Session Expectations and management.
Coaches will be at the venue 15 mins prior to the start of the session. This is so they can get everything ready for their session. It also gives time to say hello to parents, and to do some passing or some wall-work or juggling with players who have also arrived early.
Although DJ SoS encourages coach creativity, coaches are expected to have prepared their sessions in advance rather than make it up as they go along. It’s fine to be spontaneous at times, but never start a session without a considered plan of action for the whole session. Write your session down.
Players will arrive early for sessions. They are encouraged to do so. Where able, please feel free to find a Football and experiment and practice whilst you wait for the start of your session. This could be to practice your kick ups or your step overs. Please use this time wisely and make sure Footballs aren't being smashed across the hall as this is dangerous. We do not want to have to deal with a ball in the face before the session has even started.
Starting and Ending Sessions.
Things may be a bit chaotic at the beginning of the session. Players will be arriving, some early, some late. There may be new children and parents who need welcoming and settling in. Coaches will want to set up their activities. However, the most important thing at this time is getting the children in and getting them doing something with a ball. Set them a challenge e.g. passing against the wall, practising some turns etc. Get them going, and then you can sort out setting out the equipment you need for your session.
At the end of sessions, players are not allowed to continue games or kicking the ball around the hall. If no-one is there to collect them, then they should stay with one of the coaches whilst they wait for their parent or carer to arrive.
Time, space and numbers.
Sessions last for 60 minutes each and we aim to ensure atleast 90% - 95% of this is Active Learning time. We want to make use of the full 60 minutes as wisely as we can giving the children maximum learning time. We will work on a 12:1 ratio, a maximum of 24 in the entire group.
In each hour’s session, there are usually two groups – a higher ability group and a lower ability group. Often these groups will be bibbed so that the higher group is in red and the lower group in blue. This means coaches can run a general warm-up for all players together and then split them easily when the coaches are ready to do so.
Players are grouped based on Ability, Age, Athleticism and Attitude. (Very similar to the FA’s ‘Four Corner’ model). It is vital for coaches to realize that all players will be at different stages in terms of their development in each of the 4 A’s. The aim of grouping players is to allow maximum learning to take place for all children. Groups are not set in stone. Coaches can move players between groups from one session to the next if they need to.
The first 5-10 mins of a session is usually a warm-up for all players of both groups together. This allows for late-comers to arrive. It also allows coaches to check numbers and see how big the groups are. If there are 12 blue players and only 4 red players, then coaches should re-assign some yellow players to the red group so that the two groups are roughly equal in size.
Coaches can expect to have:
- Enough footballs for one per child. These will be size 3 or 4 footballs.
- Plenty of bibs and cones.
- Pop-up goals – 2 per group. Use sand-bags to weight these down.
- Flat Markers.
- First Aid
Use lots of footballs: In order to maximize learning opportunities, we want to have lots of footballs around. Then the children can easily find a new one if the one they were playing with gets kicked away. In all activities, keep footballs close and encourage children to use whichever one is nearest.
Packing away at the end of a session.
We will always finish up around 3 minutes before the end of the session. This gives coaches the chance to have a minute debrief with their group. Children will then be required to help coaches pack the equipment away. Help taking equipment out to the car park is also appreciated.
Maintaining Discipline and showing RESPECT!.
As most of you will know the coaches at DJ SoS do like to have a laugh and a joke however there is a line between showing respect, maintaining discipline and over stepping the mark and being silly. We Don’t accept bad behaviour from the children. If a child is misbehaving then it will result in being sat out. We are all here to teach and learn, so don’t allow one child to disrupt a group or wreck an activity.
If being sat out, it is important this isn't for longer than a couple of minutes. It is also important the child understands why they were sat out.
Split up players who are distracting each other. This programme is about learning through immersion in football. It is hard for players to be immersed in football if they are distracting each other. This is where the music really comes into its own.
DJ Sound of Soccer - Soccer School days.
At our popular Soccer Schools, which last 5 hours per day, the sessions will be a lot more relaxed. The morning will be used to focus on skill development by playing lots of technical games and the afternoon will always include a tournament. Children will always be expected to bring plenty of water and a packed lunch for when we have our lunch break.
On the final day of our well organised Soccer Schools, we run competitions throughout the day. These competitions include Crossbar Challenges, Penalty Shoot-outs, Net Buster, Football Golf, Football Olympics. We will also have awards for Goal of the day, Save of the day, Outstanding Attitude, Player of the day as well as many more!
Please visit our Soccer School page for more info on how the days run.