GK Tip of the Week
Updated: Feb 24
Mother Nature continues to make this soccer season challenging. You all did an amazing job of adapting and overcoming the obstacles left behind by all the rain last weekend. Despite the muddy conditions, we saw lots of fun and laughter happening on the GK fields.
This weekend's forecast is looking as messy as last weekend. In this week's TOTW we have included some ideas on how to handle field conditions and low player turnout.
If your field has standing water or excessive mud, we can help you find another field. If you know another field is empty, go ahead and move. If you need help, we will be there to help you find a field. If we can't find an open field, we can pair you with another team for the day.
If you find you only have 3 or 4 players show up for your session, combine with another team that has a low turnout. A larger group will make it easier to keep the players engaged and entertained.
Ball handling is tricky on soft and muddy fields. Find games that don't require complicated foot skills. Consider playing games like Tom & Jerry, Sharks & Minnows, Follow the Leader or Red Light Green Light. Those games don't require players cutting back and forth with the ball.
If field conditions are poor, you can start your scrimmage earlier to get players moving. If you have a low player count, try some of these things:
Merge with another team and play with them. Just make sure that by combining you're not leaving players sitting out.
If you have parents willing to get dirty, have your players scrimmage against parents and coaches. Make sure you always have multiple balls in play to get all players touching the ball as much as possible.
If you abandon the skills session before the 30-minute mark, keep in mind that your scrimmage might go too long for the kids. If your scrimmage will be 40+ minutes, you might want to break up the time. Start by having the kids scrimmage each other, give them a quick water break and then invite the parents to join. Doing this will keep the kids engaged. Even in this format, have multiple soccer balls going.
If you get your parents involved in the games/scrimmages, remind them that they are out there to give the kids a challenge in a fun way. They should put enough "fake pressure" on them to give them a challenge, but the kids should ultimately win by working the ball around the parents.
I am adding a new game for everyone this week. If the weather is as poor as is predicted, you may want to wait until next week to try something new and just stick to the old reliable games in your bag of tricks.
This week's Game - Raid the Castle
Roland Dudney (508) 527-8023 Scott D'Entremont (617) 710-7584 NASA Director of Coaching