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Soccer Parents KICK, May 2004 -- Soccer Goal Plans!
May 05, 2004
Here's the latest and greatest for soccer parents at large. Enjoy! Table of Contents 1. Editor’s Corner Kick
2. The Laws of The Game – Law 1
3. Soccer Game: 3 v 1 Passing
4. A New Soccer Goal Plan
1. Editor’s Corner Kick Well, Spring soccer is over here. Even local high school soccer is over as far as I’m concerned as a referee. Baseball is now in full swing – literally! How about you? Drop me a line and tell me when your soccer season starts and stops. It would help me immensely in targeting the newsletter content throughout the year. THANKS! On another note, MLS is back! And even better is that ESPN2 will be televising a game every Saturday throughout the season. You can find a schedule here. Get your child involved in watching MLS, a great way to learn more about soccer. To find more soccer on tv, try my Soccer on TV page. Final note - I still have a survey running on people’s favorite national team. Vote for your favorite team now!
2. The Laws of The Game – Law 1 Law 1 is titled “The Field of Play”. I’m only going to discuss one part of this law today - Goals. First, the mostly obvious
3. Soccer Game: 3 v 1 Passing Here is another good game for working on passing and receiving, space (the final frontier), and the evil passing shadow. It is identical to the 5 v 1 game from the last newsletter but the smaller numbers make it more difficult and require a bit more movement. A good progression during practice would be to introduce the passing shadow in the 5 v 1 game and then progress up to the 3 v 1 game. Three Against One in a Square
This game can be found on Page 50 of Organizing Your Youth Soccer Team. Equipment: 1 ball, 4 cones
Area Size: 10 x 10 meters Organization Three players move around the outside boundaries of the square and one player chases them. The three players should pass among themselves so that the one in the middle can’t reach the ball. Let one player chase for one minute. Count how many times he or she breaks up the play or touches the ball during this time. Then let the others try to improve on that performance. Vary the setup by changing the player in the middle as soon as he or she breaks up a play and gets control or forces one player to make a bad pass. Instructions Stress the importance of the two passing receivers moving out of the shadow to offer passing alternatives on both sides of the opposing player. To simplify this exercise, in the beginning you can instruct the player in the middle to walk, not run.
Help for Parents – Learn Soccer the Easy Way
Are you still struggling to learn the game? Still don’t understand the basic rules? Are you guessing about the proper techniques for passing and shooting a soccer ball? Don’t know how to teach the kids to play in different areas of the field? I have a godsend for you - The Clueless Parents 3-Pack. It will cover all of these basics and much, much more. Do yourself a favor and CHECK IT OUT!
************************* 4. A New Soccer Goal Plan I recently received this email message: I have pipe, and am wishing to build some moveable goals (not sunk in cement). I replied with an idea I’ve been contemplating for steel pipe. ( on hindsight maybe he was talking about PVC pipe. Oh well) This plan hasn’t been field tested so I would love to know how it works and any improvement ideas, pictures, etc. Actually it might work with PVC if you can find the schedule 10 pipe. I think, however, that it would probably not hold up with this design. Anyway, here it is. MATERIALS This material list is more or less for a 6’ x 12’ goal. I haven’t made allowances for the elbows and unions so you may want to take off 1-2 inches from the 6’ sections or even better measure the fittings to get exact. For a larger goal just add length to the 1 ½” pipe sections.
Pass It On - Feel free to KICK the newsletter downfield to any friends, parents, or coaches who could use the information.
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