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Rec Academy

Recreation Coaching Information

Current Season Information

Register and get more information for the February 24 USC courses here

Format of play:
U04 Soccer Tots is a parent and me program with game like activities and no formal games.
U05 & U06: dual team/dual field, each team plays 2 3v3 games at the same time on adjacent fields with only players/coaches in middle. OK to play 2v2 but not OK to play 4v4.
U07 & U08: dual team/dual field, each team plays 2 4v4 games at the same time on adjacent fields with only players/coaches in middle. OK to play 3v3 but not OK to play 5v5.
U09 & U10: teams play 7v7 including a GK, OK to play 6v6 or 5v5 if still short on players after evenly dividing all players.
U11 & U12 & U13: team play 9v9 including a GK, OK to play 8v8 or 7v7 if still short on players after evenly dividing all players.
U13-U19: Soccer Select teams play 11v11, except Hendricks high school teams in fall play 7v7,

  • All Star Game Info and flyer for parents
  • All Star Game ballots for coach to complete.
  • Picture schedule
  • Rec picture envelop
  • Picture make up day
  • "RECC Cards" info for coaches.

 

SCROLL DOWN FOR REC ACADEMY INFORMATION & LESSON PLANS FOR EACH WEEK


USA of Indiana Hendricks County Rec Team Training
Each coach to schedule the team’s regular weekly training at the Avon Soccer Complex or Brownsburg Soccer Complex for an hour between 5:30p-7:30pm.  There will be USA of Indiana staff available to help with training sessions including  Lead Coaches, USA of Indiana Travel Coaches. Teams are strongly encouraged to hold team training at either complex on these days.


USA of Indiana Pike Rec Team Training
Each coach to schedule the team’s regular weekly training at Northwestway Park for an hour between 5:30p-7:30pm.  There will be USA of Indiana staff available to help with training sessions including Lead Coaches, USA of Indiana Travel Coaches. Teams are strongly encouraged to hold team training at NWW on these days.


USA of Indiana REC ACADEMY for players and coaches, best in Central Indiana
Player wear uniform and break into teams with coach
Includes Model training session by Format of Play Group
Fusion USA of Indiana Rec Academy

“What’s next?” information.

1. Get your roster (see below for instructions)

2. Check online roster daily for any changes, late registrations, player movement at least through the second game.

3. Telephone each player asap and no later than Wednesday.

4. Invite players to both Academy sessions and include the dates/time/locations.

5.Coaches are expected at each Academy session since both are a part of coaching education.

6. Attend coaching training.

7. Every coach must take the one off Coaching Certification Course “Risk 101.”


Here is how to get your roster:

  1. Log into your family/personal Blue Sombrero account. https://sports.bluesombrero.com/Default.aspx?tabid=281184
  2. click the VOLUNTEER tab on the left.
  3. click on “Visit Team Page” button.
  4. click on the ROSTER tab at the top.
  5. click on the “Print Roster” button.
  6. This opens an page that is easily downloaded/printed as an excel of the team roster.
  7. One can then download it to a file to print by selecting from the drop-down “export to selected format” the  format you want (excel).
  8. Then click EXPORT to the right of the drop-down.

USA of Indiana Community Coaching Risk Management & Coaching Course Schedule

USA of Indiana  KidSafe 101 Risk Management

USA of Indiana Coaching Certification Course 101 

If you coach USA of Indiana and your name is not listed here, you must attend.
USA of Indiana Coach Training Session U5-U8 (3v3 & 4v4) 
USA of Indiana Community Coach Training Session U10-U12 (6v6 & 8v8)


USA of Indiana Recreation League Rules of Play

Notes for Coaches Meetings


Rec Coaching Guides & Lesson Plans


Why no Goalies

Sam Snow, U.S. Youth Soccer had the following interaction with a coach in Florida not long ago:Sam, can you send me some good articles or a comment on why we should play without goalies at U-8? I am trying to influence a club to change to this format.
The U-8 age group is still in an egocentric phase of psychological development, which tells us that we should allow these children to run and chase the ball, to be in the game – not waiting at the end of the field for the game to come to them. It is more important at this age that they chase the game. Children this age want to play with the toy (the ball) and they need to go to where the toy is to be fully engaged. Click here to read entire article.


Concussion Resource: It’s Better to Miss One Game Than the Whole Season 

To help ensure the health and safety of young athletes, CDC published Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports information about concussions to coaches, parents, and athletes.  Posted here is important information on preventing, recognizing, and responding to a concussion. If you think your athlete has sustained a concussion…don’t assess it yourself.   Take him/her out of play, and seek the advice of a health care professional.  http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/HeadsUp/youth.html
Coach clipboard document: http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/pdf/clipboard_Eng.pdf

USSF Youth Module I course


Yikes only 3 players showed up for practice!  What do I do now?
Great training sessions when only 2, 3,4, 5 or 6 players show up for training session.


USA of Indiana’s “Rec Mentor Matches” when professional coaches mentor players and coaches during a rec game.Mentor Matches


Recreation Coach Manual 

Recreation Coaching Manual
Great material for every youth Coach, includes child development, why children play sports, why children quit sports, training sessions.


Indiana Youth Soccer Recreation Coaching F Certificate Course

Click here to view F certificate course materials


USA of Indiana Community Recreation Tots, U5-U12 and USA of Indiana Rec Plus U13-U19 Coach Certificate Course

Click here to view USA of Indiana CCC course material

Rec Academy Infomation

Tutorial Videos For All Rec Coaches

3v3 Format of Play (U5 and U6 Coaches)
4v4 Format of Play (U7 and U8 Coaches)
6v6 Format of Play (U9 and U10 Coaches)
8v8 Format of Play (U11 and U12 Coaches):

USA of Indiana Rec Lesson Plans

Rec coaches will print and run the following training plans on this schedule.

USA of Indiana Fun Five Series 
(Print and Play Lesson Plans)

Click here for U5/U6 activities link

Click here for U7/U8 activities link

Click here for U10 activities link

All U10 and U12 coaches: how to do Mentor Matches for first game USAI Video

Lesson Plans

Tots Fours Training Sessions 7 sessions for Tots coach

Tots Manual with lesson plans
All coaches watch this short USAI video Overview of lesson plans and week 1 agility, coordination and balance


Training Videos:

Dribbling Practice Plan  U6′s
Dribbling With The Head Up (Warm-up)
Dribbling With The Head Up (First Activity)
Dribbling With The Head Up (Second Activity)
Dribbling With The Head Up (Final Game)

Striking The Ball Practice Plan  U8′s
Striking The Ball (Warm Up)
Striking The Ball (First Activity)
Striking The Ball (First Activity variation)
Striking The Ball (Second Activity)
Striking The Ball (Third Activity)
Striking The Ball (Final 4v4 Game)

Body Part game (:45 video)

Young Dribbling game Activity two Red Light Green Light
Young Dribbling game Boss of the Balls video k
Young Ball Retrieval Game video

U5-U6 Rec Academy Lesson Plans:

Week 1 – ABC: U6   Ball games
Week 2 – Dribble Head Up: U6  Red Light Green Light game
Week 3 – Striking The Ball: U6
Week 4 – Uh-Oh: U6
Week 5 – Push Pass: U6
Week 6 – Teammate

Academy 5-6 

U7 and U8 Rec Academy Lesson Plans:

 Week 1 Dribble the Ball: U8
Week 2 – Dribble Opponent: U8

Week 3 – Teammate Passing: U8
Week 4 – They Have The Ball: U8
Week 5 – Finishing Or Striking Ball: U8
Week 6 – Small Group Play: U8
Academy 7-8 

U9 and U10 Rec Academy Lesson Plans:

Week 1 – Heads Up Dribbling: U10
Week 2 – Opponent Dribbling: U10
Week 3 – Teammate Passing: U10
Week 4 – Win The Ball Back: U10
Week 5 – Finishing: U10
Week 6 – Small Group Play: U10

U11 and U12 Rec Academy Lesson Plans:

Week 1 – Heads Up Dribbling: U12
Week 2 – Opponent Dribbling: U12
Week 3 – We Have The Ball: U12  
Week 4 – They Have The Ball: U12
Week 5 – Finishing: U12
Week 6 – Small Group Play: U12

U13-U19 Rec Plus Academy Lesson Plans

Week 1 – Dribble-Possession: U14
Week 2 – Passing With Purpose: U14
Week 3 – We Have The Ball: U14
Week 4 – They Have The Ball: U14
Week 5 – Finishing: U14
Week 6 – Small Group Play: U14 


Tots Lesson Plans

Tots U4 Training Sessions - 7 unique training sessions for the Tots coach.
Tots 2
Tots 3
Tots 4
Tots 5
Tots 6
Tots 7


U5 & U6 Lesson Plans

Principles of play

Principles of U5 & U6′s Part I

Principles of U5 & U6′s Part II

Lesson Plans (6 week program)

Session 1 - Balance

Session 2 – Coordination

Session 3 – Dribbling with the Head Up

Session 4 – Dribbling to Get Away

Session 5 – Dribbling in a Crowd

Session 6 – Striking a Ball

 

U7 & U8 Lesson Plans

Principles of play

Principles of U7 & U8′s

Lesson Plans (6 week program)

Session 1 – Dribbling to Keep Possession

Session 2 – Passing

Session 3 –  Cooperative Passing

Session 4 – Making Connections

Session 5 – Striking a Ball

Session 6 – Receiving the Ball


U10 Lesson Plans

Principles of play & Lesson Plans

U10 Principles & Lesson Plans (6 week program)


U12 Lesson Plans

U12 Principles & Lesson Plans (6 week program)