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8U (1st/2nd Grade) Grassroots Session Plans Fall 2017

Week 1 - Dribbling Week 2 - Passing Week 3 - Defending
Week 4 - Dribbling Week 5 - Shooting Week 6 - Defending
Week 7 - Passing Week 8 - Shooting Week 9 - Defending
Week 10 - Passing    

 

Click here to read Ian Mulliner's article on our New Session Plans

Mass Youth Soccer Monthly - Ian Blog

Please use the Document search below to download our U8 plans from previous years. 


Please note, all Massachusetts Youth Soccer session plans are provided in good faith and must not be utilized for assignments for US Soccer or NSCAA coach education courses. We welcome coaches and organizations to share, use and build upon all Mass Youth Soccer Session plans as long as appropriate credit is given. 


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In order to make practices run smoothly and be fun, it is important to have a basic understanding of the intellectual, emotional, and physical developmental stage of the players we are coaching. Here are some typical characteristics of the Under 8 player:

  • Enjoy playing in pairs
  • Are now able to take another’s perspective.
  • Still unable to think abstractly – be patient.
  • Cooling system still less efficient than adults – still make sure to give frequent water breaks.
  • Still prefer playing to watching – keep everyone active during practice.
  • Limited attention span
  • Have an understanding of time and sequence – “if I do this, then that happens”.
  • Some now have a third or fourth speed in addition to stopped and as fast as possible.
  • Very aware of adult reactions – be very aware of your reactions.
  • Seek out adult approval and need reassurance – be supportive.
  • Begin to become aware of peer perception – a social order is beginning to develop.
  • Wide range of abilities between children at this age
  • Beginning to develop motor memories
  • Some become more competitive
  • Less active imaginations than U6 players
Document Description Post Date
U8 Spring 2017- Week 1 -Dribbling .PDF Document 6 Surfaces - Dribbling Gates "Play Practice Play" Aug 01, 2017
U8 Spring 2017- Week 2 -Passing .PDF Document Pairs Passing "Play Practice Play" Aug 01, 2017
U8 Spring 2017- Week 3 -Shooting .PDF Document Shootout "Play Practice Play" Aug 01, 2017
U8 Spring 2017- Week 4- Dribbling .PDF Document 4 Goal Game "Play Practice Play" Aug 01, 2017
U8 Spring 2017- Week 5- Passing/Receiving .PDF Document 4 Corner Passing "Play Practice Play" Aug 01, 2017
U8 Spring 2017- Week 6- Shooting .PDF Document Shooting Gallery "Play Practice Play" Aug 01, 2017
U8 Spring 2017- Week 7- Dribbling .PDF Document End Zone Dribble "Play Practice Play" Aug 01, 2017
U8 Spring 2017- Week 8- Passing/Receiving .PDF Document Pairs Passing with Defenders "Play Practice Play" Aug 01, 2017
U8 Spring 2017- Week 9- Shooting off the Dribble .PDF Document 4 Corner Shooting "Play Practice Play" Aug 01, 2017
U8 Spring 2017- Week 10- 4v4 Festival .PDF Document 4v4 Festival "Play Practice Play" Aug 01, 2017
Results: 74 Record(s) Found.
 
 
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