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"Figuring out how to use what you already know in order to go beyond what you currently think."
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  1. Recessed goals and the players choice restart rules. A brief introduction to the why and how of these two rules. Click here.

  2. An introduction to the u4 & u5 programs. This is the macro-view picture of what to expect from the kids, the parents and the club. Click here.

  3. An introduction to the u4 program. This gives you a real world, nuts and bolts look at BACís program for itís youngest members. Click here.

  4. An introduction to the u5 game day. This gives you a look at how the u5ís game organization is set up. Click here.

  5. An introduction to 4v4, Part 1 - Principles of play, own team in possession. This series takes a look at how and why 4v4 is such a key stepping stone for players on their way to the 11 a side game. This video looks at the underlying structure needed for effective attacking play. Click here.

  6. An introduction to 4v4, Part 2 - Principles of play, opponents in possession. This series takes a look at how and why 4v4 is such a key stepping stone for players on their way to the 11 a side game. This video looks at the underlying structure needed for effective defending. Click here.

  7. An introduction to 4v4, Part 3 - The basic tasks. This series takes a look at how and why 4v4 is such a key stepping stone for players on their way to the 11 a side game. The basic tasks make up each players job description. Click here.

  8. An introduction to 4v4, Part 4 - Conflicts in the basic tasks. This series takes a look at how and why 4v4 is such a key stepping stone for players on their way to the 11 a side game. This video looks at one of the biggest problems between the ideal and real games. Click here.

  9. An introduction to 4v4, Part 5 - The four main moments. This series takes a look at how and why 4v4 is such a key stepping stone for players on their way to the 11 a side game. This video looks at one of the most important points in youth soccer education. Click here.

  10. An introduction to 4v4, Part 6 - The basic player roles and positions. This series takes a look at how and why 4v4 is such a key stepping stone for players on their way to the 11 a side game. This video shows how 4v4 helps players get ready for the 11 a side game by preparing them for their basic roles and positions inside the teams. Click here.

  11. Reading the Game. Coaches are like doctors and need to be able to diagnose whatís wrong with their patient, the team. This video looks at a simple way to reduce all of the problems to one easy problem. Click here.

  12. The Phases of Learning. Whenever children are taught a new game they go through four phases in learning it. This is important to keep in mind so that coaches donít quit games too soon nor run them too long. Click here.

  13. The role of the coach / What is soccer. This video breaks down the coaches job to itís most fundamental goal and looks at the best way to get it done. Click here.

  14. The elements of soccer, Numbers - 1v1, 2v2 and 3v3. An introduction to how adding or subtracting one player completely changes what the kids can learn. Click here.

  15. The elements of soccer, Numbers - 5v5 and 6v6. This looks at what happens when you start duplicating the basic roles inside the team. Click here.

  16. The elements of soccer, Numbers - 7v7 and 8v8. This level of the game allows kids to begin learning how to play specific positions in the 11 a side game. They are a critical stepping stone in player development. Click here.

  17. The elements of soccer, The Field. Adjusting the layout and dimensions of the field is a valuable coaching tool. This video takes a short look at some basic ideas in how to do it and what to expect. Click here.

  18. The elements of soccer, The Goals. A soccer practice without goals is like a compass without a hand, directionless and of little use. This video looks at some simple ways to adjust the goals to make practice more productive. Click here.

  19. The elements of soccer, The Ball. The ball is one of the most neglected elements in the game. This video looks at some simple ways to influence the learning opportunities in the game through the ball. Click here.

  20. The elements of soccer, The Rules. Soccer specific rules are what seperate the game from others that are played on a field, with a ball, goals and between two teams. This video looks at how the rules can be broken down into simple components to help in the learning process. Click here.

  21. The elements of soccer, Summary. This video gives a short demonstration how to combine the elements, (videos 14-20) into a customized game built specifically for your team. Click here.

  22. Learning to coach, Pt.1. Your knowledge base and the ability to read what is taking place are the first two steps in learning how to coach. Click here. (The three Learning to coach videos are based on US Soccer and the Dutch Vision material.)

  23. Learning to coach, Pt.2. After you read the game you need to set objectives and priorities. Click here.

  24. Learning to coach, Pt.3. After you prioritize your objectives you'll need to develop a plan how to realize your short and long term goals. Click here.
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