Warm ups:With such little time available to train youth soccer players, EVERY minute of your practice should involve some form of SOCCER training. Being prepared really helps with proper warm ups. The warm up section of your practice should include not only ball touches, but player movement as well. Have a series of drill stations set up that keep all players moving and not waiting in line. Focus on dribbling, moves and passing. Instead of your players standing in a circle passing the ball, make them move.
Have them touch the ball to the middle of the circle, pass and replace the player they just passed to. Then instead of just one ball, add two or three balls so that it becomes andldquo;mayhemandrdquo; in the circle. Eyes will be watching every direction and players canandrsquo;t stand still for more than 5 seconds. After 5 andndash; 10 minutes all will be breathing hard and be tired. Now is the time for a good stretch.
Punitive exercise:Youth players should NEVER be told to run laps or perform physical exercises for misbehaving or breaking rules. This is the time for a CALM, non-embarrassing talk about the behavior. We should let the player know that their behavior is taking away from other playersandrsquo; training and it should be corrected. If the behavior continues after the talk then players should sit out on more fun activities like scrimmages and small sided games. Let the player know youandrsquo;re not angry, but the bad behavior needs to have some repercussions. Teaching a soccer player that running is a andldquo;negativeandrdquo; is a huge mistake.