Friday, April 20, 2007
Youth Soccer in Ypsi
I started coaching the kids' soccer teams this week. It was hilarious. They use a size 3 ball and their little shin-guards and shoes are so cute. They play 4v4 & don't have throw-ins, but rather kick-ins like indoor which seemed to oddly piss some of them off. Both of my kids have a couple friends & their respective teams and they've been excited all week. In fact A has been on me today to go back to the park & kick around a bit. The practice went from 6:00-7:00 & we worked primarily on the idea of passing the ball and trapping it. They did line drills for a little while which they found so confusing. In line drills, the concept is that there are two lines of people & the first person passes the ball to the other line and then runs to the end of that line. I thought it a rather simple concept, but the 5 year olds were a bit lost for a while. They eventually got it, just in time to stop & scrimmage. I divided them into two teams, 5v5, & they all just followed the ball. I think by the end though I got most of them to understand the benefits of spreading out. We'll practice again next week and then the first game is the following Saturday. I imagine that by the end of the season I'll have these kids kicking ass. I'll keep you all informed.