Stage 3: Learn to Train
U8 to U11 Female
U9 to U12 Male
"The Golden Age of Learning"
LONG TERM PLAYER DEVELOPMENT APPROACH
The effect of the role-model is very important at this stage. Children begin to
identify with famous players and successful teams, and they want to learn imaginative
skills. Skill demonstration is very important, and the players learn best by “doing.”
Players move from self-centered to self-critical, and they have a high arousal level
This is also an important time to teach basic principles of play and to establish a
training ethic and discipline. Repetitions are important to develop technical excellence,
but creating a fun and challenging environment is still essential for stimulating learning.
Physical – This is an optimal window for trainability of speed, flexibility and skills.
Technical – Building a greater repertoire of soccer
related movements; technical skills are developed in training and within the context of
basic soccer games.
Tactical – Developing environment awareness and encouraging decision making –
simple combinations, marking and running into space.
Mental – Golden age of learning; intrinsic motivation is developed by the Fun and
Enjoyment that foster desire to play; imagination, creativity, increased demands,
The Learning To Train Coaching Course
Hosting Clubs and Districts are offering these 2 day courses (16 hrs) throughout Ontario.
Coaches working with players in this stage are strongly encouraged to take a Learn To Train Coaching Course.
NB #2 To Clarify if you are coaching males that turn 9 years old in 2013 or females that turn 8 years old in 2013 you need to complete Learn To Train
NB #3 To clarify, if you are coaching female players who turn 11 in 2013 (born in 2002) or male players who turn 12 in 2013 (born in 2001) and you do not have your senior diploma (from the old system), you will need to complete Soccer for Life and MED
For a list of courses starting mid January, 2013 please visit the OSA Course List.
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Make Ethical Decisions Course
For a list of MED Courses offered through the Coaches Association of Ontario contact: Coaches Association of Ontario|
3 Concorde Gate Suite 108, Toronto, ON, M3C3N7
Learn to Train Sample Practices
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