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My teams were supposed to play their first games after the winter break last week. The goal of those game was to prepare for the US Youth Futsal Regional tournament this weekend. Unfortunately, all but one of my games were canceled because of a winter storm that moved in on Saturday morning. So we’ll play our first games since the winter break in a tournament this weekend. It’ll be interesting to see how the teams perform.
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” I coach at a local club in MD predominantly in the U9-12 age bands. Our club emphasizes technique more than anything else from 8 to 12, but I’ve noticed a huge issue with all of our kids: Ball striking. It’s atrocious and it seems to be getting worse on a year to year basis. We don’t have very good facilities (fields and goals ), but that can’t be the only reason for such poor ball striking.
Our opponents are almost always better ball strikers in terms of power and accuracy, and every team has a couple of excellent ball strikers. I just watched some of the better teams in Region I play in a tournament, and all the kids on those teams were good ball strikers.
Although I’m a student of the game, I have not found a “holy grail” for teaching these groups ball striking. We currently have about 40 kids in the U10 age band and we train together as one big group. This is the worst group of ball strikers I’ve seen in 10 years.
Hope you or your listeners have some ideas I could use to help our kids! “
Thanks for your question Jose!
I was just speaking to our DA Director about this the other day. He also feels that ball striking is a major issue in our club. The issue, in my opinion, is getting players to train on their own. If they’re not training on their own then they’re really not interested in getting better and nothing we do in two practices per week is going to change that.
That’s sounds pretty doom-and-gloom doesn’t it?
Once the players understand the basic principles involved in striking a ball the rest is repetition. I use the session I described in episode #23 A Progressive Shooting Session to teach the basic principles. The players that get the most out of that are the ones that take that information and use it in their practice at home.
The goal for me is to find a way to nurture a culture of individual practice. That’s the solution in my opinion. The question then becomes – How? Unfortunately, I’m not at all close to a solution there. The plan is to research the topic and see how we can do it. I’ll be happy to share it when we do but there’s no telling how long that will be.
In this Episode
Last week I described why I think reflection is so powerful. This week my focus is how to take that information and use it to create a personal development plan.
I’m working on setting up a coaching conversation for next week that I think will be very interesting. He brings a perspective that I think we could all benefit from hearing.