Please note, all Massachusetts Youth Soccer session plans are provided in good faith and must not be utilized forassignments for US Soccer or NSCAA coach education courses. We welcome coaches and organizations to share, use and build upon all Mass Youth Soccer Session plansas long as appropriate credit is given.
in order to make practices run smoothly and be fun, it is important for us to have a basic understanding of the intellectual, emotional and physical developmental stage of the players we are coaching. Here are some typical characteristics of the Under 6 player.
Focused on themselves – reality to them is based on what they see and feel
Unable to see the world from another’s perspective
Everything is in the here and now
Cooling systems are less efficient - need frequent water breaks
Enjoy playing, not watching. Every player should have a ball in practice
Limited attention span - keep directions concise and to the point
Effort is performance – if they try hard, they are doing well
Active imaginations – utilize their imagination in activities, and they will love practice!
Look for adult approval – be encouraging when they say “Coach, look what I can do!”
Unable to think abstractly – spatial relationships are a mystery
Typically have 2 speeds -- extremely fast and stopped