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๐Ÿ“š Coach's Playbook

Mini Games

Mini Games

Find a way to incorporate the skills you just practiced into a game. Make the game age appropriate. For example, if you are coaching 5 year olds, you might play a game of sharks and minnows. If you are coaching 10 year olds, you might play a game of 3v3.

  1. Controlled Scrimmage
    • Variations
      1. New move before you score
      2. Pass X times before you score
  2. Hungry hippos
  3. Sharks and minnows
  4. Musical balls
  5. Relay race
  6. Passing relay

Controlled Scrimmage

Let the kids play a scrimmage, but add a rule that they must do a certain skill before they can score. For example, if you are working on dribbling, you might require the kids to do a move before they can score. If you are working on passing, you might require the kids to pass X times before they can score.

Take time to stop the play and teach the kids. Help them understand spacing and positioning.

Hungry Hippos

  1. Divide the kids into two teams.
  2. Have the kids line up on opposite sides of the field.
  3. Place a bunch of balls in the middle of the field.
  4. When you say go, one player from each team will run to the middle of the field and try to dribble as many balls as they can back to their side of the field and score.
  5. The next player in line will go when the first player gets back to their side of the field and scores.
  6. The team with the most balls on their side of the field wins.

Sharks and Minnows

  1. Have the kids line up on one side of the field.
  2. Select one or two kids to be the sharks.
  3. The sharks will stand in the middle of the field.
  4. When you say go, the kids will try to dribble to the other side of the field without getting their ball stolen by the sharks.
  5. If a shark steals a ball, the kid who lost their ball becomes a shark.
  6. The last kid to get their ball stolen wins.

Musical Balls

  1. Create a circle using cones.
  2. Place balls in the middle of the circle; one less ball than the number of kids.
  3. Have the kids stand around the circle.
  4. Start playing some music and have the kids run around the circle.
  5. When the music stops, the kids must run to the middle of the circle and try to get the ball, and dribble it back to their spot.
  6. The kid who doesnโ€™t get a ball is out.
  7. Remove a ball and start the music again.

Relay Race

  1. Divide the kids into two teams; adjust the teams so that they are evenly matched.
  2. Have the kids line up on opposite sides of the field.
  3. When you say go, the first player in line will run to the other side of the field, dribble around a cone, and come back.
  4. The next player in line will go when the first player gets back to their side of the field.
  5. The first team to finish wins.

Passing Relay Race

  1. Divide the kids into two teams; adjust the teams so that they are evenly matched.
  2. Have the kids create two lines on opposite sides of the field and have them stand about 20 feet apart to spread out the entire length of the field.
  3. When you say go, the first player in line will pass the ball to the next player in line.
  4. The players will continue passing the ball down the line.
  5. Once the ball is passed to the last player in line, that players will return the ball by passing the ball back down the line.
  6. The first team to finish wins.

Variations

Passing Relay to 2-ball game

  1. After the ball has been passed down the line, the players should work together to score a goal.
  2. While the team is trying to score a goal, the opposing team will also be trying to keep the other team from scoring. Both balls are live.
  3. The first team to score their ball wins.