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DALLASTOWN AREA HIGH SCHOOL
Girls’ JV & Varsity Soccer
CoachingPlan
Jenn Hulse December 11, 2014
Table of Contents
 I. Coaching Philosophy
 II. Warm Up Exercises and Drills
 III. Individual Skills
 IV. Teaching Methods
 V. Set Plays
 VI. Early Season Practice Plan
 VII. Midseason Practice Plan
 VIII. Late Season Practice Plan
 IX. Conditioning
 X. Team Rules & Code of Conduct
 XI. Team Integrity Contract
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I. Coaching Philosophy
“The vision of a champion is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the
point of exhaustion when nobody else is looking.” –Mia Hamm
very coach is different when it comes to a philosophy. Coaching is comprised of
three main objectives. These objectives are to develop young people, to have a
winning team, and to provide a good experience for athletes. Each of these objectives
is used to determine a coach’s personal philosophy.
I am a coach that falls into the idealistic philosophy. That means that I focus
on developing athletes physically, psychologically and socially. I strive to teach skills
that not only pertain to sport, but also life. I am very concerned with developing
intelligent, confident, and respectful athletes that will grow to be successful individuals
outside of sports.
My second objective is to have a winning team. I am less concerned with
records or public recognition, but as long as my athletes have the proper training
winning is sure to follow. I will not sacrifice the development of my athletes to win a
game that has almost no significance ten years from now.
My final concern as a coach is to ensure that my athletes are having fun.
Although I do believe that the athletes should have a good experience on the team,
creating fun practices is not my focus. Well planned training sessions will ensure that
my athletes are more engaged and prepared for games. By being well trained and
prepared we can enjoy the sport as a team.
I focus on a concept of “one team, one goal.” This means that whatever we
do, whether right or wrong, we do as a unit. If one athlete is late to practice or
disrespectful, the entire team will have a sanction. This holds each individual
accountable for their actions. By including the entire team in the punishment, an
individual athlete is less likely to be late or disrespectful. Because of this mentality, I will
also hold myself and my coaching staff to the same standards. I believe that as coaches
we are role models for our athletes and must lead with our actions as well as our words.
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II. Warm Up Exercises & Drills
Warm up is the most important step in being successful in a sport.
Not only does a proper warm up rev up the cardiovascular system,
but it also increases blood flow to the muscles to avoid injury during
activity. It will be taken very seriously and is mandatory for all
athletes in order to participate in practice and games. Warm ups will
be led by the team captains and supervised by an assistant coach. The following
exercises and drills will be implemented prior to every practice and a modified plan will
be implemented before every game.
E X E R C I S E S (Groups A & B will switch)
 Jog 1 lap around the practice/game field
 Group A (half the team, 1 captain) Agility Ladders
o Forward, Single Steps (1 foot in each box stepping forward) X2
o Forward, Double Steps (2 feet in each box stepping forward) X2
o Forward, Single Leg Shuffle (start from side of ladder, near foot touches in
and out of each box while other leg keeps up) X2
o Forward, Double Trouble (Count goes: In-In-Out-Out) X2
 Group B (half the team, 1 captain) Dynamic Stretching: 15 yd distance (up – back)
o High Knees - Butt Kicks
o Open Gait - Close Gait
o Knee Pull ups - Quad Stretch
o Frankensteins
o Karaoke (alternate direction)
o Side Shuffle (alternate direction)
o Lunges (forward & backward)
o Side Squats (alternate direction)
 Team Stretching (stretch what you need)
D R I L L S (divide team into groups of 6, line up 6 yd apart, coach determines tempo)
 Two touch passing
 One touch passing
 Chip pass & trap
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 Partner Work (X10ea.)
o Foot Volley back to partner’s hands, alternate sides
o Knee trap, Foot Volley back to partner’s hands, alternate sides
o Chest trap, Foot Volley back to partner’s hands, alternate sides
o Driven Header back to partner’s hands
III. Individual Skills
As a coach it is my responsibility to develop all of my athletes to become well-
rounded players and to play to the best of their ability. It is necessary for each athlete to
learn the skills required to be the best player they can be. Below is a list of the
individual skills and techniques every athlete will learn, based on position.
“Keep working, even when no one is watching.” –Alex Morgan
Offense
 Dribbling/Ball Control
 Passing
 Shooting/Finishing
 Making Runs
 Attacking in Set Plays
 Taking Penalty Kicks
Mid-field
 Dribbling/Ball Control
 Passing/Services into box
 Shooting/Finishing
 Making Runs
 Marking/Containing (defensive)
 Defending/Attacking in Set Plays
 Taking Penalty Kicks
Defense
 Dribbling/Ball Control
 Passing
 Clearances
 Marking/Containing
 Defending Set Plays
 Taking Penalty Kicks
Goalkeeper
 Ball Handling
 Diving/1v1 Saves
 High Ball Saves
 Scoops/Low Ball Saves
 Defending Set Plays
 Clearances/Distribution
 Defending Penalty Kicks
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IV. Teaching Methods
Coaches tend to follow five methods of teaching in order to properly teach
athletes the skills and concepts necessary for success. These five methods are whole
method, whole to part, part to whole, progressive part, and problem solving. I will be
utilizing two of these primary methods throughout the season.
Part to Whole Method
During the part to whole method I will break down specific skills into smaller
parts. Then I will teach those parts one at a time and allow the athletes to try the part
individually. Once I believe that the athletes have grasped the key concepts and can
perform the parts correctly I will encourage them to put all of the parts together so
they can try the skill in its entirety.
Progressive Part Method
Progressive part method is very similar to part to whole method in that it
breaks skills down into smaller parts. The difference is that the athletes will learn the
first part, then attempt it, and then learn the next part in a progression. The parts will
build on each other until all of the parts are taught and attempted to complete the
entire skill.
Each of these methods will help the athletes master the skills required to be
successful. Although I understand that everyone learns at a different rate and in
different ways. Although these are my primary methods of teaching, I will not limit my
coaching ability to only these methods. I will be happy to adapt my techniques to
provide the proper teaching to every athlete.

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Coaching Plan

  • 1. DALLASTOWN AREA HIGH SCHOOL Girls’ JV & Varsity Soccer CoachingPlan Jenn Hulse December 11, 2014
  • 2. Table of Contents  I. Coaching Philosophy  II. Warm Up Exercises and Drills  III. Individual Skills  IV. Teaching Methods  V. Set Plays  VI. Early Season Practice Plan  VII. Midseason Practice Plan  VIII. Late Season Practice Plan  IX. Conditioning  X. Team Rules & Code of Conduct  XI. Team Integrity Contract 1 2 3 4 5 7 9 11 12 13 14
  • 3. 1 I. Coaching Philosophy “The vision of a champion is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion when nobody else is looking.” –Mia Hamm very coach is different when it comes to a philosophy. Coaching is comprised of three main objectives. These objectives are to develop young people, to have a winning team, and to provide a good experience for athletes. Each of these objectives is used to determine a coach’s personal philosophy. I am a coach that falls into the idealistic philosophy. That means that I focus on developing athletes physically, psychologically and socially. I strive to teach skills that not only pertain to sport, but also life. I am very concerned with developing intelligent, confident, and respectful athletes that will grow to be successful individuals outside of sports. My second objective is to have a winning team. I am less concerned with records or public recognition, but as long as my athletes have the proper training winning is sure to follow. I will not sacrifice the development of my athletes to win a game that has almost no significance ten years from now. My final concern as a coach is to ensure that my athletes are having fun. Although I do believe that the athletes should have a good experience on the team, creating fun practices is not my focus. Well planned training sessions will ensure that my athletes are more engaged and prepared for games. By being well trained and prepared we can enjoy the sport as a team. I focus on a concept of “one team, one goal.” This means that whatever we do, whether right or wrong, we do as a unit. If one athlete is late to practice or disrespectful, the entire team will have a sanction. This holds each individual accountable for their actions. By including the entire team in the punishment, an individual athlete is less likely to be late or disrespectful. Because of this mentality, I will also hold myself and my coaching staff to the same standards. I believe that as coaches we are role models for our athletes and must lead with our actions as well as our words. E
  • 4. 2 II. Warm Up Exercises & Drills Warm up is the most important step in being successful in a sport. Not only does a proper warm up rev up the cardiovascular system, but it also increases blood flow to the muscles to avoid injury during activity. It will be taken very seriously and is mandatory for all athletes in order to participate in practice and games. Warm ups will be led by the team captains and supervised by an assistant coach. The following exercises and drills will be implemented prior to every practice and a modified plan will be implemented before every game. E X E R C I S E S (Groups A & B will switch)  Jog 1 lap around the practice/game field  Group A (half the team, 1 captain) Agility Ladders o Forward, Single Steps (1 foot in each box stepping forward) X2 o Forward, Double Steps (2 feet in each box stepping forward) X2 o Forward, Single Leg Shuffle (start from side of ladder, near foot touches in and out of each box while other leg keeps up) X2 o Forward, Double Trouble (Count goes: In-In-Out-Out) X2  Group B (half the team, 1 captain) Dynamic Stretching: 15 yd distance (up – back) o High Knees - Butt Kicks o Open Gait - Close Gait o Knee Pull ups - Quad Stretch o Frankensteins o Karaoke (alternate direction) o Side Shuffle (alternate direction) o Lunges (forward & backward) o Side Squats (alternate direction)  Team Stretching (stretch what you need) D R I L L S (divide team into groups of 6, line up 6 yd apart, coach determines tempo)  Two touch passing  One touch passing  Chip pass & trap
  • 5. 3  Partner Work (X10ea.) o Foot Volley back to partner’s hands, alternate sides o Knee trap, Foot Volley back to partner’s hands, alternate sides o Chest trap, Foot Volley back to partner’s hands, alternate sides o Driven Header back to partner’s hands III. Individual Skills As a coach it is my responsibility to develop all of my athletes to become well- rounded players and to play to the best of their ability. It is necessary for each athlete to learn the skills required to be the best player they can be. Below is a list of the individual skills and techniques every athlete will learn, based on position. “Keep working, even when no one is watching.” –Alex Morgan Offense  Dribbling/Ball Control  Passing  Shooting/Finishing  Making Runs  Attacking in Set Plays  Taking Penalty Kicks Mid-field  Dribbling/Ball Control  Passing/Services into box  Shooting/Finishing  Making Runs  Marking/Containing (defensive)  Defending/Attacking in Set Plays  Taking Penalty Kicks Defense  Dribbling/Ball Control  Passing  Clearances  Marking/Containing  Defending Set Plays  Taking Penalty Kicks Goalkeeper  Ball Handling  Diving/1v1 Saves  High Ball Saves  Scoops/Low Ball Saves  Defending Set Plays  Clearances/Distribution  Defending Penalty Kicks
  • 6. 4 IV. Teaching Methods Coaches tend to follow five methods of teaching in order to properly teach athletes the skills and concepts necessary for success. These five methods are whole method, whole to part, part to whole, progressive part, and problem solving. I will be utilizing two of these primary methods throughout the season. Part to Whole Method During the part to whole method I will break down specific skills into smaller parts. Then I will teach those parts one at a time and allow the athletes to try the part individually. Once I believe that the athletes have grasped the key concepts and can perform the parts correctly I will encourage them to put all of the parts together so they can try the skill in its entirety. Progressive Part Method Progressive part method is very similar to part to whole method in that it breaks skills down into smaller parts. The difference is that the athletes will learn the first part, then attempt it, and then learn the next part in a progression. The parts will build on each other until all of the parts are taught and attempted to complete the entire skill. Each of these methods will help the athletes master the skills required to be successful. Although I understand that everyone learns at a different rate and in different ways. Although these are my primary methods of teaching, I will not limit my coaching ability to only these methods. I will be happy to adapt my techniques to provide the proper teaching to every athlete.
  • 7. 5 V. Set Plays O F F E N S I V E C O R N E R K I C K Puma Description: 5 attackers line up at the top of the box in a stack formation, 1 attacker acts as a floater just outside of the 6 yard box to run to the top of the box for any rebounds. The players in the stack will run either near or far post, alternating players. The kicker will send a high service toward the center or far post side of the 6 yard box as the attackers try to head/volley the ball into the back of the net. Temi Description: 1 attacker lines up on the near post while the other 5 attackers spread out within the box. As the kicker raises their arm to signal the kick, the post attacker will run toward the kicker to quickly receive a short pass, pass back to the kicker and then make a slight diagonal run to a position just outside of the 18 yd box to shoot. While this is happening, the other 5 attackers will make runs to the goal to finish any rebounds off of the post players shot.
  • 8. 6 D E F E N S I V E C O R N E R K I C K Wildcat Zone Description: 9 players and a goalkeeper are required to accomplish this play. 2 of the shortest defenders will be used as post players to provide extra coverage for the goalkeeper. 6 players will line up in rows, on toes, head on a swivel ready to clear any incoming kick. The last player will line up near the top of the 18 yd box and acts as a floater for any possible short pass play. D E F E N S I V E D I R E C T / I N D I R E C T K I C K Wall Description: Based on the position of the kick, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 players will be utilized for a wall. The goalkeeper will make the decision of how many to be in the wall and where the wall will be placed. The players in the wall will stand as close as possible while protecting their faces with their arm. The players are not allowed to duck or move out of the way if the kick is directed at them, it is their job to block any shot sacrificing their bodies. The four defenders will float within the box to pick up attackers running in. The center defender will choose a line to hold to try to pull the attackers off-sides. No player will be allowed behind the line the center defender sets.
  • 9. 7 VI. Early Season Practice Plan Practices will begin promptly at 4:00pm at the Dallastown practice fields. Goalkeepers will have individual practice with the Goalkeeper Coach. Objectives: 1. Develop speed, agility, endurance, and strength. 2. Develop basic ball skills, shooting, and passing. 4:00-4:15 Warm Up *see description on pg. 2  Jog 1 lap around the practice/game field  Group A (half the team, 1 captain) Agility Ladders  Group B (half the team, 1 captain) Dynamic Stretching  Team Stretching (stretch what you need) 4:15-4:25 Partner Work  Standing 6 yd apart X10ea. o Foot Volley back to partner’s hands, alternate sides o Knee trap, Foot Volley back to partner’s hands, alternate sides o Chest trap, Foot Volley back to partner’s hands, alternate sides o Driven Header back to partner’s hands 4:25-4:28 Circle Passing Combination  Players around center circle have balls, 10 players in middle without balls quickly move around calling for passes from the players on the outside 4:28-4:30 Water Break 4:30-4:37 Four Corner Passing and Moving
  • 10. 8  Players will divide into groups of 5, cones are laid out in a 10x10 yd box, players stand in the corners, 1 player begins with the ball and passes to the next corner then follows their pass moving to that cone, continue around the box  Ground passes, lofted passes, one touch, two touch, left foot only, right foot only 4:37-4:50 Over the River  Staying in the groups of 5, players will line up in grid, 5 on right, 5 on left, 5 in the middle (river)  Ball will start on the right, the team in the middle will send one defender to try to steal the ball from the team with the ball, the team with the ball must complete 5 passes and then attempt to chip/pass the ball to the other side where the middle team will send a different defender in  If the defender steals the ball the team that lost the ball is now in the middle 4:50-4:53 Water Break 4:53-5:00 Four Spot Shooting  Players will line up in 4 lines, 1 line at each goal post, and 1 line across from them on the 18 yd box  Players on goal post will pass ball diagonally to other player to shoot 5:00-5:20 Full Field Scrimmage 5:20-5:30 Ladder Sprints  Team will begin on end line
  • 11. 9  Sprint to 6yd box, sprint back  Sprint to 18yd box, sprint back  Sprint to midfield, sprint back  Sprint full field, sprint back  Cool Down, Light Jog 1 Lap VII. Midseason Practice Plan Objectives: 1. Increase speed, agility, endurance, and strength. 2. Develop ball skills, shooting, passing, and crossing. 3. Develop penalty kick technique. 4:00-4:15 Warm Up *see description on pg. 2  Jog 1 lap around the practice/game field  Group A (half the team, 1 captain) Agility Ladders  Group B (half the team, 1 captain) Dynamic Stretching  Team Stretching (stretch what you need) 4:15-4:25 Partner Work  Standing 6 yd apart X10ea. o Foot Volley back to partner’s hands, alternate sides o Knee trap, Foot Volley back to partner’s hands, alternate sides o Chest trap, Foot Volley back to partner’s hands, alternate sides o Driven Header back to partner’s hands 4:25-4:35 1v1 Defending
  • 12. 10  Players will divide into groups of 2, each player has a small goal to defend (cones set up 2yd apart), one player starts with the ball and attempts to dribble through the opposing players goal, defender attempts to steal the ball and dribble through the opposing players goal  Possession changes after each goal 4:35-4:50 3v3v3  Goals are set up 25 yds apart  Players divide into teams of 3, 2 start on the field and scrimmage, after one team scores the opposite team leaves the field and a new team comes on  Games should be played at fast pace 4:50-4:53 Water Break 4:53-5:00 Cross & Finish  Players line up in 3 lines, Player passes down center to player 2, player 2 passes out wide to a 3rd player making a sideline run, player 2 turns and runs toward goal, player 3 sends cross for player 2 to finish on goal 5:00-5:20 Full Field Scrimmage 5:20-5:25 Ab Work  Upper Body: Push-up with alternating knee tap  Upper Body: Plank Jack o 20-30 second holds, exploding jump straight up  Core: 50 crunches  Core: 6 Inches 5:25-5:30 Penalty Kicks
  • 13. 11 VIII. Late Season Practice Plan Objectives: 1. Develop speed, agility, endurance, and strength. 2. Master offensive and defensive corners. 3. Master penalty kick technique. 4:15-4:25 Partner Work  Standing 6 yd apart X10ea. o Foot Volley back to partner’s hands, alternate sides o Knee trap, Foot Volley back to partner’s hands, alternate sides o Chest trap, Foot Volley back to partner’s hands, alternate sides o Driven Header back to partner’s hands 4:25-4:45 Offensive Corner Kicks  Run Puma, Temi, and other corner kick plays at game pace  Ball cannot touch ground, for every ball that hits the ground team will do 5 pushups 4:45-5:05 Defensive Corner Kicks  Run Wildcat Zone at game pace  Ball cannot touch ground, for every ball that hits the ground team will do 5 pushups  Clearances should go up field and wide 5:05-5:25 Full Field Scrimmage 5:25-5:30 Penalty Kicks
  • 14. 12 IX. Conditioning Conditioning is paramount in the success of a team. It is important that the team continues to increase their speed, agility, strength, and endurance throughout the season. Conditioning will be monitored by me and my staff in order to minimize risk of injury during training sessions. Below are some examples of fitness activities that may be used during the season: S P E E D T R A I N I N G  Wind sprints  Liverpool Run  Bleacher Runs E N D U R A N C E T R A I N I N G  Team Long Runs (2 mile loop around campus)  Team Trail Runs (cross country track) S T R E N G T H T R A I N I N G  Weight Room o Upper body lifting o Lower body lifting  Core Training/Ab Workouts o P90X o Pilates/Yoga (Instructor from QUESTfitness, once a month) o Lunges w/ weight
  • 15. 13 X. Team Rules & Code of Conduct 1. Athletes will be a positive representative of the school on and off the field. 2. Athletes will attend every practice or game unless previously discussed with head coach. 3. Athletes will be 15 minutes early to every practice and game-time warm up. 4. Athletes will always be properly dressed and have the proper equipment a. Soccer shorts b. T-shirt (no sleeveless shirts) i. One white ii. One navy/black c. Soccer spikes d. Shin guards 5. Athletes will always maintain good grades and attend every class a. As a student-athlete, student is the most important part 6. Athletes will exhibit sportsmanship a. Respect officials, opposing teams and coaching staff, fellow teammates and coaching staff 7. Profanity will not be tolerated If any of these rules are broken, punishment will be determined by the head coach. Punishments can range from extra conditioning to game suspensions depending on the severity of the infraction.
  • 16. 14 XI. Team Integrity Contract Please sign the appropriate line below, and have your parent or guardian sign as well. Then return this contract to the head coach prior to participation in tryouts. In signing this contract, I acknowledge the following:  I have read and understand the Team Rules & Code of Conduct.  I fully understand that representing my school and community as a student athlete is a privilege, not my right.  I also understand that participation in the Dallastown soccer program brings with it inherent risks which may result in serious injury or death.  I agree that if I violate any of the school’s eligibility requirements or rules, I may be subject to possible suspension or removal from the sport. ____________________________ Print Student Name ____________________________ _____________ Student Signature Date ____________________________ _____________ Parent/Guardian Signature Date