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Old 03-21-2011, 11:48 PM   #11
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First practice down. It went really well. I fumbled a little but nothing the girls were that worried about.

The parents are all good and we know most of them from last season. My assistant coach has played for 14 years so she knows quite a bit thank god.

Now on to planning for Thursdays practice I think we are going to work on passing.
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Tango, after you have assessed your kids level in passing there are a few things you can do. If they are new, two parallel lines, about 8 yards across from each other, and just inside the foot back and forth. If they can do it well, challenge them with two touch. One touch to set the pass up, and the second to pass it back. If they can do that, one touch back and forth.

If they can long pass (done with the toe of the passing foot pointed down and in so the ball is struck on the laces of the boot) take groups of three, and have them execute two long passes and a short pass over and over. Besides the skill, the players have to think about moving around so the third and short pass is possible, A little conditioning thrown in here also. You can breatk the entire team up into groups of three and all work on it at once.

For a scrimmage, you have the two teams, and randomly put several pairs of cones wit each pair about one yard apart on your practice area. One ball, or two to get them thinking. To score a player from team A has to pass through a pair of cones to a teammate. They can pass to get to the cone or dribble. Again two balls will make them think tactically, and not let a lot of them stand around and watch.

If they can do these well, a great game is two teams of five players each in a two boxes about 20 to 25 yards apart. Box A kicks the ball to the players in Box B. Box B has to receive the ball and make 5 passes before Box A takes it away or kicks it away. to be successful the first girl will have to use some part of her body to take the initial kick and play it to a teammate. That teammate will have to be ready to one touch it to another. They probably won't be successful, if they are shorten the distance. If it is two easy for A, lengthen the distance between the boxes. Make the receiving box about 15 yards square. Again that can vary to change the game around a little.

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My daughters coach last year did everything in lines and none of the girls behind the 1 one would pay attention.
This is where you blow your whistle, then randomly select 3 of the girls not paying attention and have them run 2 laps while dribbling and passing a ball.

Pretty soon everyone will pay attention or they will end up running twice as much as a normal practice. The girls will figure it out.
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My advice every drill you do is make sure they have a ball at their feet. When you play a game in training do not allow them to touch the ball more than twice before they pass it. Two touch football is one of the best ways to encourage pass and run which is the basis of the modern game.
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