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Practice Sessions

Rec Coaches Training
Coaching Director, Dan Kapsalis is available for any questions or suggested fun practice activities, games and training tips. This is a great opportunity to learn from the experts how to run practices and games.

5U/6U Rec Training Plans

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In order to make practices run smoothly and be fun, it is important for us to have a basic understanding of the intellectual, emotional and physical developmental stage of the players we are coaching. Here are some typical characteristics of the Under 6 player.

  • Focused on themselves – reality to them is based on what they see and feel
  • Unable to see the world from another’s perspective 
  • Everything is in the here and now
  • Cooling systems are less efficient - need frequent water breaks 
  • Enjoy playing, not watching. Every player should have a ball in practice
  • Limited attention span - keep directions concise and to the point
  • Effort is performance – if they try hard, they are doing well
  • Active imaginations – utilize their imagination in activities, and they will love practice!
  • Look for adult approval – be encouraging when they say “Coach, look what I can do!”
  • Unable to think abstractly – spatial relationships are a mystery 
  • Typically have 2 speeds -- extremely fast and stopped
  • Usually unaware of game scores – keep it that way

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Principles of 6u's 

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7U/8U Rec Training Plans

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In order to make practices run smoothly and be fun, it is important to have a basic understanding of the intellectual, emotional, and physical developmental stage of the players we are coaching. Here are some typical characteristics of the Under 8 player:

  • Enjoy playing in pairs
  • Are now able to take another’s perspective.
  • Still unable to think abstractly – be patient.
  • Cooling system still less efficient than adults – still make sure to give frequent water breaks.
  • Still prefer playing to watching – keep everyone active during practice.
  • Limited attention span
  • Have an understanding of time and sequence – “if I do this, then that happens”.
  • Some now have a third or fourth speed in addition to stopped and as fast as possible.
  • Very aware of adult reactions – be very aware of your reactions.
  • Seek out adult approval and need reassurance – be supportive.
  • Begin to become aware of peer perception – a social order is beginning to develop.
  • Wide range of abilities between children at this age
  • Beginning to develop motor memories
  • Some become more competitive
  • Less active imaginations than U6 players

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Principles of 8U's 

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10U/12U Rec Training Plans

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In order to make practices run smoothly and be fun, it is important to have a basic understanding of the intellectual, emotional, and physical developmental stage of the players we are coaching. Here are some typical characteristics of the Under 10 player:

  • Attention span lengthens and they start to show the ability to sequence thoughts and actions.
  • Players start to think ahead and think “If this, then that”
  • Players are more inclined towards wanting to play soccer rather than being told to play
  • Demonstrate increased self-responsibility
  • Players start to recognize fundamental tactical concepts
  • Begin to become aware of peer pressure.
  • Players affiliate with their team or their coach
  • There is a wide continuum of maturity evident on most teams.
  • U10 is still a crucial age for technical skill development.

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