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Planning a Training Session - Ages

Throughout Modules 1, 2 and 3 we will be looking at various ways of planning sessions, particularly from an Italian perspective, but one thing that is very important to keep in mind is the age group of players with whom you will be working and their physical capabilities.  It is utterly pointless (not to mention frustrating) putting together the most fantastic session plan only to discover on the pitch that the players are either not capable of doing what you are asking them to do physically or, equally frustrating, that the session isn't challenging enough.  Adjustments to sessions can, of course, be made on the pitch and a good Coach will be able to recognise when things aren't going as they should and be able to adjust accordingly, but it is much better to have thought of this at the planning stage than to have to try to make the best of things later on. 


On a similar note, this is worth keeping in mind with adult players.  If you are coaching at an elite level then it is possible to put together complex technical sessions which are physically and mentally demanding.  If, on the other hand, you are coaching a team of occasional players who play mainly for fun then it may be more appropriate to start of with something less challenging and gradually build things up.  It is the responsibility of each individual Coach to figure these things out but we think the following information should be useful. 

Children Aged 5 - 8 years old

- Short Attention Span

- Difficulty understanding abstract concepts

- Don't understand that the view of others may be different from their own

- Dependent on Adults

- Little muscle power but motor behaviour is very active

- Do not have much control of quick movements

- Good joint mobility but their cardiovascular, circulatory and respiratory systems are not yet fully developed

Session content should be based largely on fun and practical, simple games

Children Aged 9 - 12 years old

- See Module 1

Children Aged 13 - 15 years old

- See Module 2

Children Aged 18-18 years old

See Module 3

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