We will be introducing two new topics this week: heading the ball and goalkeeping for the U-10s through U-14 players. For the U-8s, we will explore fun, backyard soccer games that they can practice at home.
If you are interested in learning more about proper techniques to head the soccer ball, you can watch How to Head a Soccer Ball video on You Tube: http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=y5GQXFhUEgc.
This week the topic will be possession (keeping the ball) for all of the age groups. With the younger age groups, we will spend more time emphasizing cooperating with your teammates.
The Values through Sport topic for this week is respect.
Our topic for Monday, April 29 will be passing and receiving. We will focus on technique and proper positioning to make the next pass.
Consider checking out the following US Youth Soccer videos on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/usyouth/videos?query=passing.
- Push Pass
- Receiving Ground Balls
- First Touch
- Wedge Trap
- Volley Pass with the Inside of the Foot
- Volley Pass with the Instep
The videos are each less than a minute. Please share them with your teams as well.
Practice plans for this week:
Cutters 4v4 Street Soccer Fridays
6:00-7:30 – Olcott Park – Spring 2013
April 19 – May 24 (6 weeks)
“Young players need freedom of expression to develop as creative players … they should be encouraged to try skills without fear of failure.”
~Arsene Wenger – Arsenal
Cutters “Street Soccer” Friday is for U9-U14 year olds from Travel or Community Soccer. Cutters coaches will organize the 4v4 Street Soccer Friday with the sole purpose of allowing the children to play a “street-oriented” game with and against players from different age groups.
Continue reading about Street Soccer Fridays
This week we will work on defending with all age groups. The theme for coaching points will be Fast to Slow, Sideways and Low.
We recommend everyone review the following online resources:
The videos were created by US Soccer for youth coaches.
The topic for this week will be advanced dribbling. The skills vary by age group, but will include fakes, turns, shielding, change of speed and change of direction.
Also this week, we will begin the Values through Sport pilot program for players. The topic this week is responsibility. We will encourage the players to be responsible for their own equipment (for example, remembering to bring their ball, shin guards and water bottle to and from practice). In addition, we will ask them how else they can be responsible at soccer and at home. If you would like more information on the Values through Sport project, please visit http://valuesthroughsport.com.
We are looking forward to a great practice on Monday night. Here are the practice plans:
The U-6s will continue to work on dribbling and coordination this weekend. Please review the following practice plan and let us know if you have any questions.
Practice Plan: Week 2 U-6 Spring 2013
It’s going to be a bit chilly in the morning, so dress warmly. Karst is always cooler than being in town.
** These practice plans will be used on Monday, April 8 **
Welcome to the spring 2013 Cutters Community Soccer season! We are excited to begin.
The first practice will include dribbling and getting to know your teammates, coaches and trainers. We will end practice with a scrimmage to get ready for Saturday’s first game.
Every player should wear shin guards and bring a soccer ball and water bottle to each practice. Please put a parent’s cell phone number on the soccer ball in case it is left at the field. Also, make sure everyone is dressed warmly for Monday. The temperature at Karst often feels much cooler than in town. Finally, always call the Karst Farm Park hotline, 812-349-2126, before driving to the fields.
Here are the practice plans for this week. Coaches should print a copy to bring to practice.
If you are unsure where to park or which field to report to on Monday, please check out this map of Karst Farm Park.
Hello U-6 coaches,
The practice plan and additional information have been sent to your e-mail addresses.
This week the practice plan is a little different to allow time for you to get to know your players’ names and to hand out team shirts.
Here’s the practice plan for a quick reference: Week 1 U-6 Spring 2013 Practice Plan
Welcome to the spring 2013 season of Community Soccer. We are appreciative of all the volunteer coaches that make the Community Soccer program possible.
The following resources will be helpful for the 2013 season. Please review them and ask us questions at the coaches meeting, by e-mail or at the fields.
Please make sure every family on your team registers for Cutters weather alerts via RainedOut.com. Participants can visit the Web site, http://www.rainedout.com, to register for e-mail and text updates or they can text CUTTERS to 70359 to receive text message alerts from Cutters Soccer Club. This service is the fastest way to receive notice when Karst closes or practices are canceled due to inclement weather.
Cutters Community Soccer staff
Registration is open for the Spring 2013 season of Community Soccer. The season begins on Saturday, March 30 (U6 only) or Monday, April 1 (all other age groups) and ends on Saturday, June 8. The U6 age group meets only on Saturday mornings; all other age groups meet on Monday evenings and Saturday mornings. All practices and games are held at Karst Farm Park. (Note: The Club offers need-based scholarships for participation in the program.)
- U6 (August 1, 2006 – July 31, 2007)
- U8 (August 1, 2004 – July 31, 2006)
- U10 (August 1, 2002 – July 31, 2004)
- U12 (August 1, 2000 – July 31, 2002)
- U14 (August 1, 1998 – July 31, 2000)
- U18 (August 1, 1994 – July 31, 1998)
Note: Unless a child is deliberately playing up an age group or down an age group, all children – regardless of their date of birth – are in the same age during the spring season as they were during the preceding fall season. Continue reading about Community Soccer Registration Open
October 27 is our last Saturday morning session for Community Soccer. Thank you so much for all you do for the U-6 players. They have a wonderful experience week after week.
Here’s our final practice plan: U-6 Practice Plan for 10/27/2012
The forecast for the morning is cold with temperatures in the 30s. Please remind your players and their families to dress warmly. It always feels colder at Karst.
This week we will focus on goal scoring! The players usually like this topic, but may overlook the proper technique in all of the excitement. Please try to emphasize the coaching points regarding technique and placement.
Weather: As of Saturday evening, the forecast for Monday was a 50 percent chance of rain. Please check the Karst Hotline 812-349-2126 before driving to the fields for practice.
This week we will work on possessing the ball. In the younger age groups, we will emphasize cooperating. The older age groups will work more with movement, getting open for the ball and communication.
Please let your age group coordinator know if you have any questions.
We will use the practice plan originally posted for Oct. 6 for this Saturday, Oct. 13. We will work on dribbling through a crowd with the U-6 players. We want to emphasize looking up, keeping the ball close and changing speed & direction.
Please review the plan for Saturday: U-6 Week 5 Practice Plan — Dribbling through a Crowd
Weather looks great for this Saturday!
But, just in case…
Weather Reminder: Please call the Karst Hotline (812-349-2126) every Saturday morning to check the status of the fields. Also, make sure you are signed up for text alerts from RainedOut.com, as this is the quickest way for Cutters Soccer Club to notify you of last-minute cancellations or changes.
This week we will focus on passing and receiving in all age groups. Please review the following practice plans before Monday. If you have any questions, please contact your age group coordinator via e-mail or talk to them prior to practice on Monday.
Due to all the rain at the soccer fields this week, please call the Karst Weather Hotline, 812-349-2126, before driving to practice.
This week with the U-6s, we will emphasize changing direction and changing speed while dribbling. We will play a couple of tag games that the children really enjoy.
The practice plan is available here: Week 4 — U-6 Creative Dribbling
For the U-6 practice session this week, we will work on passing. Coaches, please help your players as they participate in the practice portion of the session.
Here’s the plan for this week: Week 3: U-6 Passing Practice (Fall 2012)
We will use the following practice plan for this Monday (it was originally from the rained out practice on Monday, Sept. 17).
The topic for this week is defending. In addition to reviewing the practice plans, we suggest you watch the following short Quick Tipcs videos from US Soccer
This Week’s Practice Plans for each age group:
Please let your players know about the Cutters Juggling Club. They can earn t-shirts by demonstrating their juggling skills to their age group coordiantor for Community Soccer. Visit http://cutterssoccer.org/news/cutters-juggling-club-new/ for more details.
Please let us know if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you Monday night!
This week with the U-6 players we will practice dribbling and coordination. The activities are a lot of fun for the players. While they are having fun, they feel empowered to be creative with a soccer ball as well.
Please review the practice plan before Saturday’s practice/game session: U-6 Practice Plan for Saturday, Sept. 15 **We will use the practice plan from the Sept. 8 rained out session. **
For the second half of our session, the teams will play games. The U-6 age group plays 3 vs. 3. Please do not place more players on the field. In a 3 vs. 3 environment, each child will have ample opportunity to touch the ball and participate. Also, children at this age get hot and tired quickly, so having substitutes helps. Move the players on and off the field every few minutes, so no one has time to get bored
Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!
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