Posts tagged ‘Technical’

Teaching Players to Turn with the Ball

This week’s Animated Drill Video features an exercise and progressions to teach your players to turn with the ball both without and with pressure.

The diagram is being created with our online Session Designer that is available through the Member Drills Database.

Please share your ideas for progressions or variations to train your players to turn with the ball in the comments section below.

Have a great week!

Tom

Technical 1 v 1 Game

This week’s Animated Drill Video describes fast paced and competitive exercise that incorporates every technical skill of the game except heading.

The diagram is being created with our online Session Designer that is available through the Member Drills Database.

Please share your ideas for progressions and variations in the comments section below.

Have a great week!

Tom

Passing by the Numbers

This week’s Animated Drill Video is of a passing pattern that can be used for a number of purposes. It’s a great technical passing exercise, it’s perfect for teaching some of the passing connections in a 4-3-3 and it can be a fitness exercises as well.

The diagram is being created with our online Session Designer that is available through the Member Drills Database.

Please share your ideas for progressions and variations in the comments section below.

Have a great week!

Tom

Six Cone Passing

This week’s Animated Drill Video is of a passing exercise that is great for teaching the technical components of passing and receiving. It progresses to include receiving in one direction and then passing in another. The pattern is also more functional that just passing and back and forth.

The diagram is being created with our online Session Designer that is available through the Member Drills Database.

Please share your ideas for progressions and variations in the comments section below.

Have a great week!

Tom

American Gladiators

This week’s Animated Drill Video looks at a great training environment for teaching players to keep the ball individually and in small groups under pressure. You can scale the game depending on the number of players you have regardless if you have even numbers or not.

The diagram is being created with our online Session Designer that is available through the Member Drills Database.

Please share your ideas for progressions and veriations in the comments section below.

Have a great week!

Tom

Barca Passing Pattern

This is a passing exercise that has an almost endless number of possible progressions and variations. I also like it because the movements of one play rely on what their teammate does. This kind of awareness is so important to the game but is missing from many exercises.

The diagram is being created with our online Session Designer that is available through the Member Drills Database.

Please share your ideas for patterns in the comments section below.

Have a great week!

Tom

The Cage – Improving Your Player’s First Touch

This week I share one of my favorite technical exercises. It’s a great environment for working on your player’s first touch. As your players improve you can challenge their ability to control the ball in a wide variety of circumstances.

The diagram is being created with our online Session Designer that is available through the Member Drills Database.

Please share your ideas for using the format or any other ideas for working on the all-important first touch in the comments section under this post.

Have a great week!

Tom

How to Start Your Shooting Sessions

One of the perks of being apart of WORLD CLASS COACHING is that I have access to a large library of training sessions from some of the top professional, collegiate, and youth coaches. We have published books and videos on every aspect and topic of coaching.

I often refer to our videos especially for new ways to approach topics to keep my coaching fresh and interesting to the players I work with. I think we’re all probably guilty of using the same few drills or exercises for a specific technique over and over. This can be a good thing because it allows us to focus on teaching the game rather than having to spend a lot of time teaching the drill. But changing things up on occasion can breath new life into a stale session and Continue reading ‘How to Start Your Shooting Sessions’ »

Repetitive Turning Exercise

I like using high energy, repetitive exercises for skill training. They engage the players and give them a lot of opportunities to practice a skill that we have worked on before.

One of my favorites is Tag Turning.

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Basic Pattern

  1. Two lines of players are facing each other
  2. One player has a ball (Player 3)
  3. A player from the opposite line starts in the middle (Player 1)
  4. Player 1 goes back toward his line and tags the next player (Player 2)
  5. Player 1 then checks back toward the ball and Player 3
  6. Player 2 follows closely behind
  7. Player 1 calls for the ball and Player 3 passes it to him
  8. Player 1 receives the ball and turns around Player 2 using one of the four turns taught earlier
  9. Player 2 then moves to tag Player 3 while Player 1 passes to Player 4 and the pattern continues

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Giving Players Confidence to Go 1 v 1

I’ve seen coaches run sessions that work on executing fakes and moves. Then when I watched the team play there was no sign of any moves. Why bother working on them if the players aren’t going to use them in the game?

If you ask players why they don’t try the moves in games they’ll tell you that they are afraid of making a mistake. That tells me that the coach has not built confidence to actually use the moves into his or her session.

It’s not complicated or difficult to build the confidence needed to use the moves in the game but as with all confidence it must be built on success.

This simple progression will help your players become more Continue reading ‘Giving Players Confidence to Go 1 v 1’ »