Intro Week: I AM MiddiesSoccer / Zero Point Day
Weeks 1–2: 11v11–8v8 / Extensive Endurance Training
Weeks 3–4: 7v7–5v5 / Intensive Endurance Training
Weeks 5–6: 4v4–1v1 / Extensive Endurance Training
Football Technical → Execution: Position — Moment — Direction — Speed
Football Tactical → Game Insight — Decision Making (Lots of Questions! Problem Solving! Communication)
Football Conditioning → Conditioning — overload session
Football Recovery — 50% Rule (based on conditioning)
Strength Session — strength, body movement
— 90 minute sessions except strength: 45 minute; but the actual main activity varies depending on the type of session and the focus for…
Planning on making some changes for next week by taking out one of the tactical days and adding in a weight room session. The change of venue and another opportunity for the boys to connect outside the turf will be super beneficial!
Next Week …
Monday: Lifting Session
Tuesday: Technical Session
Wednesday: Tactical Session
Thursday: Conditioning Session
Friday: Recovery Session
Monday — torrential rain so cancelled this morning’s session.
Observations: communication is an issue; understanding communication such as “man on” = pass ball back (one touch) then look to play a forward pass (principle of play).
Observations:backline must look to play vertical (very robotic at times and play laterally without looking to split lines); forwards have to look to get in behind; take chances; group is a work in progress but a good start overall.
Observations: effort good but room for improvement; great starting point for the players. Soccer fitness (communication, decision making, execution) dropped over the course of play.
Recap of this past week.
Wednesday: Team Meeting — set non-negotiable list; stress little things/expectations for summer sessions.
Thursday: Zero Point Day — Objective: How long can we play at high level before the effort and quality of play drops (soccer fitness)?
We played (11v11) 10:00 games with 2:00 rest (meet with coach — not a drink break) as many times as possible. There are balls laid out all over the perimeter of the turf and the players get the ball back into play as soon as possible. We got through the 10:00 game, 2:00 rest, 10:00 game, 2:00 rest…
I had a conversation yesterday with Tyler Wickham (@twickham06), assistant mens soccer coach at Notre Dame College, and he made a remark to a comment I made about “monitoring player training load”.
Tyler said “increased load leads to increased stress”.
But it’s what he said next that really caught my curiosity.
“The body does not know the difference between the stress the player feels on the pitch, versus in the gym lifting weights, to dealing with school expectations, along with every day life stresses.” — Tyler Wickham
Here is my takeaway: As a coach we have to be smart(er) when…
Hey this is Kieron, Coaches Corner Chats, and today I am talking MiddiesSoccer…FAMILY and specifically in this episode, “Don’t Be A Silo Coach!”
What I mean by this is, don’t get so locked in to your program (I’m talking at the HS level here). The reason why I am bringing this up is that I do the public address announcing for football, and girls and boys basketball in the Middletown City School district.
And one of the things that I love about the experience is that it gives me a snapshot and a chance to be invested still. Because I…
Super excited to be working to make a dream of mine possibly come true! Middletown Ohio has been hit hard by economic struggles in the past decade plus.
As the head coach of boys varsity soccer team, I have seen how socioeconomics can hamper players and the opportunities afforded to them. The school district is 100% free breakfast and lunch.
I currently hold Open Fields for the players to show up and play the great game of soccer! And 20–24 players have been showing up consistently.
But this got me thinking. A portion of my players cannot afford to join…
Thank you to Russell Lewis @cincysc, Brian Shrum @shrummy11, Courey Feerer, Colton Bly @coltonbly, Anthony Carson @carson003, and Cory Reinard @creinard8 for joining the Coaches Corner Chat #2!
Russell Lewis, Director of Coaching at Cincinnati Soccer Club — developing a Captains google doc for his club — the premise being that every player is a leader!
Cory Reinard, Head Boys Varsity Coach at Hubbard High School, Ohio — there is a need to teach kids to lead … leadership encompasses relationship building, serving, and empathy!
Brian Shrum, Head Womens Coach at Youngstown State University — What is Leadership? …
SAY Recreational Coach → Select Club Coach → Director of Coaching → Head Varsity High School Boys Coach
Along each phase of my journey I have shared ideas, activities, game clips, and more on social media through written, video, and audio content!
My latest endeavor is the #CoachesCorner videos that I have been posting on YouTube and sharing on social. Last week, I took one of the #CoachesCorner topics and made it the focus of a zoom meeting — #CoachesCorner Chat #1: Developing Your Program and Culture. The zoom meeting was an opportunity for coaches to share their thoughts on…
Here are my main takeaways from our initial discussion:
Developing community is important — your program must immerse itself in the community; coaches must work with the youth players in the community; be creative. i.e. 3v3 tournaments where coaches/players help organize, run concessions, referee games; hold skills training for the youth players; coach local recreational/club youth teams; partner with local businesses/charity organizations.
What can your program give to the community to begin developing positive connections and relationships?
Education — parent/player education is an ongoing process … one that, if done well, will help develop your program culture and ownership! …