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U14 Coaching Sessions

WEEK 1- Dribbling 1v1s
WEEK 2- Passing and Receiving
WEEK 3 - Receive to Turn
WEEK 4 - When to Dribble, When to Pass
WEEK 5- Individual Defending
WEEK 6 - Small Group Defending  
WEEK 7 - Transition from Defense to Attack
WEEK 8 - Passing and Combining
WEEK 9 - Attacking 
WEEK 10 - Finishing 

In order to make practices 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 14 player:

·         All children are maturing at different rates and are sensitive to that fact.

    • Puberty comes into play and ‘differences’ can be difficult to accept and a focus at practice

·         Need to warm-up and stretch as muscle pulls and other nagging injuries tend to become more common

    • Playing too much can lead to overuse injuries

·         Typically understand elemental abstract concepts and hypothetical situations.

·         They like to solve problems.

·         Peer evaluation is a constant

·         Egos are sensitive

·         Coordination may depend on whether or not they are in a growth spurt.

·         Technique still needs to be reinforced constantly.

·         Forced participation in sport can result in burnout

·         This is the time to introduce tactics

·         Keep asking the players to be creative and to take risks

·         Have an open dialogue, players will develop stronger knowledge of the game if they can provide input into activities/practices/games

·         Empower your kids to take leadership and ownership of the team. They will enjoy leading and it will add to the learning environment.

  • Ratio of Player to Player per age group

·         U6–1:1

·         U8–1:2

·         U10–1:3 or 1:4