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Juggling / Skill Contest

UNC Women’s Soccer Twitter feed posted this. Probably a bit above the skill level of my players, but a fun thing to try, perhaps.

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Attacking Overload Handball

[from thecoachingmanual.com]

  • 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

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Four Goal Chaos

from coachestrainingroom.com

If you have one (or two) big goals (I’m assuming I won’t have four big goals), you could restrict the shooting, i.e. after two small-goal-shots, you have to shoot at the big goal with a goalie.

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Fun Goal Free-for-All (SCCC 2016, DiCicco)

  • Two full sized goals 30-40 yards apart
  • Server on the side at midfield
  • Three field players in middle
  • Goalie in each goal
  • Server serves ball;  whoever gets it attacks either goal while other two defend 
  • Once shot is taken, another serve comes in
  • Moves very quickly and seems fun, though a limited number of players are involved; would have to rotate three in the middle frequently; TD just suggested splitting the groups so one does this while the other half plays keep away elsewhere
 

Soccer Golf [mine]

I generally use this as a fun way to finish the season (last practice) or to get the team working together early in the season. What I like about it is that it is infinitely variable to focus on whatever skill the coach wants.

The Basics

  • Create a ‘tee box’ with four cones; play must start from here.
  • Place a ‘hole’ some distance from the tee box: I generally use a pointed cone or a stack of disc cones; the ball must tap the cone to ‘go in the hole’.
  • Players can work individually but I find teams work better.
  • Players can kick in any order but no one can kick again until everyone has kicked.

Progressions / Variations

  • My game often becomes as much croquet-like as golf-like. This year, one hole involved students having to hit a ball placed in the opposite direction before they could play to the hole. You can institute gates, channels, or any obstacle that elicits the skill you want to focus on. My first hole was behind the goal (with the tee box maybe 50 yards away at an angle) and I specified that teams¬†had to go around the net in a specific direction.
  • For the first time this year, my final hole was elevated: I put the disc-cone-tower on the top row of a low set of bleachers. I took away strokes if players¬†knocked any cones over / off and awarded bonus strokes if they could seat the ball in the disc cone (none did; wasn’t sure if that was even possible…).
  • To make ‘getting it in the hole’ more difficult, mandate that the ball must rest against the cone (rather than just touch it) to be ‘in the hole’.
 
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Posted by on October 27, 2015 in (Team) Bonding, Fun, Long Balls, Passing

 
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Elimination Tag

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Communication Game [mine]

2016 Update: Did this today with some adjustments that worked well. Basically made teams smaller (with more of them); spread out the field, so it wasn’t so crowded (and potentially dangerous), and introduced more skill to the final step.

  • teams of two, one blindfolded, one not
  • balls spread out all over the field
  • disc cones that were the ‘zone’; teams only had to get one ball (far away) and put it on the disc cone (rather than as many as possible below)

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There’s an old(ish) teaching activity whereby you give students something to assemble (imagine blocks, legos, etc.). They are in groups with all of them blindfolded except for one. It is the guide’s job to instruct the others how to put it together.

I wanted to work on communication and I wondered if I could adapt this to soccer. The team had a blast doing this. In the end, I suspect it ended up being more bonding than communicating, but it did produce a fairly hilarious result.

You can adjust this however you want, but here’s what I did:

  • I made four end zones (cone squares maybe a yard square) equidistant from the balls in the middle
  • four even teams, each of which has and begins in a zone
  • the guide is chosen and the others lower their blindfold
  • those blindfolded spin five times (this was originally ten but one of my players told me she might get sick…)
  • then they’re off; they need to get as many balls from the middle as they can and put them in their own zone
  • they can pick the balls up, but some of them didn’t realize this and were dribbling the balls back; this produced one of the funniest moments: one player was dribbling and another was coming towards her; the one who was dribbling inadvertently put the ball in front of the one coming towards her and that second player, without any intention, just took that ball over

We did this for four rounds, each with a new guide. It basically got funnier and funnier as it went along. We had people wandering away, such that I had to tell their guides to save them; we had collisions (some of which were worrisome…?); we had a few skirmishes; etc.

So, as I said, very successful for a fun way to end practice, focus on team bonding, and communicate.

 
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Posted by on October 8, 2015 in (Team) Bonding, Communication, Fun