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Section 5

Part 10 - Simon Says


(Start the scene with a bunch of players dribbling around in a box)

Coach: "'Simon Says' is an extremely versatile drill because it exercise a number of different skills and can easily be adapted to use with any age group or skill level. For younger kids you can incorporate the traditional simon-says rules where they must do something only if simon says. For older kids you can usually drop the simon says part and focus simply on skill building."
(do a quick clip here just as a transition from one coach speaking scene to the next. Just have some player or players doing a skill like a quick turn with the ball or something)

Coach: "To start, setup a square or rectangle similar in size to that used in 'Top Gun.' Each player will need a ball. There are two main stages to this game. The first is a stage where players dribbling around in the box doing different skills that the coach will call out. Things like dribbling fast, dribbling backwards, doing turns and stopping quickly are good examples of what can be used. To make things more interesting you can have everyone dribble with their head, dribble while crab walking, dribbling while walking on their heels, or dribbling as fast as they possibly can. These irregular acts can help to reinforce what is correct and what is not. For example dribbling flat-footed, dribbling on their toes, and dribbling on the very tips of their toes will help players realize which way of dribbling is the easiest and therefore the best. Try it out and see what you decide."
(close out this scene with a clip of players dribbling in the box. Make is short since it is old info)

(Start this next scene with the coach trying to dribble while on the very tips of their toes. Do maybe 3 seconds or so and then have the coach realize that the camera is rolling. They then get down to business and the camera zooms into a normal front view of the coach)

Coach; "Depending on the group of players and what type of stuff the coach gets them to do, the players will eventually start to get tired of the same old thing. They will stop focusing on improving and will become lazy. Typically this will happen early so we need a way to keep the players interested as well as making the drill last longer. Stage two is the answer. Stage two is a nameless game that is quite common used at practices for younger teams. This is too bad since it teaches some important skills that are important to players of any age or skill level. For the sake of 'Simon Says' I have simply named this game 'The Game'. 'The Game' is very simple. The object is to be the last player with a soccer ball still in the square. To eliminate a player one must kick another player's ball out of the box. A player doesn't necessary need to even have their ball. As long as the ball is somewhere within the box then they are still in the game. As soon as a player's ball leaves the box they are eliminated and cannot kick any one else's ball out. Basically everyone is dribbling around trying to kick out everyone else's ball while protecting their own."
(show a longer clip, 10-15 seconds, of 'The Game' in action. Make sure the clip shows people both protecting their ball and some kicking others' out)

Coach: "'The Game' is started by simply calling out 'play the game' or 'simon says play the game' during stage one of the drill. After 'The Game' is over and there is a winner, go back and start at stage one again. The fun of playing 'The Game' and the anticipation of when 'The Game' will start again will keep players focused on the drill and working hard."