling and Passing-2v1
WEEK 9 - Passing 2v1 and 2v2
WEEK 10 - Working in Pairs

In order to make practices run smoothly and be fun, it is important 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 8 player:

·         Enjoy playing in pairs

·         Are now able to take another’s perspective.

·         Still unable to think abstractly – be patient.

·         Cooling system still less efficient than adults – still make sure to give frequent water breaks.

·         Still prefer playing to watching – keep everyone active during practice.

·         Limited attention span

·         Have an understanding of time and sequence

    •  “if I do this, then that happens”.

·         Some now have a third or fourth speed in addition to stopped and as fast as possible.

·         Very aware of adult reactions – be very aware of your reactions.

·         Seek out adult approval and need reassurance – be supportive.

·         Begin to become aware of peer perception – a social order is beginning to develop.

·         Wide range of abilities between children at this age

·         Beginning to develop motor memories

·         Some become more competitive

·         Less active imaginations than U6 players

·         Ratio of Player to Player per age group

·         U6–1:1

·         U8–1:2

·         U10–1:3 or 1:4