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So you want to coach 5 – 10 yr olds

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Point to consider when training 5 to 10 year olds in field hockey

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So you want to coach 5 – 10 yr olds

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  2. 2. * Concentration – players of this age will only be able to handle a 40 min session – even shorter session in early season. *
  3. 3. * Make the session play based. Teach a skill then make a game up e.g. for dribbling ‘Pirates’ or ‘Rob the Nest’. *
  4. 4. * Start in a small space and as the season progresses keep increasing the space the players have to run in. * Skill level low - a bigger space just means more errors and less time performing the skill. *
  5. 5. * Plan to do 3 or 4 skills for short periods rather than 1 or 2 for long periods of time. Players of this age need the skills to be changed regularly – keep them moving. * E.g. Skill – Dribbling & Tapping * Introduce skills * Move in to dribbling relays and tapping relays * Play a game of ‘Pirates’ or ‘Rob the Nest’ increasing the grid size depending on the ability of the group. *

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