Posted Feb 1, 2018

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How we create a great soccer experience for U6 and U7 players and coaches
 
Master Coach -- How Does It Work (U6-U7)?

2018 Master Coaches

Matt (England), Neil (Scotland), Shane (Ireland)

Teams meet with Master Coaches

Master Coaches describe the activity

Demonstration

Players and Coaches model the activity for the group

Team players give it a try!

Players complete activities in small groups

Teams gather when training is completed

Master Coaches recap what was learned

Up to 16 teams train together

U6 Session at Madison Middle School

Let's Play A Match!

After training is complete the teams compete

 
U6 and U7 Coed Program - Introducing Master Coach Coed Program

Master Coach Player and Coach Development Program (U-06 to U-07) The West Seattle Soccer Club (WSSC) is partnering with UK International Soccer (UKIS) to provide an age and competence appropriate program for our entry-level (U-06 to U-07) players and coaches. Each session is based on the latest United State Soccer Federation (USSF) curriculum.

"Coaching Players and Teaching Coaches" This side-by-side, student-teacher methodology, will enable volunteer coaches to learn the age-appropriate technical, tactical, physical, mental, and emotional requirements for teaching soccer to young players. This beneficial partnership between UKIS professional staff coaches and our WSSC volunteer coaches is intended to support and strengthen the coach so that he or she is equipped to positively impact each player's development and performance.

"Practice and Play" format Coaches and their teams participate in carefully crafted weekly practice sessions that are facilitated by our professional coaches. Every practice session culminates in a 32-minute match.

Here is an overview of how it works for each age group (and keep scrolling for SESSION PLANS and program FAQs).

2018 U-6 & U-7 Program Overview
Weekly Activity

Master Coach Training:

  • Sundays, between 12:30pm and 4:45pm.
  • Train and Play Sessions begin at 12:30pm, 2:00pm, or 3:30pm.
  • 8-Week Program begins on Sunday, September 16th
  • See Team Connect (formerly Bonzi Team) for Schedules
  • Weekly curriculum -- scroll down page

Training Day(s):

  • U-06 and U-07 train and play sessions are scheduled on Sundays
  • Some teams also choose to hold an optional team practice mid-week. Please practice at Madison Middle School
Format

6-16 teams participate in a professionally facilitated 35-minute training session, then play a 35-minute match (2 16-minute halves with a 3-minute halftime).
Total time commitment is 1 hour, 10 minutes.

  • Games are 16-minute halves with 3-minute halftime
  • Session 1: 12:30pm - 16 U-06 Teams
  • Session 2: 2:00pm - 16 U-07 Teams
  • Session 3: 3:30pm - 16 U-07 Teams

Field Diagrams

(8) Small Fields
Field #1 - NE Corner
Field #2 - NW Corner
Field #3 - NE Central
Field #4 - NW Central
Field #5 - SE Central
Field #6 - SW Central
Field #7 - SE Corner
Field #8 - SW Corner

2018 Fall Field Diagram

All 2018 Fall Sessions will be held at Hiawatha Playfield
2700 California Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98116

Fall Practice Venue
Madison Middle School, 3429 45th Ave, SW, Seattle

Curriculum / Session Plans

Click Link Below to Download Printable PDF

2018 Fall Curriculum Posted on 8/23/2018

WK1 Fall 2018
WK2 Fall 2018
WK3 Fall 2018
WK4 Fall 2018
WK5 Fall 2018
WK6 Fall 2018
WK7 Fall 2018
WK8 Fall 2018

 
Session Timelines - Coed U6 and U7 Soccer Program

Schedules for the Coed age groups include an intentional team training period at the beginning of each session that will be facilitated by our Master Coaches*. [*Professional Staff employed to lead and support coaches and players in the age group]

The purpose of our "Master Coach" program is to afford every player in the coed age group an opportunity to develop and improve their skills in a fun and age appropriate environment. The program is also designed to provide coaching support and education to each of our volunteer coaches. By training and playing together we achieve both aims.

Our Master Coaches (with support from our WSSC volunteer coaches) will introduce a new practice session each week that includes 2 skill-developing activities. The sessions are posted on our website so that coaches and parents can utilize the material for future practices.

Every Master Coach training session culminates in a match between the teams assigned to each field.


The weekly timeline for each Group is included below. Please arrive at least 5 minutes before your session time ready-to-play. Soccer balls have been supplied to the coach for every player. Always dress your player for the elements (we play soccer in the rain) and be certain to bring along a water bottle for your player (athletes need to stay hydrated).

Match Schedules are posted on the Coed Program page of our website. You can also view your player's schedule and communicate with your player's coach and team via TeamConnect (formerly Bonzi Team)

Session #1 - Hiawatha Playfield - (8) U-06 Fields (Fields 1-8) - 12:30 to 1:45pm
12:30pm - Teams gather for a brief introduction and the demonstration of the first activity and progression.
12:35pm - Coaches lead their individual teams and training partners through Activity #1.
12:50pm - Teams gather for a brief introduction and the demonstration of the second activity and progression.
12.55pm - Coaches lead their teams through Activity #2
1:10pm - HORN SOUNDS - Game Time (2-16 minute halves with a 3 minute half time).
1:45pm - Handshakes and farewell.

Session #2 - Hiawatha Playfield - (8) U-07 Fields (Fields 1-8) - 2:00 to 3:15pm
2:00pm - Teams gather for a brief introduction and the demonstration of the first activity and progression.
2:05pm - Coaches lead their indiviual teams and training partners through Activity #1.
2:20pm - Teams gather for a brief introduction and the demonstration of the second activity and progression.
2:25pm - Coaches lead their teams through Activity #2
3:40pm - HORN SOUNDS - Game Time (2-16 minute halves with a 3 minute half time).
3:15pm - Handshakes and farewell.

Session #3 - Hiawatha Playfield - (8) U-07 Fields (Fields 1-8) - 3:30 - 4:45pm
3:30pm - Teams gather for a brief introduction and the demonstration of the first activity.
3:35pm - Coaches lead their indiviual teams and training partners through Activity #1.
3:50pm - Teams gather for a brief introduction and the demonstration of the second activity and progression.
3:55pm - Coaches lead their teams through Activity #2
4:10pm - HORN SOUNDS - Game Time (2-16 minute halves with a 3 minute half time).
4:45pm - Handshakes and farewell.

Total time: 75 minutes


Train and Play Format vs. Games Only Format
In the past, teams played two 20-minute halves with a 5-minute half time. Teams that had a motivated and prepared coach found a place to practice during the week, but most players in the U-06 and U-07 age group received little or no technical instruction except corrections from coaches and parents on the sidelines during their actual match.

We're convinced that our Master Coach program will improve the player experience and foster coaching development that will pay dividends for many years to come. Please arrive on time and provide your full support for your volunteer coach and this important Club effort. GO WSSC!!

 
Coed Program - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

Why a Train and Play Format?

  • The coed age group is the entry point for the vast majority of our players and volunteer coaches.  We want to assure that both have the best youth soccer experience possible!
  • Promotes the education and development of our volunteer coaches while supporting their service to our club and community
  • Assures every player receives age and competency appropriate instruction that is delivered with excellence
  • Promotes a fun and positive learning experience for every participant (Coaches, Players, Supporters)
  • Fun and learning are mutually dependent aims!

What will WSSC provide?

  • Professional instruction for coaches and players via our Master Coaches.
  • On field support for the duration of the season
  • Weekly session plans.
  • Age appropriate season-long curriculum

Can U-6 and U-7 coaches choose to have additional team practices during the week?

  • Yes. The WSSC is not able to secure field reservations for mid-week practices during the spring, so if your team chooses to practice please do not interfere with scheduled users.  During the fall season, the Club typically has Madison MS field reserved Monday - Friday, 5pm to dusk for optional team practices. We also typically have Roxhill North and South reserved Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays,  from 5pm to dusk.
  • View practice field reservation schedule on the Coaches Corner page.

When will training schedules be posted?

  • U-6 and U-7: schedules will be posted at least one week prior to the start of training.

When are games held?

  • U-6 and U-7: games follow training and are held on Sundays.

How can coaches learn more?

View the Programs page to learn more about the Coed U-6 & U-7, and U-8 age group programs.


 
On This Page

Coed Program Video
Program Description

Weekly Timeline
Weekly Session Plans
Field Site Maps
Coed Program FAQ's

 
Master Coaching from UKIS


The WSSC is proud to partner with our friends at UK International Soccer (UKIS) to provide player and coaching development.

 
Weekly Session Plans

Printable session plans for each week of the season will be emailed to all participants and included on this page.

Click Link Below to Download Printable PDF

2018 Fall Curriculum Posted on 8/23/2018

WK1 Fall 2018
WK2 Fall 2018
WK3 Fall 2018
WK4 Fall 2018
WK5 Fall 2018
WK6 Fall 2018
WK7 Fall 2018
WK8 Fall 2018

2018 Spring Curriculum Posted on 4/2/2018

WK1 Spring 2018
WK2 Spring 2018
WK3 Spring 2018
WK4 Spring 2018
WK5 Spring 2018
WK6 Spring 2018
WK7 Spring 2018
WK8 Spring 2018

2017 Fall Curriculum Posted on 9/3/2017

WK1 Fall 2017
WK2 Fall 2017
WK3 Fall 2017
WK4 Fall 2017
WK5 Fall 2017
WK6 Fall 2017
WK7 Fall 2017
WK8 Fall 2017

2017 Spring Curriculm Posted on 3/21/2017

WK1 Dribbling.pdf
WK2 Dribbling.pdf
WK3 Ball Control.pdf
WK4 Ball Control.pdf
WK5 Passing.pdf
WK6 Passing.pdf
WK7 Goal Scoring.pdf
WK8 Goal Scoring.pdf