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Kinesiology & Health Science
KINE 2475
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Practice Observation Alexandru Truta 212360806 Coaching: The Art and Science HH/KINE 2475 “What is practice and why is it important?”, one may ask. Practice is spending countless hours on the court or field, giving all you've got, blood, sweat and tears, everything within you, to be successful on that one sport that you dearly love so much. Practice is important because it gives you the opportunity to be the best that you can possibly be and raise above all odds. Further, it is perfectly portrayed what practice really means in the following quote. “Good players practice until they get it right, great players practice until they never go wrong.” (Douley, 2010) As the quote depicted, in order to be the best or a great player you will have to practice until you never go wrong. That being said, this report will analyze two different soccer practice scenarios of the under 18 Erin Mills Eagles, OYSL 2013 champions. The practices are broken down in two, technical and fitness. Moreover, it will explain the structure and steps of their practice, what they've accomplished in those practices that have made them so successful, and lastly, analyze and discuss various aspects of the practices. Firstly, this report will analyze the technical practice of the Erin Mills Eagles. The coach of the team is Ryan Lam, a 35 year old, with provincial B license. Ryan arrives at the field 30 minutes earlier than his team, to set up and prepare for the upcoming practice.At the arrival of the athletes, Ryan greets the parents and his players, and starts friendly conversations with them to make them feel comfortable and welcomed. The coach waits until 8 p.m sharp before starting the practice. The athletes gather together in a circle around the coach and patiently wait for him to speak.At this time, the coach gives a five minute introduction of what tonight's practice will consist of.After the introduction, the practice begins. The first part of the practice is the warmup. The athletes start with a two lap run around a full size soccer field, followed by dynamic stretching and finishing off the warmup with a twelve minute run. Next, it is the second part and the main focus of today's practice, technical skills.At this stage, the athletes are divided into groups of three, and begin the first and the simplest task of their technical practice, passing the ball to one another in the eighteen yard box. The following drill, which increases difficulty, includes the players getting in three different groups based on their pinnies colors they have been handed by the coach. The athletes then, have to pass the ball from the red team to blue, from blue to yellow, and yellow to red. The athletes repeat this drill for about ten minutes. Once the athletes get a hang of it and comfortably complete the drill, the coach sets up the next exercise. For this next drill, coach Ryan sets up four cones, forming a square, then the players are divided to each of the four cones. The athletes start passing one ball around the square and carefully controlling and touching the ball to the right in order to quickly pass the ball to the teammate on the next cone. After five minutes intervals, the coach adds another ball, to increase the speed and the technical ability and switches directions of the drill to work on both of the athlete's feet.After this drill, the team rests for about five minutes and makes the transition into the second last drill of the technical practice, which is shooting. In this drill, one player stands at the top of the eighteen yard box. The rest of the players form a straight line ten feet away from the other player at the top of the box. The first player in line passes the ball to the player at the top of the eighteen, he takes a touch right or left and shoots the ball.After the player on the eighteen has shoot the ball, he goes to recover it and the player who has just passed him the ball takes his place, and so on. The last drill of the technical practice is scrimmage. For this final drill, the players are divided equally into two teams. At this point, the coach sets up six cones, three on one side of the field, and three on the other, then he places balls on top of the cones. The objective of this drill is to accurately hit the ball off the cones and prevent the other team from knocking down yours. After the final drill is completed, the team runs a two lap cool down around the field, and finishes off with a final stretch. Lastly, before the players departure from the field, the coach talks for ten minutes about the practice, what the athletes have learned and what they can improve on. That being said, this was the technical practice of the under 18 Erin Mills Eagles. In conclusion, this practice has critically focused on the technique of the athlete, on and off the ball, and stressed the importance of a player's touch, movement, vision and accuracy. These are elements that a player needs to master in order to improve and play at the highest level against the best opponents. Secondly, this report will analyze the fitness practice of the Erin Mills Eagles. What is physical fitness exactly? The definition is vague because it can be defined and measured in different ways.A basic definition of physical fitness is "the ability to complete daily tasks with energy, reduce health risks due to inactivity, and be able to participate in a variety of physical activities.” Furthermore, the fitness components are qualities that athletes must develop to physically prepare for sport competition. They are the building blocks of exercise and physical activity. Sports training programs are designed to build these components in the proper proportions that match the requirements of each sport. (Powers & Howley, 1990) That being said, this is the break down of coach Ryan's fitness routine at a practice. The coach understands the importance of fitness when dealing with athletes, especially soccer players.As a soccer player, it is necessary for the athlete to be able to run for a 90 minute game. Failing to do so, could result in open space for the other team, lack of movement from your team, and players being unmarked, making it easier for the opposite team to score. With that in mind, Erin Mills Eagles takes fitness very seriously. The fitness practice starts at 7 p.m. Before the beginning of this practice, the coach asks his player to put on their running shoes and after giving them a quick introduction of tonight's practice, the athletes begin with a two lap run around the field and dynamic stretching to warm-up.After the warm-up, the team proceeded to their next drill, a twelve minute run. In this drill, the team has to jog, without stopping for twelve minutes, and they have to do it as a team, at the same pace. Upon finishing this drill, the team gets a five minute water break. Next, the team goes for a 30 minute run around the neighborhood, the athletes must complete this without allowing themselves to stop at any point throughout the run, unless there is a safety issue.After returning from the 30 minute run, the team gets another five minute break, then they complete another twelve minute run. Finally, for the last drill, the team gets prepared for suicides. As the name implies, suicide drills, or suicides, are not for the faint of heart. However they are a terrific exercise for building cardiovascular strength, speed and agility. Few other exercises can boast this range of impact. Furthermore suicides can be run on grass, sand or pavement and thus do not rely on the limiting factor of a track that other running programs suggest. Running suicides is a great way to get in a diverse workout in under 15 minutes. (Barkley, 2011) For this last drill, coach Ryan places five cones across half of the field, the players are evenly divided in groups based on the numbers of athletes present. The objective of this drill is to sprint to each cone, and back where you began, after completing the run to all five cones, you must return home and the next athlete starts running. This is a race and whoever finishes first is excused from doing 20 push ups and 20 crunches at the end of the race. The race has three parts, the players have to run forwards, backwards and sideways.At the end of the practice, the coach reviews what the athletes have learned and what they have to
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