New Age Focuses and Practice Plans with be up next week!!!


Two weeks down and now we are getting into our games. This weekend I’ll be posting new practice plans for each age group and provide the new focus for the next two weeks.

  • Reminder, just because we are changing the focus doesn’t mean you forget about what you previously coached. Continue do develop the players ball control skills.

  • You can implement these development times at the beginning of your practice for your warm up. Remember we are getting away from static stretching at the beginning of practices. Soccer warm-ups need to be dynamic. Lots of soccer specific movements either with or without the ball. (I prefer with a ball to allow players optimal time on the ball) Keep static stretching for after dynamic warm-up or at the end of a training sessions.

  • Again, always come to your practice prepared for what you want your players to learn. This helps everyone involved, especially your players.

Coaching Tip of the Week…

When developing a soccer player, they learn in 3 main ways:

  1. Players first learn by experiencing a skill/drill at its simplest form. No pressure on players
  2. Next you add restrictions / low-medium pressure situation. Medium pressure on players
  3. Finish with more difficult drills / small sided games / scrimmages at full pace where the players have to use the skills that were previously coached. High pressure on players



About Coach Cook

I first want to mention my loving wife Megan (Jameson) Cook. Who has blessed my life and made me a better person. My mother who was very supportive in all my youth endeavors and all my friends that are still in my life today. I am a college graduate of Greenville College (Illinois) where I attained a B.S. in Physical Edu. with a minor in coaching and a Drivers Edu. endorsement. During my education, I was fortunate to play college soccer as a goalkeeper. I participated in 5 winning seasons (red shirt year) with the program, and experienced post-season tournaments (conference, regional & national level) throughout my 5 years. This is a program that is derived from high expectations for the athletes as a student, player and person, which was taught to me through the game of soccer. This page is designed to help coaches in the Harrisonville Soccer Club (HSC) mold and shape the soccer players of today and tomorrow. View all posts by Coach Cook

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