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Offline SYFCoachMurph

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First Week of Practice Circus! Help!
« on: July 14, 2017, 10:51:35 AM »
Looking for some good resources for how to shape the first week of our practice starting Monday? I've been a coach in this league for 8 years and like to continually expand my knowledge, so resources like this are big for me.

I'm in a unique situation where I'm NOT the head coach for the first time in a while. I'll be the DC this season. We have a unique situation where - in our league - the midget group is 8-9-10 year olds. We have close to 40 kids and, within three weeks, we'll need to essentially make a Varsity and JV. Then two teams are formed from that entire group. I'll be the DC for the Varsity so to speak.

The problem we've got is there are too many coaches for this age group .... close to 12 ... and many of them, including the two head coaches are inexperienced. I'm trying not to step on toes bc I think they need to learn on their own...that being said, I'm - and I'm sure many of you know this drill - getting my input in respectfully.

How would you guys attack Week 1 with 40 kids and 12 coaches. Practice layout? Drills?

Essentially, what I've suggested is the obvious beginning and ending routines, having station drills for the first hour or so, and then moving into team prior to ending sprints or whatever the HC decides.

What drills would you guys run? Do you agree with this layout? How the hell do you organize 12 coaches for 40 kids?

Thanks!

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Re: First Week of Practice Circus! Help!
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2017, 11:02:44 AM »
It's not an issue of "number of coaches."  It's an issue of how many of them know what they're doing.

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Re: First Week of Practice Circus! Help!
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2017, 11:04:51 AM »
As far as stepping on each other's toes, you need to have a sit down where the demarcation lines are drawn.  If they aren't, be prepared for a disaster.

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Re: First Week of Practice Circus! Help!
« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2017, 03:48:11 PM »
First off, 12 coaches is an opportunity. Everyone gets a position group, allowing you to get some quality control going. Each coach must learn to look for specific things to fix, then can coach as the kid is lining up for the next rep or headed to the back of the line. This means getting together as a group and divvying up positions, then evaluating each coach for their knowledge of that position. Once you know that, you can decide how much or how little direction each coach needs, and which coaches are good on their own vs needing a mentor.

If it were me, I'd make evaluating and picking my two teams a top priority. Once I had the teams decided, I'd sent each on their way so they can start becoming their own respective teams.
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