For the opening Nomads 2s session the primary aim was for players to get as much time on the ball as possible while still focusing on passing and movement.
The main drill used was variation 1 below. Please see the notes next to this for some information on the various coaching points
Training returns on 05/11/2014 from 7:30-8:30.
Next week will be slightly different with training sessions as follows
Monday 10th - 6:30-7:30
Wednesday 12th - 8:30-9:30
Players are welcome to attend both sessions if available.
With both basic and advanced skills covered by previous blog posts I thought it was time for a slight change and to instead focus on how you can get the most out of training as an individual.
Over my time playing various sports one of the biggest mistakes I have found that most players make is to fear making mistakes and trying to learn new skills. This can also be seen with players not being willing to experiment with the skills they already know to try and improve.
On many occasions this leads to players who perform the same skills in the same way year after year with minimal improvement. Training instead should be the time where you push the boundaries of your skill to find your limitations, by taking risks in training you also learn what options you can and cannot use in a game situation.
Through the above you build the confidence in your own ability that will help all round.
Another large thing that many players neglect is having a target, a good example is in shooting drills where players will hit shots at random. Although you can build skill and accuracy this way it is far more useful to instead try and pick a spot(bottom corner across goal etc). This allows you to look at the hit after to see if it actually went where planned. This makes it easier to find any technical issues as well as to build up accuracy.
Obviously in the quicker pace drills where you are looking to get a quick shot off looking after receiving the ball is too late so is one area where i would expect players to be pre-scanning before receiving the final pass. This will allow you to work out both where the goal is relative to your current position and also if the keeper has got their angles wrong and left a particular area of the goal free.
As the work at Les Quennevais is now complete all training sessions will now be there going forward. For this week it will be a 7:30pm start. Can you please have completed a warm up and be prepared to start as this time as I want to spend as much time adapting to the new pitch as possible ahead of the 1st games next weekend.
With the pitch at LQ not yet finished training continues this Wednesday from 7-8pm at Claremont field.
I will look at putting up some more training videos this week if possible although most skills areas have already been covered by previous posts.
The 1st training session of the Nomads season takes place at 18:30 at Claremont Field on Wednesday 20th August
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