Coaching a Young Sports Team

<p>Anyone have any experience with this. I'm coaching my cousins U7/U8 soccer team this summer. We won our first game 11-1 and that was after I pulled back the dogs.</p>

<p>Anyone know any good drills or just general advice for coaching a bunch of little girls? Any advice can't hurt</p>

<p>Watch Kicking and Screaming w/ Will Ferrell</p>

<p>I coached a girl’s cheer team for my city’s youth football program, it was for girls 1st through 8th grade and I did it for 3 years.</p>

<p>Obviously the drills and such are completely different for soccer but my biggest advice of working with young girls is to keep practice fun and keep their attention. </p>

<p>The first half of the first season I coached was a little harder because I had to figure this out the hard way. The younger ones (1st-3rd grade) need a break or an activity change every 15-30 minutes (depending on what you’re doing), otherwise they’ll lose focus, get tired or bored, or think you’re a mean coach because you go too long without a break. The middle ones (4th-6th grade) are preoccupied with lunchroom gossip and if you don’t shift up the practice every 30 minutes or so they too will lose focus, but instead of whining about it they’ll turn to the girl next to them and start chatting. And for older girls (7th-8th grade) I actually don’t recommend taking too many breaks. They can handle longer practices and if you let them sit on break for more than 5 minutes they’re all busy texting and they “need water” again in 5 minutes to check their phones.</p>

<p>Also, I always had something at the end of practice like stunting(cheer) or a fun game or something the last 5-10 minutes. That way they had something to look forward to during practice (and if they’re goofing off you can threaten to not play the game), and the younger girls will be more excited about coming back to practice the next time because instead of remembering the conditioning drills, the last thing in their mind is having fun.</p>

<p>Anyway, that’s my 2 cents…good luck!</p>

<p>hmm …</p>

<h1>1) Remember this is supposed to be fun for them … everyone should play pretty much the same time … and everyone at that age should play all positions</h1>

<h1>2) Avoid the 3 Ls … laps, lines, and lecture. If you’re thinking about doing any drill with one kid at a time rethink the drill so they all can do it at once</h1>

<h1>3) At this age it is all about the kids getting a ton of touches with the ball … do not worry about preparing for games at all … work on developing skills</h1>

<h1>4) Whatever drills you do spend an equal amount of time on both their left and right feet</h1>

<h1>5) Work seperately on dribbling, passing, and shooting.</h1>

<h1>6) The secret to success with little kids is designing small sided games as a platform for them to learn the game … so split your squad into smaller groups to play 2v2 or 3v3 games in training … having them all play at once 6v6 (or so) is not nearly as effective.</h1>

<h1>7) If this all sounds like a foreign language to use I’d suggest looking on the interent for coaching tips/videos showing small sided games / drills for young players. Here is one link that might help … [Soccer</a> Coaching Tips For New Soccer Coaches](<a href=“]Soccer”>Soccer Coaching Tips For New Soccer Coaches)</h1>

<p>Good luck!</p>

<p>No, not a foreign language at all. I mean, I’ve been playing since I was 4 but I just wanted to hear other peoples opinions on this. I’ll have to try to small 3v3 games one.</p>