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U12 COACHING CURRICULUM

U12 SESSION PLANS

12U (5TH/6TH GRADE)

Seasonal session plans can be used regardless of the year listed. 

 

12U (5th/6th Grade) Grassroots Session Plans Fall 2019

Attacking Sessions

Defending Sessions

Building up in Own Half

Preventing Build up in Opponents Half

Building up in the Opponents Half

Preventing Build up in Own Half

Scoring Goals

Preventing Goals

 

12U (5th/6th Grade) Grassroots Session Plans Spring 2019

Attacking Sessions

Building up in Own Half (1)

Building up in Own Half (2)

Building up in the Opponents Half (1)

Building up in the Opponents Half (2)

Scoring Goals (1)

Scoring Goals (2)

Defending Sessions

Preventing Build up in Opponents Half (1)

Preventing Build up in Opponents Half (2)

Preventing Build up in Own Half (1)

Preventing Build up in Own Half (2)

Preventing Goals (1)

Preventing Goals (2)

 

12U (5th/6th Grade) Grassroots Session Plans Fall 2018

Attacking Sessions

Building up in Own Half (1)

Building up in Own Half (2)

Building up in the Opponents Half (1)

Building up in the Opponents Half (2)

Scoring Goals (1)

Scoring Goals (2)

Defending Sessions

Preventing Build up in Opponents Half (1)

Preventing Build up in Opponents Half (2)

Preventing Build up in Own Half (1)

Preventing Build up in Own Half (2)

Preventing Goals (1)

Preventing Goals (2)

 

12U (5th/6th Grade) Grassroots Session Plans Spring 2018

Attacking Sessions

Building up in Own Half (1)

Building up in Own Half (2)

Building up in the Opponents Half (1)

Building up in the Opponents Half (2)

Scoring Goals (1)

Scoring Goals (2)

Defending Sessions

Preventing Build up in Opponents Half (1)

Preventing Build up in Opponents Half (2)

Preventing Build up in Own Half (1)

Preventing Build up in Own Half (2)

Preventing Goals (1)

Preventing Goals (2)

 

12U (5th/6th Grade) Grassroots Session Plans Fall 2017

Attacking Sessions

Building up in the Defensive Half

Building up in the Defensive Half

Building up in the Attacking Half

Building up in the Attacking Half

Scoring Goals from Central Areas

Scoring Goals from Wide Areas

Defending Sessions

Distributing Build up play in the Attacking Half

Distributing Build up play in the Defensive Half

Preventing Scoring Chances from Central Areas

Preventing Scoring Chances from Wide Areas





In order to make practices run smoothly and be fun, it is important for us to have a basic understanding of the intellectual, emotional and physical developmental stage of the players we are coaching. Here are some typical characteristics of the Under 12 player:

  • All children are maturing at different rates and are sensitive to that fact.
  • Need to warm-up and stretch as muscle pulls and other nagging injuries tend to become more common.
  • Typically understand elemental abstract concepts and hypothetical situations.
  • They like to solve problems.
  • Peer evaluation is a constant.
  • Egos are sensitive.
  • Coordination may depend on whether or not they are in a growth spurt.
  • Technique still needs to be reinforced constantly.
  • Playing too much can lead to overuse injuries.
  • Playing too much and not feeling like they have a choice in the matter can lead to burnout and drop-out.
  • This is the dawn of tactics!
  • Keep asking the players to be creative and to take risks.
  • Ask for feedback from them. They will tell you how things are going.
  • Try to hand over leadership and ownership of the team to them. They will enjoy leading and it will add to the learning environment.

u12 Coaching Curriculum

12U (Grade 5/6) Grassroots Session Plans - Spring 2019

U12 Week 1U12 Week 2U12 Week 3U12 Week 4
U12 Week 5U12 Week 6U12 Week 7U12 Week 8



12U (Grade 5/6) Grassroots Session Plans - Fall 2018

Attacking Sessions
Building Up in Own Half (1)

Building Up in Own Half (2)

Building up in the Opponents Half (1)

Building up in the Opponents Half (2)

Scoring Goals (1)Scoring Goals (2)

Defending Sessions

Preventing Build Up in Opponents Half (1)Preventing Build Up in Opponents Half (2)
Preventing Build Up in Own Half (1)Preventing Build Up in Own Half (2)
Preventing Goals (1)Preventing Goals (2)


Click here to download all Fall 2018 U12 session plans in a single PDF



12U (Grade 5/6) Grassroots Session Plans - Spring 2018

 

Attacking Sessions
Building Up in Own Half (1)

Building Up in Own Half (2)

Building up in the Opponents Half (1)

Building up in the Opponents Half (2)

Scoring Goals (1)Scoring Goals (2)

Defending Sessions

Preventing Build Up in Opponents Half (1)Preventing Build Up in Opponents Half (2)
Preventing Build Up in Own Half (1)Preventing Build Up in Own Half (2)
Preventing Goals (1)Preventing Goals (2)


12U (Grade 5/6) Grassroots Session Plans - Fall 2017

Building up in the Defensive HalfBuilding up in the Defensive Half
Building up in the Attacking HalfBuilding up in the Attacking Half
Scoring Goals from Central AreasScoring Goals from Wide Areas
Disrupting Build up in the Attacking HalfDisrupting Build up in the Defensive Half
Prevent Scoring from Central AreasPrevent Scoring from Wide Areas


In order to make practices run smoothly and be fun, it is important for us to have a basic understanding of the intellectual, emotional and physical developmental stage of the players we are coaching. Here are some typical characteristics of the Under 12 player:

  • All children are maturing at different rates and are sensitive to that fact.
  • Need to warm-up and stretch as muscle pulls and other nagging injuries tend to become more common.
  • Typically understand elemental abstract concepts and hypothetical situations.
  • They like to solve problems.
  • Peer evaluation is a constant.
  • Egos are sensitive.
  • Coordination may depend on whether or not they are in a growth spurt.
  • Technique still needs to be reinforced constantly.
  • Playing too much can lead to overuse injuries.
  • Playing too much and not feeling like they have a choice in the matter can lead to burnout and drop-out.
  • This is the dawn of tactics!
  • Keep asking the players to be creative and to take risks.
  • Ask for feedback from them. They will tell you how things are going.
  • Try to hand over leadership and ownership of the team to them. They will enjoy leading and it will add to the learning environment.
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