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Tips for fun and  effective practices.

KEEP IT FUN Picture yourself at the grocery store and your the last person in a 12 person line. Any fun? Same thing for the kids. Avoid using long lines in your drills or activities. 

Another good practice tip is not to play elimination games in which a player sits if he/she loses. Chances are good that if he lost, he needs to practice and not be sitting.

#2 HAVE A PLAN Don't be stumbling for ideas with 30 eyes looking at you. You will look more professional. Fold it in half and tuck it in on the side of your waistband for quick access to it. After practice, use it to write what worked good and what didn't. Keep them as records so you know what and when you practiced. BLANK Practice Plan also Sample WORKING Plan

#3 ARRIVE EARLY. Have everything laid out for two or three activities. No down time in between drills. No time for kids to get into mischief. HAHA


#5 USE PROGRESSIONS. Progressions


-Have an odd number of players. Use the player as a target player (a player that plays on both teams). This will give you numbers up on either offense or defense. This can be useful to show the team success in a certain area. Or use extra player as "assistant coach" to keep the player busy.
-Last player to practice is on "cone duty". "Cone duty" is picking up all the cones and gear at the end of practice. The player wont be late too often.
-Keep it simple. Don't use big fancy words. Simple is Better.
-Fake it. If you had a rough day at work and you are not enthusiastic about being at practice then you have to fake it.
-If a drill or activity isn't working, don't be afraid to change the drill or even stop it all together.
Player Communication Player Communication

Keeping it fun. 
More on avoiding lines.


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