The 13+ Age Group
A new series of training sessions has been uploaded for the fall season. These are designed to assist the novice coach in their weekly training for the 11v11 Play Format. These activities use the Play-Practice-Play methodology. Feel free to download these to your mobile device or print them.
Characteristics of the 13+ Player
- The more advanced U-14 players are able to execute the range of skills, but most others are still developing previously taught skills and are now being exposed to these additional skills.
- Important psychosocial implications for a child entering puberty – early or late .
- Popularity influences self-esteem.
- Tests limits – a know-it-all attitude .
- Fertile period to learn – full of eagerness.
- Tend to be quite self-critical and may need regular positive reinforcement.
- Bodies are going through physical changes that affect personal appearance
- There will be significant differences in physical maturation rates between individuals.
- Rapid growth spurts of the skeleton leave ligaments, tendons and muscles catching up, so coordination and balance are astray. Temporary gangly movement may result in a loss of touch on the ball. Players do not always make the connection between their growth spurt and the temporary loss of form; they need help realizing that everything will come back into synch in six to 18 months.