Make your warm-ups more purposeful by using a clear focus while still activating the players' minds and bodies with a fun activity. MORE
Kids are not the only ones with short attention spans – all players get bored if they are repeating the same thing. There are different training strategies you can use to ensure your players stay focused by keeping your sessions active, enjoyable and purposeful.
1. Balance games and training
There are different ways to practise the same skills. Get a balance between competitive and non-competitive exercises and games. To get the best out of your players this balance should be more towards competitive exercises.
2 Training strategies
“Zigzag” training: Alternate between two different exercises, performing each for a short period of time before moving on. “Rotation” training: Move around a circuit of three or four different exercises spending a short time at each one before moving on. “Station” training: Split your squad into small groups who move around a series of stations where they perform a different exercise. You will need a coach at each station.
Speed between exercises maintains momentum. There are four ways to make sure this happens: Set up early, have all the equipment ready in the areas, have clearly defined spaces to work in and finally, keep all the areas close together.
Aim: Improve the accuracy of passing under pressure.
Warm up: Groups of three move around a 10m square passing a ball between them. Use the same exercise in a 5m square, then alternate between the two squares – 30 seconds in each.
Zigzag between these two activities, stop after each one and see if pairs have beaten their previous score.
Development activities: Rotate these three activities, spending three minutes at each then moving on.