My (first) club season just ended and I’m trying to put together an eval form to give to parents and players. I hit the internet and here are some good examples of what I found (I’ll post mine at the bottom):
- Medfield Youth Soccer (Medfield, MA): I could pretty much end here, the first hit on Google. This form seems pretty complete, both in terms of closed- and open-ended questions and in terms of what it covers. I like both the tone and the comprehensiveness.
- Framingham United (Framingham, MA): I also like this one, as it brings a bit more detail and specificity to some of the same categories as the Medfield one.
- (So I realized as I went through the Google results that all of the evals are relatively similar; I will leave the Medfield and Framingham ones as interesting variations of the same theme.)
And here is mine (adapted from the Medfield and FUSC evals):
I, as I’m sure many coaches do, constantly am reminding my players about not being flat-footed, about staying light on their foot and keeping them moving. Saw this from the warm-ups of the Italy – San Marino game and thought it was a great illustration of what we mean when we tell players to stay light on their feet and to keep their feet moving. So many players misunderstand why we advocate for that but this video does a nice job illustrating how much more lively play is, even in the simplest of warm-ups, when they’re not flat-footed.
Just thought of this one myself. We had some issues getting out of the back quickly enough, and I was looking at various transition games. This isn’t quite transition but might make a good first step. (And I forgot to add the ball to the illustration.)
- grid maybe 20 x 15 with evenly spaced cones along the sideline
- 3 v 2 (or similar; numbers are variable), each starting on opposite lines
- defenders serve to attackers
- attackers’ goal is to dribble across the opposite line
- but they get a point for each sideline cone they pass (so, say, the full goal is worth 4)
- should / hopefully focus on speed of attack and speed of defending / organizing because the attackers start scoring quickly
- emphasize that attackers should not attack in straight lines only
- defenders can attack the opposite goal if they win possession
Saw a coach-friend of mine doing this the other night before practice on the sideline before his field opened up, and seemed a good way to get some touches in before practice / as a warm-up.
- cone square, maybe 10 or 15 yards
- dribble to the first cone, and cut around it, without knocking the cone over / touching the cone
- next player starts when the one in front hits the first cone
- proceed around the square
- progression: self-pass inside the cones but run around the outside of the cone; work on touch
- progression: specify which foot and/or surface to use
- progression: reverse direction, especially if foot restrictions keep them using one foot in earlier versions
- a variation on something that is relatively common (circle in-and-out drill) but a variation I like because…
- …I like the idea of combining with a teammate in traffic and…
- …a potential progression from 2 or 3 touches to 1 touch, forcing the second / final receiver to move off the ball based on the initial pass
- could also include a third teammate in the middle and restrict the distance of the passing, e.g. no passes under 7 yards
- an interesting variation on handball
- I think I like the no restrictions on offense, zones on defense rule
- I do like, though, the application of zones to handball