Was amazed the other day. The coaches of one my sons' teams had the kids practice some of the basics of one-on-one defending. Body positioning, how to shoulder tackle and when, how to slide and when, etc. My son thought the practice was really boring. Of course.
I on the other hand was thrilled... First time in many years I see this. For whatever reason nobody around here seems to care much about the basics of defending. Back in a different country and time I was drilled for hours on end re. how to defend (appropriately so - I was a defender). Yes - the game we love is all about the ball and what to do with it when you have it. But to to have the ball you need to win it. And a lot of that is done one-on-one against an opponent.
Question for the coaches reading this... Why did it take me 9-10 years of driving kids to practices to see a proper defensive practice for my kids? Meaning basic defending skills. Why not more of this?
Post by JumpJumpKeep311 on Aug 24, 2017 8:14:23 GMT -5
Wrong club(s) maybe? We spend at least 3 different weeks in a season going thru defending as part of our Academy Curriculum. One night is Defensive shape, jockeying, delay, deny, disrupt. The other night is defensive tackling, blocking, and making body contact. Depending on the age group we might add more weeks too.
But seriously, you answered your question with how your son responded. If it's boring coaches and clubs will start taking those things out. They can't risk losing players because "practice is so boring". My question is how many sessions does your club spend on scoring and finishing?
Post by Futsal Gawdess on Aug 25, 2017 13:12:15 GMT -5
For you coaches out there, I would like to know your opinion on not just defending but all the little things that Academy players should know. Why is it that it is more of an anomaly to see coaches teaching these little foundational skills? I hardly ever see any instruction on keys to defending, throwing, receiving the ball softly, corner kicks, spot kicks or free kicks, how to handle players faster, stronger or bigger? My spouse, myself and our siblings all grew up with soccer, so thankfully we are able to fill in the gaps. Is this where the private training fills the gap? I am curious to know what other parents do.
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