U-6 Players
Posted Oct 1, 2017

At this age interest in playing soccer needs to be developed in an enjoyable way, so that the children will eventually end up loving to play the game. It is a fact that coaching younger players can be especially challenging.  Keep in mind that U-6 players can be impatient and easily distracted. This should be expected.  Don’t get frustrated. You can reach and teach all players with the right approach. This is what the U-6 Player says...

“Our parents bring us to you to play a game.  Even though we may look like pros in our uniforms, we’re not mini-adults; we’re children!

“We don’t have a soccer background. We need to learn from others by seeing and imitating. You are our role model and you must teach us.

“We have a very difficult time cooperating with others. Self-centeredness and boastfulness are beginning to decline, but we enjoy group play, showing a preference for small groups.

“We are interested in learning. Many of us know our right from our left, and playing soccer is stimulating for us. We like structure and are willing to apply rules. We’re aware of the rules governing cooperative play, but it’s best to use simple rules only.

“Remember, we had to crawl, walk, run, jump, and hop in that order, so we will develop our soccer skills the same way.

“In general, we will ‘play at’ soccer by imitating rather than actually ‘playing’ soccer. The fun lies in us just kicking the ball rather than passing to a teammate or shooting at the goal.“

The opportunity to experiment with techniques is more important to us than success in the technique. We do not understand the concept of winning/losing, and will therefore believe everyone is a winner!”

Sincerely,

Your U-6 Player

 
Technically Weak