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|Stage 2. Me, the ball and my friend (Learning to use the ball well)|
Focus at this stage should be on: (both sides of the body)
– Catching (low, body reach)
– kicking (bounce kick to punt)
– pick up (stationary ball)
Focus at this stage should be on:
– roll and jab lift (stationary ball)
– hand pass
– ground clash/ground block (hurl to hurl, get close
– ground strike/ground dribble
– bean bag balance on hurl
|– Develop the skill stationary first then progress to developing them on the move.
– Bilateral coordination introduced
|Physical||All FMS needs to be a focus and advanced at this age, Agility,
Balance, Co-ordination, running, jumping,
|Tactical||Introduction to gaining space using techniques; side step, dodge,
fake/ feint and then introduce pass/ shoot.
|Team play|| Advance the concept of being part of a team and introduce the importance of passing and playing in a team.
4 v 4 to a max 7 v 7 (e.g 20 players 4 teams of 5)
|Psycho/social||Develop positive values associated with sport (sharing, team work, fair play).
Develop and understand tolerance, working in small groups with different abilities. Introduce simple rules/ ethics accordingly.
Learn how to win and accepting of losing.
Learn to bring own water bottle.
|Coaching Style||Direct style,
Spot and Fix used for correction
Praise the Process as opposed to the outcome (‘great kicking’ as
opposed to ‘great goal.’)
|Player Characteristics||Keep physically active, give frequent breaks and changes in activity. They start to develop vision and awareness, looking up to pass or shoot (Playing with the head up).
Sensitive to criticism, coaches should focus on positive feedback. Lose concentration and easily distracted, coach should keep adapting.
|Equipment||Football/ Sliotar (Quick touch) one per player, cones, Bibs, portable goals/agility
Generic warm up for all, fun game for general mobilization and pulse raisers (e.g. Bulldog, tail-tag, stuck in the mud)
These should be working on Functional movement skills (FMS) and football skills equally
10 minutes of games conditioned to work on skills being taught in stations.
12 minutes to follow go games model (see appendix X). No’s 4 v 4 to a max 7 v 7
Book: Give us a game. Gerard O’Connor