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Good Practice


 Good Practice

What Makes Up
a Good Practice?

A good instructional plan makes practice preparation much easier. In general, we recommend that in each of your practices
you do the following:

WARM UP - As you're checking the roster and announcing the performance goals for the practice, your players should be WARM UP - As you're checking the roster and announcing the performance goals for the practice, your players should be
preparing their bodies for vigorous activity. A 5- to 10- minute period of easy-paced activities, stretching and calisthenics
should be sufficient for youngsters to limber their muscles and reduce the risk of injury.
PRACTICE PREVIOUSLY TAUGHT SKILLS - Devote part of each practice to having players work on the fundamental skills PRACTICE PREVIOUSLY TAUGHT SKILLS - Devote part of each practice to having players work on the fundamental skills
they already know. But remember, kids like variety. Thus you should organize and modify drills so that everyone is involved and
stays interested. Praise and encourage players when you notice improvement and offer individual assistance to those
who need help.
TEACH AND PRACTICE NEW SKILLS - Gradually build on your players' existing skills by giving them something new to TEACH AND PRACTICE NEW SKILLS - Gradually build on your players' existing skills by giving them something new to
practice each session.
PRACTICE UNDER MATCH-LIKE CONDITIONS - Competition among teammates during practices prepares players PRACTICE UNDER MATCH-LIKE CONDITIONS - Competition among teammates during practices prepares players
for actual matches and informs young athletes about their abilities relative to their peers. Youngsters also seem to
have more fun in competitive activities.
COOL DOWN - Each practice should wind down with a 5- to 10-minute period of light exercise, including jogging, COOL DOWN - Each practice should wind down with a 5- to 10-minute period of light exercise, including jogging,
performance of simple skills and some stretching. The cool-down allows athletes' bodies to return to the resting state
and avoid stiffness and it affords you an opportunity to review the practice.
EVALUATE - At the end of practice spend a few minutes with your players reviewing how well the session accomplished EVALUATE - At the end of practice spend a few minutes with your players reviewing how well the session accomplished
the goals you had set. Even if your evaluation is negative, show optimism for future practices and send players off on an
upbeat note.



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AYSO Region 1225, PO Box 518
Fountain, Colorado 80817

Email Us: ayso1225rc@gmail.com
Phone : 719-629-7699
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