2007-04-24

Week 4 practice plan

Skills to focus on this week include heading, winning 50-50 balls, and passing.

  1. Juggling and passing warmup: Use your head!

  2. Heading intro: Push the ball against your forehead. Close your jaws tight. Use your neck muscles to push against the ball.

  3. 2v2 or 3v3 head volleyball: Players line up a few yards apart from each other. Serve by tossing the ball to an opponent's head. Volley the ball by heading it back and forth. Score by heading the ball over the opposing team so it can't be returned. Variation: try to get more consecutive headers than another group.

  4. 5 Goal Game: 4v4+2; or N+1 goal game, with NvN+2, where N is the number of players per side.

  5. Four-squares passing: For this game and the following games, award extra points for passing, receiving, or scoring with your head. To encourage winning 50-50 balls, whenever the ball goes out of play, the coach tosses a new ball onto the field.

  6. Triangle goal game: This game leads to denser defense and gives the goalkeeper some practice.

  7. 8v8

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