YOUTH ACADEMY

Skills Based Technical training -  Grades 13th, 14th, 15th

Its main aim is to provide a challenging, structured programme for players, in an enjoyable environment that maximises player development.

Sessions will be focused on improving basic techniques. These techniques will work in isolation and then in a game situation.

Coaches are to encourage players to focus on long term development over immediate outcomes by consistently asking them to operate at the limit of their current abilities.

Players take part in task based exercises with a focus on building a growth mind-set that embraces mistakes as key learning opportunities.

Coaches will provide feedback at the end of the 8 weeks.

This feedback will be done at the fields. Coaches will highlight the journey of the player over the 8 weeks and set goals for players to achieve based on strengths and areas for improvement.

Players will lead the feedback and coaches will guide the conversation.

SESSION INFORMATION:

When: Tuesday (starting on Tuesday 28th July)

Where: Metro Park, Field 2.

Time: 5:30 - 7 pm

Fees: $80 ( 8 week block)

Limited spaces available.

Session structure.

PART 1. PASSING PRACTICE

  • This time is used to develop and practice the basis and to prepare  players for the upcoming activity, technically and mentally, as well as physically.

  • Passing, first touch and football-related movements designed to help achieve the session objective.

PART 2. POSITIONING GAME

  • The theme is developed by the introduction of limited opposition, providing opportunities for appropriate perception, decision and execution in a realistic setting.

  • Passing practices with added game-related resistances.

  • Designed to further develop passing and first touch under pressure.

  • Players are now required to develop, improve or reinforce their positioning, handling speed and decision-making.

  • They are always opposed, but usually with numerical superiority to the attacking team. The degree of opponent resistance can be gradually increased.

  • The coach structures the exercise to encourage specific behaviours and achieve specific outcomes, related to the session objective.

PART 3. GAME TRAINING PART

  • Specific and game-related exercises designed to develop, improve or reinforce team understanding and player roles and the when, where and how to execute different techniques.
  • Has direction and includes realistic opposition that can be gradually increased.

  • Is situated in the area of the field where the desired actions usually take place.

  • Challenges such as modifications and constraints can be placed on the players (corridors, additional boundary lines, limited touches, restricted areas, etc).

  • Each team plays towards targets (small goal, big goal, cross a line in possession, etc)

4. TRAINING GAME

  • A game involving two even teams (or a neutral player working with the team in possession) used to conclude the session.
  • These should involve teams with even numbers or one neutral so the team in possession has a one person advantage.
  • Goals for both teams (either big or small goals).
  • The 4 main moments for both teams (attack, defend, transition).



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