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characteristics of u6 soccer players pre k kindergarten 1st grade

Characteristics of U6Soccer PlayersPre-K, Kindergarten, 1st Grade

Physical Development

Mental Development

Social Development

physical development
Physical Development
  • Movement Education Approach
  • Motor development starts with the head and moves downward to the feet, and from the center of the body outward.
  • Differences between boys & girls are minimal
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Physical Development
  • Easy fatigue, rapid recovery. HR around 90 bpm.
  • Need to explore qualities of rolling and bouncing ball.
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Physical Development

Fundamental movement skills

  • walking, running, leaping,
  • jumping, hopping.
  • bending, stretching,
  • twisting, pulling, pushing.
  • throwing,catching,
  • striking, kicking.
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In the Bleachers

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mental development
Mental Development
  • Play consists of a high degree of imagination and pretend activities.
  • Tend to only one task at a time in problem-solving situations.
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Cleats

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Mental Development
  • Process small bits of information at a time. Long sequential instructions are not processed.
  • Immature understanding of time and space relationships.
  • Rules must be simple.
social development
Social Development
  • Development of self-concept, body awareness, self-image through movement.
  • Egocentric, see world only from their perspective. Demonstrated through parallel play.
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Social Development
  • Need generous praise. Play without pressure.
  • May verbalize team, but does not understand group or collective play.
general characteristics of children u6
General Characteristics of Children U6
  • Short attention span
  • Most individually oriented (me, my, mine)
  • Constantly in motion
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General Characteristics of Children U6
  • Psychologically easily bruised
  • Little or no concern for team activities
  • Do believe in Santa Claus, but will not discuss with peers
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General Characteristics of Children U6
  • Physical & psychological development of boys & girls quite similar
  • Physical coordination immature
  • Eye hand and/or eye foot coordination most primitive at best
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General Characteristics of Children U6
  • Love to run, jump, roll & climb
  • Prefer large soft balls and nerf balls
  • Catching skills not developed
  • Can balance on good foot
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General Characteristics of Children U6
  • NO SENSE OF PACE - GO FLAT OUT!!!
typical u6 training session
Typical U6 Training Session
  • Should not exceed 60 minutes
  • Every child should have a ball
  • Warm-up includes movement education problems & soccernastics (approx. 20 min)
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Typical U6 Training Session
  • Games Activities, mostly of a body awareness type along with some maze games (20 min.)
  • Finish with 3v3 game to small goals, NO GK’s (20 min)
u6 tactical sign
U6 Tactical Sign

This Way or One Way

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?
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Coaching Activities Checklist
  • 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?