Concept Based Practice Format
Concept Focused Style Sample Training Session
This practice format is an older traditional style that allows a coach to customize each practice session to their specific team. There should be a central concept uniting and focusing the session. The activities chosen should allow players to work on skills related to the central concept.
-10) Warm-up activity - Players arrive at practice and engage in an activity that gets them moving and ready for practice. This may or may not involve a ball.
-20) Ball Skills – Players are given time to work on individual ball skills (toe taps, dribbling, turns, juggling, ect).
-25) Present Concept – Players huddle and are presented with the central concept of the training session.
-35) Activity 1 – Players engage in repetitive game like activity that works on skills related to the central concept of the training session. Coaches provide positive feedback and ask guided questions.
-45) Activity 2 – Players engage in a second activity working on skills related to the central concept. Coaches again provide positive feedback and ask guided questions.
-60) Game Play – Players engage in a full scale game to put into practice the skills developed during the training session. Coaches reinforce the central concept by providing positive feedback to moments of success in utilizing the skills learned.