A short companion to my previous soccer books on attacking and defending, It Pays to Win in Transition combines elements of both to provide insight and activities for coaches who want to teach cutting edge counterattacking play.
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Session #1: Dribbling to Keep Possession:
Activity #2: The Gate Dribbling Game with Pressure
Time: Approximately 15 minutes.
Area: 25 x 25 yards (L x W) or larger depending on how many players you have.
Activity: This activity is a progression from the previous one, which will allow you to give your players a quick water break and then get straight back into action. This time, start with a “bandit” whose job is to stop players from dribbling through the gates. Change the bandit every 30-45 seconds (get them to keep score of how many balls they kicked away).
Add a restriction whereby players can only dribble with their left foot (or right foot).
Add another bandit (2 bandits at a time).
Replace some of the gates with pinnies (or different colored cones) and say that players must go through a cone gate followed by a pinnie gate (or different colored cone gate).
Add another bandit (3 bandits at a time).
Make the gates smaller and/or reduce the number of gates.
Add another bandit (4 bandits at a time).
Are you a volunteer soccer coach with a full time job outside football? Then this book is for you! Minimizing jargon and looking to maximize the limited contact time you have with your players, The Volunteer Soccer Coachis a must-read practical book for coaches of all levels.
Utilising a game-based approach to soccer – where individuals actually play games rather than growing old in semi-static drills – author James Jordan offers 75 cutting-edge exercises across 15 detailed session plans which help players develop an attacking mindset, improve their skills, and, most of all, nurture a love for soccer.
“Neuro-parenting: Parenting strategies based on neuroscience research which conforms that the brain wires what it experiences – for good or bad”
On Friday at my school’s in service program, Judy Muir presented on brain research and its relevance for education. It was a wonderfully engaging and inspiring 90 minutes, at the end of which she gave us all a copy of her book. Having devoured the Lives Wires over the weekend, I am left pondering the following:
If learning can only happen in meaningful relationships, then how can we, as educators, provide a learning environment in which these relationships are fostered and not denied?
In the current climate of high stakes testing, the college admissions arms race, and increasing student stress levels, how can schools facilitate wellness – a holistic approach to healthy thoughts, habits, and behaviors?
Our children’s brains are not buckets to be filled – a metaphor I have never particularly liked. Rather, the brain reconfigures itself throughout life experience. We “use it or lose it” in regards to the connections we make when we undertake new experiences. How do we build curricula that enables students to increase their neuroplasticity whilst maintaining some notion of the “school” model?
Are our students getting enough sleep? Teens are supposed to get 9 hours per night; many high school students get between 4 and 6.
How do we embrace the “gamer” generation, many of whom will log 10,000 hours of screen time by the time they graduate from high school?
Truly, what is the “right” college for a student? How do we get away from the idea that there are only 50 or so (of the 3,000) institutions of higher learning that are valuable?
I am looking for a small group of beta readers for my next book (It Pays to Win on Defense), which is a follow up to It Pays to Win on Offense (currently hovering between #4 and #7 on Amazon’s Best Sellers in Soccer Coaching [Kindle] section). The new book is a game-based approach to developing the skills and mindset needed for highly effective defenders.
If you are interested in becoming a beta reader, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can set it up.