[Coach Randle] Day 1 in Barcelona

So I just finished my first day here in Spain…What a great experience!…It’s good to go to a place where I don’t get beat up and ridiculed for the way I train…a place that understands me…or shall I say, a place that I understand…

It’s funny…here we have coaches from Finland, Poland, Estonia, Spain and lonely me from the United States…yup, the only country with just one representative…but that is ok, it only takes one to start a movement…

Speaking with the Polish coaches I see a lot of similarities with the United States…Their biggest challenge is how they are going to take this methodology back to Poland and implement it…how are they going to get other Polish coaches to accept it…it is so farfetched from what they do there that they are bound to get laughed at and ridiculed…all I could do to comfort them was tell them I know exactly what you are going through…

So today we had a classroom section followed by an on field practical session with the kids…the topic was U10 Individual Tactical Intentions…Now when you see the word individual, you are probably thinking it was some isolated analytical type exercise to illicit the desire outcome…not even close…

To keep it simple, individual tactical intentions are merely the foundations skills and situations that kids U10 need to be able to perceive, analyze and execute on the field…

Many of the concepts here are the same areas I have been focusing on with my U9 girls over the past 12 months…

OFFENSIVE

Before You Receive the Ball

  1.  Seeking out a logical position on the field where you can receive a pass from a teammate without crowding their space.  For those of you that have been to a training session of mine, I call this “Line of Sight”
  2. Targeting your body properly so that you can see the whole field…I call this “Proper Body Orientation”

Receiving the Ball

  1. Move to the ball so the opponent doesn’t have a chance to step in…I call this “Attacking the Ball”
  2. Using the body to protect the space and the ball…I call this “Shielding”

 

First Touch

  1. Using both legs to control the ball…I call this “Receiving with the foot furthest from the ball”
  2. Guiding the ball into an advantageous direction…I call this “Touching the ball into space”

 

Dribbling for Penetration

  1. Use both legs when dribbling for penetration depending on how the ball was received and where the defender is…(This is one concept that I have failed to address in my trainings…it will be incorporated immediately)
  2. Keep the head up while dribbling…I always tell my kids, “Look up every 2 or 3 touches to see the field”…
  3. Change direction of the ball with one touch…This is something that I continue to drive home to my kids…It’s not about the fancy tricks…you only need two moves in this game…a push to the inside and a cut to the outside…besides that it’s all about changing speed and direction…those that change direction in one swoop are king!

 

Passing for Penetration

  1. Teaching kids to look up and pass to their teammates when dribbling isn’t an option
  2. Teaching kids to take the advantageous pass, even when they have space to dribble

 

Defending Ball Possession

  1. A player must step up and defend the ball possessor and not dive in…their big “AHA” statement here for me is to tell the kids to protect the space behind them, not in front of them…if you dive or slide, you are trying to protect the space in front of you…I call this “Pressure, Angle, Distance (PAD)…you pressure the ball, angle your body to make the player go one way, and keep the proper distance so you don’t get beat…when the player makes a mistake, that’s when you steal the ball…
  2. If you get beat you must keep on defending…I call this “Recovering”…You recover to stay with the opponent, or if your cover helps out, you recover to a position to cover for your cover…

 

Defending Away from the Ball

  1.  Make sure your body is oriented so that you can see the ball and players off the ball…I tell my players that they need to see three things at all times…”The teammate they are covering for, the players or marks in their zones, and as much of the rest of the field as possible”
  2. Understand that when defending far from the goal the cover space can be looser…when we are close to our own goal the cover space has to be reduced…
  3. Defensive triangle…basics of the pressure and cover scenario…the point of the triangle is the pressure player and the two corners are the cover players…doesn’t work that way in all instances but the concept will help them understand…

So how do we get this across to our players…we take one of the concept above at a time and we focus on it for the training…we only correct what is being focused on…why, because if we start to correct everything, the kids will be overwhelmed and they will learn nothing…

We teach these concepts in a game environment so the kids are constantly “Perceiving – Analyzing – & Executing”…when they make mistakes we don’t bark orders at them…we ask them open ended questions they have to come up with the answers to…

Why did you receive the ball that way?

How could you have received the ball in order to keep it from the defender?

What can you do next time to keep the defender from stepping in?

By turning your body that way, how did it put you at a disadvantage?

We call this guided discovery…it is a slower process of learning but it is permanent…

Well folks, Coach Randle is exhausted…time to go to bed…I will be back tomorrow to recap day 2….tomorrow we will go over “Tactical Intentions U10 team” and “Tactical Intentions U12 Individual”…

See you then,

Coach Randle

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