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The teaching part of the training has three distinct phases:

Individual/Fundamental:

Players working individually or in pairs on desired technical or tactical topics. Use this phase to reinforce fundamental technical skills and start coaching your topic when you move to the small and large group phases. Progress your activities from low to high pressure. Start slowly and gradually increase the speed at which the skills are performed. 1v1 and 2v2 games are ideal in this phase.

Small Group/Match Related:

This is the phase of training where coaches need to show the greatest amount of creativity. Here we create competitive games (usually 2v2 to 6v6) that have imposed conditions/restrictions that allow the team to easily learn and experiment with the chosen topic. Players are under increasing pressure when compared to the individual phase. Small sided games are the preferred method of teaching in this phase.

Large Group/Match Conditions:

Bearing in mind what was said earlier about large sided games, we now let the game be the teacher. You should be aiming to create fun, competitive games, 6v6 up to 11v11. Remember, the smaller the number of players in a game, the more each player gets to touch the ball and practice what they have learned earlier in the session. This is also an opportunity for coaches to watch and evaluate their team’s performance under match like conditions.

Teaching Plyometrics training

Plyometric Agility Hurdles

Plyometric – exercise without weights or machines

Many athletes use plyometric drills or exercises on a regular basis in their training. Plyometric, or plyos, are specific, specialized motions performed at a high level of intensity which help develop athletic power.

It is the intersection of strength and speed an athlete calls upon in the heat of competition. Plyometrics typically involve bounding, hopping and jumping, or some combination of the three.

Although plyometrics can benefit an athlete at any level, it’s important to keep in mind they are specialized movements which require an athlete to have a base level of conditioning and leg strength capable of handling the explosive movements.

Anyone performing plyometric drills should be sure to warm up properly and begin gradually, building up from smaller jumps and bounds to more pronounced movements. It’s also important to wear proper footwear and to perform plyometrics on a soft or cushioned surface.

One common plyometric exercise is box drills -- jumping off a box and then rebounding off the floor onto another box of a different height.

A lower-impact way to begin incorporating plyometrics into your workout is to use plyometric agility hurdles.

Using a set of small hurdles -- for bounding on one or both feet -- can improve agility and foot speed in any athlete.

How to do it

1. Set up several small agility hurdles at 2-feet increments on grass or other soft surface.

2. Beginning with legs shoulder-width apart, jump upward and forward to clear each hurdle in succession, landing lightly on the balls of the feet.

3. Immediately upon landing jump again, driving forward with your arms. Continue until you’ve completed the full run of hurdles.

4. Perform several repetitions.

5. Repeat the drill on only the right foot, and then only the left foot.

6. As you become more comfortable with the exercise and the bounds become easier, gradually spread the hurdles farther apart.

What it does

Plyometric exercises incorporate high-intensity, explosive muscular contractions that invoke the stretch reflex, intentionally forcing the muscle to stretch before contraction so that it contracts with greater force.

How it helps

Plyometric drills, like agility hurdles, improve athletic power (speed and strength) by working on coordination, agility and explosiveness


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