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U9 Youth Module Recreational License Presented By: Barrington Area Soccer Association in cooperation with IYSA. Program Philosophy. The Game in the Child Caution-Children at Play, Proceed with Care Educationally Grounded Developmentally Appropriate Activities Team Follows Player.

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Program philosophy

U9 Youth ModuleRecreational License Presented By:Barrington Area Soccer Association in cooperation with IYSA


Program philosophy

Program Philosophy

  • The Game in the Child

  • Caution-Children at Play, Proceed with Care

  • Educationally Grounded

  • Developmentally Appropriate Activities

  • Team Follows Player

Quinn & Fleck, 1995


Program philosophy

Player Development Model

Game

in the

Child

LEARNING

PLAYING

Player

Attributes

Organization

Culture & Context

Coach

Attributes

Quinn & Fleck, 1995


The game in the child

The Game in the Child

  • The youth soccer player is defined as any child playing soccer from pre-school through adolescence. It takes the approach that the GAME WITHIN EACH CHILD, is at the center of all beliefs, decisions, and actions taken by the child, coach, and organization. It is the ultimate goal of youth soccer development within the United States to unlock the game within each child to reach full soccer potential.

Quinn & Fleck, 1995


Program philosophy

  • Developmentally Appropriate

  • Clear, Concise, Correct Information - Brevity, Clarity, Relevance

  • Simple to Complex

  • Safe & Appropriate Training Area

  • Decision Making

  • Implications for the Game

Principles of Youth Coaching

Quinn & Fleck, 1995


No lines no laps no lectures

No LinesNo LapsNo Lectures

Quinn & Fleck, 1995


Characteristics of u9 children

Characteristics of U9 Children

Physical Development

Mental Development

Social Development


Physical development

Physical Development

  • Greater diversity in playing ability.

  • Physically mature individuals demonstrate stronger motor skills

  • More prone than adults to heat injury.

  • Affected by accelerated heat loss, increasing risk of hypothermia.

  • Boys and girls begin to develop separately.

  • Ability to stay physically active increased.


Mental development

Mental Development

  • Lengthened attention span, ability to sequence thought and actions.

  • Pace factor becoming developed – they are starting to think ahead.

  • Intrinsically motivated to play.

  • Demonstrate increased rescreativity:

    • bring ball and water to practice

    • tuck in jersey & pull socks up

    • “carry own stuff”

  • Repetitive technique very important, but it MUST BE DYNAMIC NOT STATIC!


Social development

Social Development

  • May initiate play on their own.

  • Continued positive reinforcement needed.

  • Explanations must still be brief, concise and purposeful.

  • Team identification important.

  • Peer pressure significant.

  • Adult outside of the family may take on added significance.


General characteristics of u9 children

General Characteristics of U9 Children

  • Lengthened attention span.

  • Team oriented.

  • Still in motion, but not as busy . . . Will hold still long enough for a short explanation.

  • Psychologically becoming more firm and confident.

  • Boys and girls beginning to develop separately.

  • Gross and small motor skills becoming much more refined.

  • Prefer team type balls and equipment.

  • PACE FACTOR BECOMING DEVELOPED - DO THINK AHEAD. Some are becoming serious about their play.

  • Enjoy the uniforms, team association.

  • Are now more inclined toward wanting to play rather than being told to play.


Typical u9 training session

Typical U9 Training Session

  • Should not exceed 1 hour and 15 min.

  • Warm-up, partner and small group activities, stretching. (15 min.)

  • Introduce small group activities (3-5 players).

  • Add more directional games. Play to targets and/or zones. (25 min.)

  • Conclude with small-sided game 5v5 with GK’s. (25 min.)

  • Finish with cool down activity (10 minutes)


Coaching methods

Coaching Methods

  • Coach = Facilitator

    • Makes the training player-centered

    • Asks guiding questions

    • Creates problem solving opportunities

    • Positively reinforces players

  • Simple to complex activities

    • Time

    • Space

    • Players


U9 tactical sign

U9 Tactical Sign

Awareness of Width & Direction


Coaching activities checklist

Coaching Activities Checklist

  • Are the activities fun?

  • Are the activities organized?

  • Are the players involved in the activities?

  • Is creativity and decision making being used?

  • Are the spaces used appropriate?

  • Is the coach’s feedback appropriate?

  • Is the coach guiding or controlling the players in the activity?

  • Are there implications for the game?


U8 tactical sign

U8 Tactical Sign

Change of Direction


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