DOC's Coaches Corner
What a great start to the Fall season here in Wellesley. The opening weekend was full of great results and performances and lots of goals.
I have been seeing a lot of coaches before and after games and a few of the same questions keep popping up.
“ Coach, we seem to be scoring more goals than everyone” “ Coach, we have a stacked team. What do we do?”
These problems will arise as the season starts and as we continue throughout the Fall season. As coaches we are here to help develop players within the game. There are many things that we can do to help ensure that scores are not “run up”. Have a look at some of my suggestions below:
- GK should be changed frequently with stronger players in the game
- Left foot shots only
- All players should be in opposition half to score
- Add an extra player on the other team
- Reduce a player on the team with the higher score
- Make a set number of passes before scoring
These suggestions are not mandated, but please use your common sense if a game looks like it is going to go in that direction.
If you have any further ideas or questions feel free to contact me.
Have a great weekend and I look forward to seeing you on the fields
We recommend that all practice sessions follow the S.C.O.R.E. method:
SIMPLE. Stick to one theme during your practice session. Choose 2 or 3 core coaching points and reinforce them throughout the session.
CHALLENGING. Ensure that the players are posed problems that they need to find solutions to. Provide guidance and help when they need it.
ORGANISED. Plan every detail of your session - how many players, space and equipment. Ensure that your sessions have the appropriate pace and progression to challenge all of your players.
RELEVANT. Ensure that the exercises in your session are relevant to the game.
ENJOYABLE. The players should walk away from every practice having thoroughly enjoyed the session and learning at least one new aspect of the game.