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I only had three games again last weekend; one Friday, one Saturday and one Sunday. The teams all played very well. It doesn’t always work out that way so it’s fun when it does.
We’re at the point in the season where I’m seeing the results of what we’ve worked on in training. It’s great to see them applying concept to games under pressure.
Now it’s time to add on to that. For me, that means spending more time in 1 v 1 and 2 v 2 environments to help the players develop solutions to the problems they face in the game.
They understand the framework that we’ve set up to play now they need to be able to improvise and create. I’ve talked about this in the past. Some coaches start with the skills and then work on the structure. I look at it the other way around. I want the player to understand how music is played before they start to improvise. I don’t think one way or the other is necessarily “Right”. This is just what has worked well for me over the years.
Today’s question comes from Alan. His question is getting forwards to work together.
Alan says, “I’m a girls high school JV coach and I have a senior and a freshmen forward who have never played together. They don’t pass to each other and try to dribble through two or more defenders. Any suggestions on how to fix this. Drills or exercises?”
Thanks for the question Alan!
I would suggest playing 2 v 1 and 2 v 2 games where your two forwards are paired together. Then they’re forced to play together in order to accomplish a common objective. I would also use pattern play to show them how they can work together to break down the defense. Hopeful forcing them to work together will show them how much more effective they can be together.
In This Episode
This week’s topic was suggested by a listener, Ryan. He suggested that I discuss “Game Coaching”. So I’ll share my game day process. I’ll discuss everything from how I prepare for games the night before to how I handle the post-game team talk.
This week’s episode was inspired by emails that I’ve received from coaches that send in suggestions. If you have a topic that you’d like to hear more about on the show, please let me know.
What are your latest thoughts on Play, Practice Play? Have you been using this concept this year? What ages?
I’m sorry I haven’t responded to your question earlier. I missed it until now.
I really like the Play Practice Play and so do my players. It works best for me during the second session of the week when I wan’t to see what the players learned from the last session and then choose the ‘Practice’ activities based on what I saw during the first ‘Play’ period.
I’ve used this structure with my U9 and U17 teams this year so I don’t see why you couldn’t use it with any age. With the older players I do have them go through a dynamic warm-up to make sure they are ready to move and not overstretch a cold muscle.
High School varsity boys team
1-What do you suggest to be said pregame after the starting line up is announced
2- at halftime
3- finally at the end of the game before warm downs?
After after before being let go
4- what would you say
5- finally the next day in practice..
This really isn’t a question I can answer. So much depends on your team and what is happening in the game.