NEW!! Practice Plans

Chris Uppington, Technical Director

Use these plans to teach your players proper technique and better skill development.  Don't be afraid to just stick to 3 or 4 basic plans (for an 8 or 10 year old) and always finish practice with a game.  Today, coaching development courses stress that  no one should ever use lines or to stand and pass a ball back and forth!  Is that a re-creation of the game?  NO.  For efficiency in the short periods of time we have to teach, every child should have a ball as much as possible, everyone should always be involved in the activity and be moving.  Ideally, you will start with simple, short instructions and with a buildup of 1v1 to 2v2 or 4v4 with a similar activity  at each session with no pressure to ball under pressure.  Please feel free to contact me at cuppington1203@gmail.com for assistance, advice and guidance.

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Organizing a U9/10 Practice  U9/10 Curicullum

Running a U11/12 Practice  U11/12 Curriculum

Practice for 13/14  U13/14 curriculum

Running a 15/16 practice   U15/16 curriculum

ASA Practice Model

ASA Principles

ASA Game Model and Playing Style

Positions

Decision Making

Player Outcomes

Mistake Management

Motivating Players

Questioning Your Players- the Socratic Method

 

 

Coach Education

Importance of Coaching Education     (article from nays.org - National Alliance for Youth Sports)

Most youth sports coaches are unprepared for their position. Studiesshow that only 5-10% of youth sport coaches have received any relevant training1. We...

Coach Guidance and Procedures for Bullying

Safesport Instructions that every coach completes during background check

Strategies for coaches when athletes report

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United States Youth Soccer (US Youth Soccer)

 

U.S. Soccer Federation unveils new coaching curriculum for coaches of players ages 5-12
April 20,...