I can’t seem to keep my players in their ‘position’ once the game starts. I have tried yelling at them; have had assistant coach yell at them and even their parents and nothing has worked. Do you have any suggestions?
Have your players go through the following steps:
Start by putting your players in their positions: Backs, Midfielders and Forwards – with substitutes next to the starters. Now, you (Coach) dribble the ball toward the opposing goal and stop occasionally – check and see if the players have moved the same distance as you and maintained the appropriate distance apart?
For the following practices, start as you did previously and do it several times going in the ONE direction. If you see that they are able to stay apart the appropriate distance while moving toward the opponents’ goal (one direction). Then begin to challenge them by dribbling forward, backward and from touchline to touchline. Again, be sure to Stop Often and check to be sure they moved and still held the appropriate distance. Increase and decrease your dribbling speed as they get better.
Eventually start adding opponents – but, only one (1) at a time. That’s right, should your team be playing 4, 7, 9 or 11 aside games. Then the Shadow Training would be 4 vs. 1; 7 vs. 1; 9 vs.1 and 11 vs. 1. Continue to add more opponents as they get better in keeping their positions but add only one (1) opponent at a time.
In the meantime you can make one immediate adjustment, do you realize what happens to anyone, including you, when they are ‘yelled-at’? Stop with the ‘yelling’ and start patiently practicing on positioning. You can only expect from your players in a game what they have mastered in your practices. And I wonder if your players have mastered all the basic Attacking & Defending Techniques?
Please let me know your progress as you patiently follow my suggested steps!
Koach Karl (Karl Dewazien)
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