10 Tips to make Training Sessions Easy and Fun
1. Minimize Lines
- Do you like waiting in lines at the shopping centre or at the bank. Well players are exactly the same. The biggest player hate is waiting in line. When there are drills which would mean full participation as well as gaining the same results why would you do so?
In these two drill descriptions which one would you personally like to do.
Drill 1- 12 gates are set up and players try to dribble through as many as possible in 5 minutes. Loss of control could be punished with push ups etc.
Drill 2- 5 cones are set up as players, one at a time dribble through them with the coach keeping there times on a stop watch.
Drill 1-Every player gets the full 5 minutes of the activity
Drill 2-Every player gets between 30 seconds to 2 minutes of the activity.
2. Have a Plan
- A day before a training session make sure you know what you are doing on the day and how you are going to do it. Firstly it you start the training session in charge and prepared. Secondly if you are stumbling for ideas in front of sixteen ten year olds you don’t look very professional and it almost seems like you don’t know what you are doing.
Tip-Bring Notebook to training session with planned drills inside. At the en of the session write down what worked well, what you would have changed as well as players who responded very well to one drill while others didn’t.
3. Be At Training Ground Early
-Before the players arrive for training have your cones set up for your drills, have your free kick training wall set up(if you are one of the lucky few who have one) as well as any other equipment which needs to be set up.
When your players arrive you get into the training session straight away so, firstly you don’t waste any precious time as well as leaving no time for the players to get unfocused.
Tip-Training Equipment such as Agility hurdles and speed ladders can be expensive but shop around online s you can normally find some really great deals. As well as this encourage your club to invest in them as I know my club Noranda has recently started buying them and the new amount of players being attracted is huge.
4. Avoid Elimination Games
-Try your best to avoid drills and training game where if he player loses they must sit out. This really knocks a player’s confidence down and may force them to dislike training or even football.
As well as this if a player is losing it shows they need more training and practise so what is the point of them sitting down.
5. Get everyone Involved in Games
- To do this you should use small sided games. In small sided games, along with restricted touches or time on the ball, every player gets to touch the ball in every attack. Players get more touches, then they would in an eleven a side for example, therefore more chances to try newly found skills in a game situation.
Tip-5vs5 is really the maximum for a small sided game. Also try to regulate pitch and goal size to the amount of player playing or the exercise proves useless.
6. Match exercises with Player ability
- When you are planning a training session or creating a new drill, pick a skill to improve (eg-Passing, Ball control). Start with the basics and then as your players start to improve on the drill improve difficulty. When you are satisfied your players know the skill well, try to get your players then using it in regulated game situations.
Tip-Integrate skills in warm up as well as progressing the drills with added pressure (such as hitting the ball between set of cones).
7. Encourage Players to Arrive to Training Early
- Encourage players to be at training early by putting the last person to arrive on ‘Pack up Duty’. This means that he must pick up all cones and help with packing up gear at the end of the training session.
Tip-Give ‘Pack up Duty’ as well for players who don’t wear shin pads or boots to training sessions.
8. Keep Things Simple
- Don’t over explain or use big words to explain drills. Use simple words and show an example. This will mean less confusion or loss of interest from players.
9. Keep Positive
-If you are having a hard time or too tired to be a coach today stay positive. Don’t show any signs or tiredness or anger to players as they will expose it. So what I’m saying it ‘Fake It’.
10. If a Drill isn’t working scrap it
- If players aren’t responding to a certain drill change it and if needed even scrap it altogether.
I hope with these tips you can improve as a coach and make training more fun and rewarding for you players.