NCSA K-2 - Junior Rams Program.
Principal Coaching Goal for all NCSA programs that includes K-2 :
Improve the technical skill/ability of all players and their understanding of the game.
The overarching concept is to help players know what to do, how to do it, when to do it, and do it well.
The K-2 program will provide a structured soccer experience built upon a curriculum that is age developmentally appropriate and delivered with the following pillars in mind:
1. Fun - Nurture a love of game that will build healthy values and habits that last well beyond the sessions.
2. Maximum skill development of all participants regardless of ability through professionally designed and age appropriate curriculum that stresses enjoyment and full participation.
3. Child centered programs that instill independence and creativity that “transfers the power of play” back to the kids.
4. Professional and passionate coaches that want to be role models to the children in the program.
5. Be a positive influence on the culture of soccer and sports in the community we serve.
Ideal roster sizes for the teams:
K - 6; 1st Grade - 7, 2nd Grade -9
Fields - K-2 - For practice 2 teams will be paired up and practice together with both coaches taking the session. Due to the clinic sessions focusing on technique and small sided structured games the areas needed for the sessions we mean we will fit more teams on fields as follows:
Farm Rd #2 - will get 6 teams from the K-2 program for practice. Field split into 3 practice areas.
Farm Rd # 3 - will get 4 teams from the K-2 program for practice. Field split into 2 practice areas.
Saxe #4 - will get 6 teams from the K-2 program for practice. Field split into 3 practice areas.
** NOGA coaches will split up fields but they understand this concept as they currently do this in other towns.
K-2 - We would want parent involvement in the following way:
Parents volunteers would be encouraged to attend week day clinic sessions run by NOGA coaches, they would take the games on the Saturday but there would be NOGA coaches present at the field to ensure games were organized and played following the correct format and for guidance and help for the parent volunteer. The parents would attend preseason clinic that would be put on for parents wanting to help with a team.
Also game day parent volunteers will be encouraged to attend the practice sessions for both K-2 and Academy to observe and assist with the NOGA coaches so they can see what the players are working on leading into each game.
Game Day Experience:
K-2 games would be on Saturday morning.
K-2 - We would want parent involvement in the following way:
Parents volunteers would be encouraged to attend week day practice sessions run by NOGA coaches, they would take the games on the Saturday but there would be NOGA coaches present at the field to ensure games were organized and played following the correct format and for guidance and help for the parent volunteer.
Game Day Fields - I know that Farm Rd will support the K-2 program for games. The area is big enough to set up enough fields needed.
NOGA coaches for the age groups will be on hand to mark out the fields with cones before each age group and observe and assist the parent volunteer during the games.
K - 9am - 10am
1st - 10.15am - 11.15am
2nd - 11.30am - 12.30pm
This is an example, if we feel now that grades need to be switched we should do it before as once the season starts it will be the same time each week for the grades.
K – focus at start of practice sessions 1v1 but progress to 3v3 small sided games with size 3 ball. Field size 30 x 20 yards.
Game time - 10min warm up, 3 periods of 12 mins, 5min half time.
Goals size - for K 6' wide by 4' high.
1st graders - play 4v4 with size 3 ball - Field size 30 x 20 yards - pass ins no throw ins, no GK's, no punts.
Game time – 10min warm up, 2 periods of 20 mins, 5min half time.
Goals size - for 1st grade 6' wide by 4' high
2nd graders play 4v4 (5v5 incl. GK's) with size 3 ball - Field Size 40x25 yards - throw ins and corners, no punts.
Game time – 5min warm up, 2 periods 25 mins halves, 5 min half time.
Goal size - for 2nd grade 10’ wide by 5’ high
The program will nurture the foundational soccer skills that will be the building blocks for development of K-2 soccer players. The program is designed to prepare prospective NCSA players for the transition into travel play or to continue to develop within the NCSA Academy program. The program would offer a structured soccer curriculum endorsed by the NCSA Director of Coaching and be delivered by qualified professional coaches.
Curriculum Structure of Program.
K-2 players will all use a size 3 ball.
Kindergarten – 1 – hour clinic session, & 1 hour game day of small sided games.
First Grade – 2 – hour clinic session, & 1 hour game day of small sided games.
Second Grade – 2-hour clinic sessions, & 1-hour game day of small sided games.
1st & 2nd - In the practice sessions when structured/conditioned mini games are used they should be 3v3.
(My experience is that K-2 are suited to no more than 1 hour sessions in length)
The NCSA Coaching Director has created the following list of the goals and specific targets that each grade instruction should deliver:
Basic Movements (changing speed and directions without the ball)
Identify various parts of the foot to dribble and control the ball
Controlled dribbling & foot skills (keeping ball close, changing directions with ball, stopping with ball and awareness of other players in playing area)
Kicking with force and velocity to advance ball
Basic trapping and receiving skills
Understanding boundaries on the field of play
Self and group competitions and creative game play
Dribbling while under controlled and passive pressure
Using multiple parts of the foot to dribble soccer ball
Basic moves and turns
Dribbling the ball away from pressure
Spatial awareness of teammates and defenders
Basic passing skills
Introduce ideas of ball possession
Offensive options for players (passing, dribbling, shooting)
Introduction of strategy formation
Shooting and passing at targets
Playing within the boundaries on the field of play
Self and partner competitions and introduction of team play
4 v 4 play no GK’s (1-2-1)
Handling pressure on the ball
Feints and fakes
Movement without the ball
Development of passing skills (properly weighted passes)
Development of shooting skills (target selection)
Introduction of Goal Keeping
Introduction of heading (with modified balls)
Trapping and receiving with other body parts (chest, thigh)
Basic juggling skills
Restarts (goal kicks, corner kicks, free kicks, throw ins)
5 v 5 Soccer incl Gk's (1-2-1)