Coach’s Chat Volume II; Issue II Summer, 2009 Highland Youth Sports Advisory Commission 2009 Play Season Wrap! The 2009 season has al- ready passed and we are gearing up for Outdoor Soccer. Special points of Approximately 900 boys interest: and girls participated in this year’s summer recrea- • Basketball Registra- tional baseball/softball tion August 24th— program. We also intro- September 14th duced Preschool T-ball • Baseball/Softball which apparently was a Registration— success. February 2010 plete an entire game. season in order to have There is no doubt that we coaches gather a better had some obstacles with The HYSAC met for a post- understanding of the rules, the tremendous amount of season review of the sea- and develop a coach’s rain-outs. Of the 340 regu- son and discussed some background check for all larly scheduled games, important topics that will sports. over 100 games had to be be finalized at the next rescheduled mainly be- meeting on Wednesday, The HYSAC and the Parks cause of weather. September 9th. and Recreation Department also wants to take this The HYSAC also imple- Such topics will include the Inside this opportunity to express our mented a new pitching future of the AA Division, issue: most sincere appreciation policy in the Rookie Divi- signage to direct specta- for all of the time the sion that, when under- tors/teams to the proper Soccer Drills 2 coaches and parents de- stood correctly, proved to location, continue to work voted to making their be successful as teams on communication; espe- child’s experience a posi- Too Good To Play? 3 were actually able to com- cially during the pre- tive one. Miscellaneous 4 Basketball Registration It’s hard to believe but we panded to any boy or girl that in the event that a boy My View 4 will be taking registrations including those that reside or girl is selected for the at the Korte Recreation Cen- outside of the Highland traveling team, they will ter for basketball registra- School District. not be required to play in tion for boys and girls Au- the recreational league but Although we are expand- gust 24—September 14. will be required to pay an ing the recreational basket- additional $10.00. Should It was decided by the HYSAC ball to include non- the boy or girl decide to to implement a new policy Highland School District play recreational basket- this year for eligible partici- children, we will be limit- ball, they are still welcome pants. ing the eligibility of the to play on both teams. traveling basketball teams This year, registration will to be comprised of only If you have any questions, not be limited to Highland Highland School District please feel free to contact Community School and St. children. the Parks & Recreation Paul students only. Rather, Department at 651.1386. registration will be ex- In addition, it was decided Volume II; Issue II Page 2 How to coach, teach and use the basic youth soccer drills • Bow-Tie Drill - Teaches footwork for receiving and passing. Set up the players in couples. Put out 4 cones in a straight line with a normal passing distance between the middle two, and place the other two on either side of the others about 10 feet away. The players stand on the two inside cones and pass the ball to each other. In receiving a pass, the player uses the outside of one foot to direct the ball behind them and they dribble the ball around the outside cone and back to the inside cone, where they pass the ball. • Horse in the Middle Drill - Teaches players to read the defender when making a pass. Put together groups of three. Set-up a rectangle with cones, 10-20 feet long and 5-10 feet wide, depending on age group. Position two players at each end of the rec- tangle giving each one a ball. Position a player in the middle and try to have the two end players pass the ball back and forth to each other without the defender getting the ball. • Three-Play Drill - Teaches passing on the move. Line-up players in groups of three. Set-up a rectangle 10-20 feet long and 5- 10 feet wide. Place a player with a ball at each end of the rectangle. Station on player in the middle. Begin by have player on end A pass the ball to the player in the center. The player in the center must return the ball immediately and then turn to re- ceive a pass from the player on end B. Continue until the group has completed 5-10 passes to each side. You can set-up a com- petition where the group to that completes five passes from each end to the middle wins. First Touch Drill - One soccer ball for every two players and four cones to develop accuracy from a moving passer to a moving target without defensive pressure. Do the following: • Scatter players in pairs in a 20 by 20 yd. grid • Each set of partners has a ball. • On signal, players begin to move through the grid. • Players with the balls pass to their partner, who must pass back on the first touch. • Partners continue moving using only one-touch passing. • Sidewinder Drill - To determine how well players are able to change directions and speeds. Place two cones ten feet apart. On coaches signal, players move laterally to touch one marker and then move in the opposite direction to touch the other marker. To make it competitive count the number of times each player touches both cones. • Herkey-Jerkey Drill - Demonstrate how changing speed can be used to create space. Set up a 10 x 10 grid with cones. Place 3 or 4 players in a single file line. Have the first player start and tell each follower to stay as close to the person in front of them as they can. Have the lead player jog at a constant speed the first time around the grid. The second time around tell the front runner to change speeds fast, slow, fast. After they finish talk to the group about how much harder it was to stay close to the person in front of them when the speed was changing. • Shooting Gallery Drill - Develop instep shooting technique, practice attacking and defending with small groups. Two teams of four players. Evenly distribute 12 cones in a 10 x 10 circle. Goals are scored by knocking down cones, players are not al- lowed into the circle but must shoot from anywhere outside of the circle. Start off with two balls (one for each team), Each team can score points by knocking down a cone. Balls that stop in the circle are dead and cannot be retrieved. If a ball goes completely through the circle it can be played by the team retrieving. The player that doesn’t have a ball can either defend or try to get open for a chance to shoot at a cone. • Red Light, Green Light Drill - Develop fundamental foot skills for dribbling, helps teach young children to keep the ball close and under control. Just like the game we played in our youth, the coach or one of the players is "IT". He or she stands at one end of the field with his or her back to the others and calls out red light, green light one two three and then turns around. The players meanwhile have been dribbling toward him or her and must stop, with their foot on top of the ball, when the player turns around anyone moving must go back to the beginning and try again. If a player reaches the person who is "IT" they are the winner. • Position Drill - Teach possession and passing skills. Moving without the ball, looking for open areas, etc. Set-up a small field (30 x 30) with cones. Play 7 versus 4, where the team of seven tries to keep possession of the ball under pressure of the team of 4. The team of seven can score by passing the ball ten times to each other. The team of 4 can score by dribbling the ball outside of the cones. • Cone Race Drill - Teach players to kick hard and follow all the way to the goal. All players have a ball and start in a line at one end of the field. At the other end of the field (30 or 40 yards away) set up 10 cones in a small circle. At the whistle have all players kick their ball as hard as they can and run after it. The players need to keep kick the ball and running until they get to the other end of the field. Once they get to the cones they need to kick the balls through the cones until all cones are knocked over. Once all of the cones are knocked over they need to race back to the other end. (Variation - set up two or three defenders between the player and the cones.) Volume II; Issue II Page 3 AP Photo/Douglas HealeyOfficials with the Youth Baseball League of New Haven say they will disband Jericho Scott's team because his coach won't stop him from pitching. [+] Enlarge NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Nine-year-old Jericho Scott is a good baseball player -- too good, it turns out. The right-hander has a fastball that tops out at about 40 mph. He throws so hard that the Youth Baseball League of New Haven told his coach that the boy could not pitch any more. When Jericho took the mound anyway last week, the opposing team forfeited the game, packed its gear and left, his coach said. Officials for the three-year-old league, which has eight teams and about 100 players, said they will disband Jericho's team, redis- tributing its players among other squads, and offered to refund $50 sign-up fees to anyone who asks for it. They say Jericho's coach, Wilfred Vidro, has resigned. But Vidro says he didn't quit and the team refuses to disband. Players and parents held a protest at the league's field on Saturday urging the league to let Jericho pitch. "He's never hurt any one," Vidro said. "He's on target all the time. How can you punish a kid for being too good?" The controversy bothers Jericho, who says he misses pitching. "I feel sad," he said. "I feel like it's all my fault nobody could play." Jericho's coach and parents say the boy is being unfairly targeted because he turned down an invitation to join the defending league champion, which is sponsored by an employer of one of the league's administrators. Jericho instead joined a team sponsored by Will Power Fitness. The team was 8-0 and on its way to the playoffs when Jericho was banned from pitching. "I think it's discouraging when you're telling a 9-year-old you're too good at something," said his mother, Nicole Scott. "The whole objective in life is to find something you're good at and stick with it. I'd rather he spend all his time on the baseball field than idol- izing someone standing on the street corner." League attorney Peter Noble says the only factor in banning Jericho from the mound is his pitches are just too fast. "He is a very skilled player, a very hard thrower," Noble said. "There are a lot of beginners. This is not a high-powered league. This is a developmental league whose main purpose is to promote the sport." Noble acknowledged that Jericho had not beaned any batters in the co-ed league of 8- to 10-year-olds, but say parents expressed safety concerns. "Facing that kind of speed" is frightening for beginning players, Noble said. League officials say they first told Vidro that the boy could not pitch after a game on Aug. 13. Jericho played second base the next game on Aug. 16. But when he took the mound Wednesday, the other team walked off and a forfeit was called. League officials say Jericho's mother became irate, threatening them and vowing to get the league shut down. "I have never seen behavior of a parent like the behavior Jericho's mother exhibited Wednesday night," Noble said. Scott denies threatening any one, but said she did call the police. League officials suggested that Jericho play other positions, or pitch against older players or in a different league. Local attorney John Williams was planning to meet with Jericho's parents Monday to discuss legal options. "You don't have to be learned in the law to know in your heart that it's wrong," he said. "Now you have to be punished because you excel at something?" 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My View From the Cheap-Seats: By Mark Rosen; Director of Parks & Recreation I admit it; I get frustrated when I am actually practice with my kids at At one time we implemented a “drop- approached by citizens when they home; I could catch up on chores dead time” for cancelling games. Un- complain about matters that are en- around the house; I was able to sit and fortunately at the time we didn't take tirely out of my hands. I once found it relax and have a meaningful conversa- into account the parent that worked in unbelievable that people would actu- St. Louis and arranged their schedule tion with my wife and/or neighbors. ally get mad when I would cancel a to take off early to get home in time to game at 4:30pm due to impending So I found the ‘aggravation’ of having get things ready for a 6:00 game. In severe weather only to have the skies to reschedule, work in my favor. addition, throw in the single parent clear and the yellow and red on the The part that is frustrating for me was who is trying to keep a sense of nor- radar screen that was at the southern malcy in their children’s life and is facing the fact that an entire day’s border of Madison County (St. Mor- faced with not having a partner at gan) fall apart. worth of work was done for nothing home to assist. I find it frustrating because as a parent, and other duties in the parks were put I know the aggravation of having to off for yet another day. Staff had to There is no doubt that things could be deal with having to reschedule plans. devote time to phone calls and com- better. However, my message is to But then it occurred to me that this can plaints that were a result of erring on simply ask everyone to realize that we work in my favor and my family’s the side of caution. do think of all the scenarios when it favor. comes to rearranging a schedule and to This ‘aggravation’ of having to re- I agree that it would be great to have know that we really, sincerely try our schedule resulted in something posi- the luxury of knowing exactly when or very best to make your experience as tive instead. Through the years of if a thunderstorm will hit Highland. It easy as possible. As the saying goes: ‘aggravation’ I was able to have sup- would be ideal to have an exact time when life hands you a bowl of lemons, per with my family in a calm, relaxed when a decision could be made but, make lemonade! manner; I was able to take my son like life, not everything is perfect. fishing; I was able to play catch or See you next time!
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