2013-2014 Fall League
Early Bird rates until Jun 17th.
The following is a list of excellent coaching resources for all levels of players at Lakehill Soccer.
by Neil Sedgwick & Steve Simonson - Highlanders Academy, Victoria Highlanders FC
Perhaps you have played and coached for a very long time and you already have your season planned. Well this handbook may provide you with one or two new ideas to add to your repertoire. You will find this handbook divided into three parts. First, the ‘FUNdamental Technical Objectives’ will provide you with a skeleton of the exercses which we will run through in our practical, hands-on (feet-on) session. Second, the ‘Coaxing with FUNdamental Games’ will give you a number of training sessions and games designed for your use. Third, ‘Bits and Bites on FUNdamentals’ will give you a few thoughts on development and coaching practices. These three combined should provide you with a running start to your season’s practice sessions.
The goal of this program is grounded in individual games and creative play. The majority of activities centre on learning movement concepts (running, jumping, kicking, catching, etc.) as they relate specifically to soccer. Emphasis is also placed on play in small groups. The games are simple, easily taught and not demanding of skills. As children mature, they enjoy participation in running, tag and ball games. That is what this handbook provides. Few team activities are included and the ball games require the skills of throwing, catching, dribbling, passing and shooting.
The Highlanders’ Long Term Player Development Model progressively graduates players through the stages of technical development, helping them put in place prerequisite techniques before moving to the next level of performance. If you have these tools by age 14, your ability to work on varied tactics becomes greatly enhanced. In soccer organized by age group alone, and this is no slight on clubs because they have to be organized by age groups, players are matched with the potential for wide variances in competencies. In this model the challenge for top players is limited, and less competent players will only progress if they are highly motivated.
Neil Sedgwick and the Highlander's Techincal Staff have offered to share their online coaching materieal including videos of techniques and drills to help our coaches learn and demonstrate and teach the fundemental skills performed by our players. Thanks go out to the Highlander's technical staff for creating this material.
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Lakehill FC's Coach & Player Development website
Within this website's pages are coach and player resources to foster soccer development at every level. We hope you'll take the time to explore this useful resource.