Here is a practical manual that will help you:
- Create programs that preschoolers will enjoy
- Learn the five coaching methods that will work
four and five year olds
- A fully illustrated curriculum packed with 25 proven
- Complete practice plans for each session (8-weeks)
- Six key soccer moves
- Check list and guidelines for club directors and coaches
the Author: Soccer
author Tom McLoughlin has coached soccer to thousands of four and
five-year old children over the past 20 years. A former physical
education teacher and an original faculty member for Youth Sports
with the National YMCA, he is currently Head Coach at Fairleigh
Dickinson University, a member of the New Jersey State coaching
staff, and runs his own school, McLoughlin Soccer.
Excerpts from the
1. GOALS (page 1-4)
Although this is a soccer program, you will get many
opportunities to positively influence these young children. The
goals of the program are:
* To create a fun soccer experience appropriate for four
and five-year old children
* To develop motor skills
* To develop decision making skills
* To build self-esteem
* To integrate learning with other curricular activities
* To develop social skills
2. TEACHING METHODS
INDIVIDUAL CHARACTERISTICS OF FOUR AND FIVE YEAR OLDS (page 3-4)
a. Developmental Appropriateness
b. Activities that are Child Centered
c. The importance of FUN
d. Class Structure
e. Appropriate Equipment, Time, Space and Numbers
of what to expect when coaching preschool aged children is
essential for the coach. The following list of
- Like games with which they are familiar. Repetition is important
at this age.
- Do not care much about the actual rules of a game. You should
emphasize a few rules such as not using hands and stopping when
the ball goes out of bounds.
A total of 8 characteristics are talked about in this
4. SAMPLE SCHEDULE Four Year Olds (page 4-3)
Only the week one schedule is shown
here, seven additional weeks are included in the book.
GAMES: Directions for playing 25 Soccer Games are provided
PINBALL SOCCER (page 5-17)
Kids knock down as many cones as
HOW TO PLAY: Place a large number of cones irregularly
spaced. Players dribble their balls knocking down as many cones as
possible by kicking the ball against the cone.
NOTES: Emphasize team effort. As children become more
competitive, challenge each individual player to knock down as
many cones as possible.
SOCCER KIDS' SKILLS: Dribbling, kicking.
Pictures are also included in the book along with a list of
supplies, scoring point info, and age appropriateness details.
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