Running Players in Practice - What Are You Really Thinking?
I do not know why, but our players love this drill. Pretty soon they develop strategies on where they take the ground on their bellies. They try to mix up their spacing all over the field or box out on their bellies. As a coach, let it go. They are having fun and conditioning at the same time. After five minutes, reverse the two sets of players to have the defensive group move to offense and so on.
We often conclude the drill by doing it as a 1V1. Whoever gets the ball is on offense, and we keep score between the two groups with just two players as the others cheer on their teammates. The winners are done, and the losing team collects the balls and/or cages.
Have fun and remember to keep the Four Keys in mind when planning your practices, even your conditioning.
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