Soccer conditioning and fitness should be made into a game as well soccer skills workouts.
The best games are simple, fun and don’t take a lot of explaining to do. If there are tons of rules and explanations it takes away from the main purpose which is to move and get fit!
Here are two games which kids will be very familiar with.
For this game, have exercises and the numbers of exercises. Here is a short list…
- Jumping jacks
- Running in place
- Hop on one foot
- Butt kickers
- Balance on one leg
In the original game if you made a mistake you had to sit out or even do some form of punishment.
Do not do that. When they make a mistake simply have them do a quick shout out. Some thing like “Earthquakes Rock!” (or whatever the name of your team is). The purpose is to get the whole team to move.
It is not to get them to stop exercising or be punished.
This game takes some mental focus effort as well as physical effort.
I like it because it can be done with a whole range of ages and abilities.
To play, you have a pre-selected order of events. For instance:
- T Push-ups
- V Sit-ups
- Backward jumps
The kids do the first exercise (1). Then they do the first and second (1,2). Then (1,2,3) and then (1,2,3,4).
You could go as high as you want and you can also go back down. They have to remember the order of the exercises and how many were given.
The numbers of exercises given do not correspond to the number of the exercise. But be careful. Because you’re doing 1, 2, and 3 so many times don’t have a lot of repetitions at the beginning of the game.
So try them out. Make some up of your own. The more games you can use in your soccer practice the more fun your team and kids will have. And the better they will be.
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