Welcome Youth Recreational Coaches

Thank you for being a part of HFC! Your contribution to our kids and your community is greatly appreciated! The effort that you all put in is what makes a great experience for everyone involved. Enjoy and have fun!

We are going to use this page to deliver content and be a resource for Coaching and Player Development. It will allow us to make adjustments as needed. If we make significant updates we will send you an email and reference back to this page any new or updated content. We will build as we go and work together.

Coaching Instruction to promote Player Development-Click. We have a lot of content posted that can be reviewed. Feel free to ask questions. If you want to get in depth we will get Westley to help explain it. We are always willing to talk about youth sports and soccer!

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Schedule: The schedule was created using a round robin format. We have games occur during the week and on weekends for each team. If you find that you are playing another team too many times please work with other coaches and make game day adjustments. We are always playing either way! Anyone who wants to come and watch on any given day is fun for us and the kids!

Practice Sessions: Play-Practice-Play Model. Promote and teach proper ball handling fundamentals, dribbling, passing and shooting. Create small sided games by dividing your section of field in half. Ask questions. How do you do something? Why do you do something? Keep it simple. In time it will all come together and our kids will grow into more competitive soccer players.

  • PLAY. When players arrive, introduce them to the small sided game. Match ups do not need to be perfect but keep competitive. Make cone goals for each direction of play. Do not over instruct, just get them playing the game.

  • PRACTICE. Dribble, passing and shooting. Refer to technical practice drills and fun games to promote dribbling, passing and shooting. Focus on one tap, one step for dribbling. Even though we are practicing we are always trying to move and play!

  • PLAY. Finish the training session by playing within your own team or play with the other team on your field.

 

Game Play: When players arrive, introduce them to the small sided game to warm up for fifteen minutes. When playing the game. We understand that situations arise or an opportunity to do something different for a better game experience occurs. Make necessary adjustments together. Promote cheering for your teammates when on the sideline. When in possession of the ball the goal is to create dribbling, passing and shooting opportunities by player separation and attacking. When a team is not in possession of the ball the goal is to steal the ball and at the same time create a dribbling or passing opportunity to start an attack.

  • Suggested Game Formations:

    • PreK-K - 4v4. The goal is to play a diamond formation. This will include one Forward, one Right, one Left and one Back. Every player should play all positions. Remember, instead of saying defense say Back. Essentially, everyone is playing defense when we are not in possession of the ball. We will be providing additional content.

    • 1st-2nd Grade - 4v4. The goal is to play a diamond formation. This will include one Forward, one Right, one Left and one Back. Every player should play all positions. Remember, instead of saying defense say Back. Essentially, everyone is playing defense when we are not in possession of the ball. Introduce the concept of defending the goal and attacking the opponents goal. We will be providing additional content.

    • 3rd-4th Grade - 7v7. Includes goalie. Please review our 7v7 Formations. This is the same information that we provide for HFC Competitive teams at U9/U10. The concepts are the same and this is the introduction to position roles within team formations. Feel free to ask questions about the numbering system. If you want to get in depth we will get Westley to help explain it! Keep it simple and start with the 3-2-1 Formation.

Weather: The city will notify field closures by 3PM of the current day. You can sign up for text notifications from the city by texting CITYFIELDS to 888777. If you see lighting you must cancel your training or game. If you are thinking about canceling, communicate with the other coach on your field to have an appropriate plan. We will keep definining and communicating this process.

Coaches Contacts: Finalizing and will send to Coaches

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Contact Info

HFC United
P.O. Box 596
Hastings, MN 55033

Email: hfcunited.board.president@gmail.com or

hfcunited.adm@gmail.com