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Last week’s episode on the qualities and habits of the world’s best coaches was the most popular episode we’ve had in a few months. If you missed it, I’d suggest that you go back and listen because there’s some great food for thought there.
We can all incorporate these qualities into our coaching and become much more effective and successful coaches.
This week’s question is from Dennis and concerns how his team defends. Dennis gave me some background about his U12 team and then asked:
“There is one huge aspect I am very uncertain of, and that is defense. We tend to use a man on man coverage, but continuously the kids don’t come back to help out or are marking them on the wrong side. They just seem to be relaxed in coverage and the urgency no matter what I do. I am just wondering if you can give me any advise as to. Should we switch to a zonal defence or if there is a way to create that importance. There doesn’t seem to be much info out there as to pros and cons of both styles of defence and how to properly carry them out.”
On the podcast I share my suggestions to Dennis about how he can develop a defensive attitude within his team.
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This week I share a shooting training session that I decided to do after seeing my players struggle with their balance while shooting and passing in our games last weekend.
I’ve shared a couple of shooting sessions in the past. In episode 23 I discussed a progressive shooting session. Just about a year ago I released episode 43 Great Shooting Activities for the Winter Months.
This episode includes different activities that focus specifically on the importance of balance in the shooting action.
Check the show notes below for the complete diagrams and descriptions in this session.
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After last week’s episode on the qualities and habits of great coaches I was emailed buy a coach who just finished a Masters Degree in Sports Coaching and he had some interesting things to say about the Player / Coach relationship. We’ve set up a time to talk so hopefully I’ll have that discussion for you on next week’s podcast.
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Hi Tom, thanks for this. I ran the session tonight with my U8s instead of a shooting practice we have done before. It worked very well, although we had to progress it a little faster than I would have liked due to shorter than ideal attention spans on the technical aspects. We’ll come back to it again to tweak their body positions.
Hi Will, it’s great to hear that it worked well for you. Try turning it into a contest next time. “Let’s see who has the best balance!” That will make it more like a game rather than work.