We all know the importance of practice when it comes to perfecting our skills. This is very true when it comes to perfecting soccer skills. Kids are always looking for trying something new and would prefer to learn something new rather than the practice the skills taught already. However the key to perfecting those skills is regular practice and you must ensure that they practice previously taught skills on a regular basis.
Keeping the kids from getting bored with repeated practice of the same skills is a challenge and here are some tips to make those practice sessions interesting and readily acceptable to the kids.
1. If you want the kids to be disciplined and purposeful with their practice sessions, you have to show them the way by setting an example. Kids observe and follow what you do. So organize the sessions properly, be punctual on the field, display your talent and give equal opportunity for everyone to learn from you. Winning the trust and respect of your students in this way is important for effective learning.
2. Tell the kids to get their own ball to the field every day. It is important for each kid to have a ball during training. Keep a few spare balls with you in case a few of the kids turn up without one.
3. Some moves and tactics such as kicking, dribbling, throwing and passing have to be practiced on a daily basis as they are the basic skills of the game. It is important that you ensure that every kid practices these daily. While some are enthusiastic about this, others may need a little persuasion from you.
4. While soccer drills are important, it is also very important to have more games during practice. The real test of a player’s skill is his ability to use them effectively in a game. Games allow you to observe the player’s skills in action, try out new things while keeping the emphasis on soccer.
5. The success of any team depends on teamwork and discipline. Kids will make mistakes and will have a tendency to fall out of line. Any discipline violations whether minor or major should be discussed with the kids involved and rectified. Discipline is an area where the kids will need your counseling skills.
6. While you keep a watch over the game and everyone’s performance, keep an eye out for players who are not actively taking part. It is important that everybody takes active part in the game. If you notice players who are a bit hesitant to do so, talk to them about the importance of their role and their positions. Encourage them to take responsibility for their roles and positions.
7. To make the team’s defense strong it is important to practice scrimmage, but it is easy to overdo it. Around 20 minutes towards the end of the game is more than enough for scrimmage and do it without a goal keeper so that the players learn to defend without relying on him.
8. Innovation is the hallmark of a good instructor. Innovation also helps keep the interest of the players. So always be on the lookout for new methods and tactics and don’t hesitate to try them out in the games.
Incorporate the above tips in your soccer training sessions. They will surely help the kids in picking up and perfecting their skills in minimal time. You will find many more resources such as this in our youth soccer coaching community. Register without delay to ensure that you and your team get the maximum benefit from them. Do this and you will see your team’s performance get better and better with each practice session.