Coaching Practice Structures to Assist in Teaching Your Playing Philosophy
- Unopposed practice with the emphasis on the development of a game technique.
- Challenges to the development of techniques maybe gradually introduced in the form of increased or decreased time, area, target and degree of difficulty of task.
- The degree of difficulty will depend on the standard of player performance and rate of improvement.
- Repetitive technical practice should be employed (at any age and stage of development) to hone muscle memory, enhance technical decision-making, develop and refine ball contact precision.
- There is a need to move from technical (constant) practice towards decision-making (variable and random) practice to develop understanding.
Example: Basic Dribbling & Passing on the Move
- Opposed practice with the emphasis on developing the bond between technique and decision-making.
- Practice contains objectives for all players derived from the technical theme.
- Appropriate areas, numbers of players involved and imposed conditions will vary around the skill theme for development.
- All players should be set realistic targets; it is expected that all players will perform realistically.
Example: Basic Ball Retention
- A directional game/practice involving goalkeepers in teams less than 11-a-side.
- Can be used by the coach to work technically or tactically, and is ideal for developing the principles of play and team understanding.
- Working areas are adapted to meet the session requirements, along with the needs and number of players involved.
- Official game rules are applied, although some may (and are often) modified.
- The coach will usually work with one team and on one theme.
Recommend: 9v9 on 80x55yds (system and area to suit needs of practice)